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Sarah's Key

Kristin Scott-Thomas | WAR REPORTER Kristin Scott Thomas hunts for a girl who was rounded up in the Holocaust

WAR REPORTER Kristin Scott Thomas hunts for a girl who was rounded up in the Holocaust (Julien Bonet)

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Sarah's Key

Starring: Niels Arestrup, Kristin Scott-Thomas; Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner; Author: Gilles Paquet-Brenner; Runtime (in minutes): 111; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

It’s getting harder to make a Holocaust movie that doesn’t feel made up of bits and pieces of other Holocaust movies. Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-seller, this moderately absorbing mystery/meditation tells the story of 10-year-old Sarah, who is detained in the 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv roundup — a mass arrest of Jews by French police. Kristin Scott Thomas is the present-day journalist who hunts for Sarah, their fates both linked to a piece of blood real estate in Paris. The Holocaust scenes are wrenching, the past-meets-present dialectics less so. B

Originally posted July 20 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT

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