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Kristin Scott Thomas searches for the truth behind a Nazi raid in wartime Paris

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Another nuanced turn from Kristin Scott Thomas anchors this respectful if didactic adap of Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestseller.

KST plays an American journo in Paris researching a story about the Vel d’Hiv raid in 1942 (recently dramatised in The Round Up) in which thousands of Jews were deported to German death camps by French authorities.

Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner treats the material with appropriate restraint. The fluent past/ present time-shifts are seasoned with moral ambiguity – as well as the possibility of fresh beginnings.

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