Julien Bonet
Owen Gleiberman
July 20, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sarah's Key

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
111 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/22/11
performer
Niels Arestrup, Kristin Scott-Thomas
director
Gilles Paquet-Brenner
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Gilles Paquet-Brenner

We gave it a B

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

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