Initially seeming like a comedy about the vicarious voyeurism of a literature teacher at a Paris high school, it casually transforms itself into something else: a psychological thriller of sorts, in which what is real is never quite clear and never particularly important.
In a compelling new film, Kristin Scott Thomas plays a beautiful widow who seduces American writer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawkes). We recently spoke with Scott Thomas about "The Woman in the Fifth" and the woman behind her many roles.
Who doesn't love a good cat fight? I'm not talking about old-fashioned ladies mud wrestling or a trailer trash hair-pulling contest. I'm referring to the kind of fight where acid thoughts fly across the stage on malicious darts guided by a frightening level of intelligence.
"Sarah's Key" is a wrenching film told on two levels about one woman's desperate story. Even as it indicts the French for their complicity in the extermination of the Jews, it examines the reverberations of that era that continue today.