Sarah's Key Reviews
A movingly told tale of tragedy and its consequences, not just for the players in the original tragedy but also for those touched by their actions, in an ever-widening circle of aftershocks.
"Sarah's Key" cuts back and forth between a tragic story involving the Holocaust and an essentially trivial, feel-good story about a modern-day reporter. It's an awkward fit and diminishes the impact of the earlier story.
Thomas carries the weight of the movie, and her usual sangfroid works against her; when she finally makes contact with the deported couple's grandson, the story crumples into sentimentality
Based on a popular novel by Tatiana De Rosnay, Sarah's Key has perhaps a few too many coincidences and complications, but its impact is undeniable. The scars of war never truly heal.
While the flashbacks come to life through small acts of courage and kindness amid epic-scale evil, the frame story is a recurring letdown that feels trivial and contrived.
Painful, blood-curdling and ultimately heartbreaking, Sarah's Key occasionally moves too ponderously for its own good, but its myriad elements are coherent and easy to follow.