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Sarah's Key Details


A tragic and shameful moment in French history continues to have consequences in the present day in this screen adaptation of the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is an American writer living in Paris with her husband, Bertrand (Frédéric Pierrot), an architect who is restoring a block of apartments in Paris owned by his family. Julia learns that Bertrand's family obtained the building through less than honorable means; the original owners were Jews who were forced to sell in the wake of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942, when the Nazi-affiliated Vichy government arrested over 13,000 Parisian Jews. One of the victims was Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance), a ten-year-old girl who tried to protect her younger brother by locking him in a cupboard in their apartment. Fearing for her brother's safety, Sarah escapes the crowded cycling stadium where the Jews are being held and tries to make her way back home. Julia learns of Sarah's story while doing research on the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, and her investigation teaches her a great deal about an event many in France are reluctant to discuss, as well as the links to Bertrand's family. Elle S'Appelait Sarah (aka Sarah's Key) was, along with Mélusine Mayance, one of two films concerning the Vel'd'Hiv Roundup released in France in 2010. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 22, 2011


Kristin Scott Thomas
as Julia Jarmond
Mélusine Mayance
as Sarah
Niels Arestrup
as Jules Dufaure
Frédéric Pierrot
as Bertrand Tezac
Michel Duchaussoy
as Edouard Tezac
Dominique Frot
as Genevieve Dufaure
Gisele Casadesus
as Mamé
Aidan Quinn
as William Rainsferd
Arben Bajraktaraj
as M. Starzynski
James Gerard
as Mike
Joseph Rezwin
as Joshua
Kate Moran
as Alexandra
Alexandre LeProvost
as Policeman
Simon Eine
as Franck Levy
Julie Fournier
as Vel d'Hiv Woman
Joanna Merlin
as Mme. Rainsferd
Georges Birt
as Richard Rainsferd
Vincianne Millereau
as Nathalie Dufaure
Dan Herzberg
as Red-Haired Policeman
Jacqueline Noelle
as Old Lady
Jean-Pierre Hutinet
as Doctor
Francois D'Aubigny
as Policeman 2 Vel d'Hiv
Stephanie Gesnel
as Young Woman at the Window
Mark Fairchild
as Bob Rainsferd
Melinda Wade
as Young American Woman
Kiley Liddell
as Baby Sarah
Brooke Liddell
as Baby Sarah


Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stephane Marsil
Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Pascal Ridao
Max Richter
Composer (Music Score)
Herve Schneid
Françoise Dupertuis
Production Designer
Lionel Closson
Executive Producer
Gaetan Rousseau
Executive Producer
Jade Healy
Set Decorator
Eric Perron
Costume Designer
Erika Munro
Costume Designer
Bruno Seznec
Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Coutard
First Assistant Director
Fabien Devillers
Sound Mixer
Gary Giudice
Line Producer
Gill Robillard
Josiane Morand
Script Supervisor
Lina Todd
Casting Director
Rodolphe Chabrier
Visual Effects Supervisor
Stephane Desmarez
Key Hairstylist
Anne Gilles
Second Assistant Director
Jacques Bled
Visual Effects Producer
Veronique Bosle
Key Hairstylist
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator
Emmanuel Maintigneux
Set Dresser