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Sarah’s Key

Review Date: 7-17-2011

Release Date: USA 7-22-2011

Runtime: 111 min.

Period: 1942 – 2011

Costume Designer: Eric Perron

I saw this film at LA’s Museum of Tolerance, in a screening followed by a Q & A with the director, and all I can say is WOW. Many of you may have already read the novel of the same name by Tatiana de Rosnay. The film is an adept adaptation of the novel, and it does not disappoint!!

For those of you who have not read the novel, but want to see the film, do not read past the jump, as there are major spoilers involved. Instead, take my word for it – the film is beautiful, and is appropriate for viewers 12 years old and up. The story is an important, though seldom discussed, part of French history, and it is a compelling story about family and compassion.

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