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.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.