From the moment she discovers the fate of her brother we learn very little about her.
The history the movie mines is certainly painful, but I think it relies too heavily on the Holocaust without actually selling it, especially at the character level.
All the husband had to do was make the trip to Paris himself, bring the key and ask the new owner Julia's husband's grandfather to open the closet.
As 10-year old Sarah and her family are being arrested, she hides her younger brother in a closet.
They were named Stella and Vanessa by their parents after the two women in Jonathan Swift's life.
The concierge is seen to be not all that worried by the events, and a French woman leans out of a high window over the courtyard and says: 'They are only getting what they deserve.
The tale of a family of four ripped from their home is told largely in flashbacks, and the truth about the past is uncovered gradually by a journalist Kristin Scott Thomas whose husband's family owns the home in the present.
Perhaps the most gripping scenes in 'Sarah's Key' involve the deportation of the Jews during the infamous Parisian roundup.