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Tuesday 2 August 2011, 11:30

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There's a new movie out this week called Sarah's Key starring Kristin Scott Thomas. She once again delivers a fine performance and confirms my feeling that she is one of the very best actors working today.

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    Hey doc, great hear to you saying something positive about a film don't stop here, i'll try and track down 'Sarah's key' in a cinema.Kristin Scott Thomas is an actress who understands that film is about the small subtle gestures rather than the big expreessions.

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    Comment number 2.

    Come on Mark, where's this Big Lebowski review?

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    She inexplicably appeared in the Bruckheimer-produced CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC back in 2009, a film I only remember for how stunningly generic it was.

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    This is the same Kristin Scott Thomas who was in Mission Impossible are you telling us that you enjoyed that film?

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    Definitely an underated actor and to me the best one in the English Patient. Perhaps she could have been big in Hollywood following that films huge success and Four Weddings.

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    Comment number 6.

    Off-topic: Is it possible to have the webcam footage when listening to the Friday show on catch-up? Watching Mr Flappy Hands enhances the whole experience.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 8.

    I feel the same way about Gary Oldman - the best screen actor ever (De Niro and Brando can take a jump).

    He never let's you down ever. He's always the most interesting character on screen (remember how he effortlessly stole the show away from Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Ray Liotta from behind a latex face in Hannibal?) With all respect to Ridley Scott - Oldman is only thing worthwhile in that movie.

    This is the thing about bankability - certain actors will always deliver and this gives a film an automatic legitimacy.

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    Comment number 9.

    It's a month now since 'Transformers 3 And The Truth About Blockbusters', Doc. Just saying...

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    Comment number 10.

    4 words... Under The Cherry Moon

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    I agree she is a great actor with such a wide range, often overlooked. Just heard she's signed up for the Hangover part 3, or was it sex in the city 3, transformers 4?? Maybe not. I'd agree with the previous commentator that Gary Oldman is always brilliant with whatever he is given to do. Samantha Morton, Daniel Day Lewis and Philips Seymour Hoffman are a few of the others that you can take a blind bet on.
    Enjoy your holidays, looking forward to your appearance at Edinburgh Book festival. Cheers. Pete.

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    Comment number 12.

    Classy lady. She's never had an 'off day' in any of her films (even those that didn't quite hit the target). My obligatory "I loved her in" would have to be "Gosford Park" where she appeared with a number of other great actors/actresses like Kelly Macdonald, to whom I'm betting Dr. K could do a similar post for.*



    * Was that last line grammatically correct, Dr. K?

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    I was lucky enough to see this film in February on a long-haul flight with a French airline. It was called 'Elle s'appelait Sarah' (Her Name Was Sarah). I came across it by accident - scrolling through the unappealing blockbusters and action movies, this film stood out as something different. It is a compelling and unsettling film. I agree that Kristin Scott Thomas's performance is excellent, but so is that of the young actress, MĂ©lusine Mayance, who plays the title role. I subsequently tracked down the book on which the film it based - 'Sarah's Key' by Tatiana de Rosnay - and found it to be similarly compelling. I agree that there is a strangeness about how elements of the film's narrative are constructed, but I think this enhances the visceral urgency mixed with loss, which underpins the film as a whole. Definitely worth seeing.

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    Comment number 14.

    Whenever I hear Dr.K. talking so enthusiasticly about an actor, actress or director, I wonder how honest he can be about reviewing a film by that person... I meen, he sais he went into that movie knowing, that her performance will be gripping... but if you "know" something like that befor you have even seen the movie, I think it's very hard to stay objectiv (not about the movie itsself, but also about the performance of that perticular person in it).

    Of course, when he reviewed the new "Sherlock Holmes" by Guy Ritchie, he proofed, that he can stay objectiv to a movie even though he doesn't like the person involved in it.
    But does it also work the other way around?

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    Comment number 15.

    I always like Kristin Scott Thomas right from a 90's TV series Body and Soul which played a nun turned business woman. I also like in Polanski underrated film Bitter Moon.

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    Comment number 16.

    Mark, I don't know if you've seen her in the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful Of Dust... but there is a remarkable scene with her... that is one of the best pieces of acting I think I've ever seen committed to film.

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    Comment number 17.

    You didnt mention `Keeping Mum` !!! GO MANX!!
    Incidently my neighbour Liz`s hands doubled for Kristin Scott Thomas in that movie. You see i have movie trivia that non of you are party to !!

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    Comment number 18.

    I too have been an admirer of Kristin Scott Thomas for many years. She is a true natural beauty, like Catherine Deneuve. Any role she undertakes is always superb and she brings a sense of class and believeability to it. I will definitely see Sarah's Key when it comes to Oz.

    My favuorite roles that she has done, so far are:

    Richard III - with Sir Ian McKellan
    Life as a House - with Kevin Kline and the witty
    Easy Virtue - with Colin Firth.

    An actress with style, class and most of all, substance. As the good Dr says, you know the movie is going to be good, just because she is in it!

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    Comment number 19.

    I only really remember seeing her in "Bitter moon". I actually remember thinking I thought she was really good. Reminds me of what Terry Gilliam said about the way in which Madeleine Stowe acts, in that you "can't tell she's acting". She's good.

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    Comment number 20.

    Funny, I generally avoid anything she's in like the plague. I got my fill of her in The Horse Whisperer. Just because she spends most of her time doing edgy non-blockbuster fare doesn't mean that she does anything edgy in them. She's always just Kristin Scott Thomas looking at me lazily wondering why I'm not as intrigued by her half asleep gaze as I apparently ought to be.

 

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