» Reviews: Sarah’s Key

Nathan Schwartz

|    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
  • Producer: Stéphane Marsil
  • Writer: Serge Joncour, Gilles Paquet-Brenner
  • Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Mashkevich
  • Distributor: TVA Films
  • Running Time: 111 min
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, War

With a handful of emotionally wrenching sequences, and some very strong acting, specifically Kristin Scott Thomas and Mélusine Mayance, Sarah’s Key did offer some rather affecting moments. However, I don’t think the two stories portrayed meshed perfectly. Each one on their own carried a good deal of promise (especially Mayance’s plotline), but being split between both stories, the movie couldn’t fully communicate either. But, sadly, this wasn’t the biggest snafu, the atrocious subtitles were. Improper grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, among other such errors, plagued the screen rendering an otherwise moderately moving film considerably ineffective and, on multiple occasions, incomprehensible.

Verdict: Forget It

 

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