Kristin Scott Thomas shows off her French in the bilingual role of a reporter who becomes obsessed with the story of her new Parisian home’s former residents, specifically the titular Sarah and her Jewish parents who were part of the roundup of 13,000 Jews by Nazi decree back in 1942. Thomas’ investigation and seemingly out-of-place marital issues in the present alternate with Sarah’s harrowing journey from camp to home to the USA of the past. The two journeys collide with a welcome appearance by Aidan Quinn as a descendent of Sarah’s, but the film unfortunately falls into formulaic territory shortly thereafter. “We’re all a product of our history” is the message and this film isn’t afraid to go to exploitative measures to convey it. If it proves one thing, it’s that we never know what skeletons lurk in our closets. Ha ha.
Sarah’s Key opens today at the Ritz Five.