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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  • Comment number 36. Posted by alice296

    on 28 Aug 2011 23:02

    I just had to register as I felt so compelled to thank and compliment you on this - Kristin Scott Thomas is one of the few true great film stars; she is utterly brilliant, and on several occasions has managed to hold films together that, without her, would fail miserably. I would in fact put Leaving in this category - I think the plot is unrealistic to the point of ridiculous, and yet kristin's performance somehow brings a level of sensitivity and honesty to the film that would otherwise seem impossible. I am utterly in awe of her; many of my male friends tell me that I love her so much just because she is the 'only good female actress - and not even that good', that my respect for her comes from some misplaced feminism - how very far from the truth.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by RussiansEatBambi66

    on 8 Aug 2011 11:34

    @34

    Bankable in the sense that people who want quality can go and see any movie he's in and not be completely let down.

    The films you mentioned were watchable for me because he was in them. I don't love every Daniel Day Lewis film: Gangs of New York and Nine were not great but I got through them because he held them up.

    Oldman is so much more than a screen presence - he's one of the only screen actors working today who actually understands how to transform into different people to play a role.

    I've never seen him rest on a 'signature style' of performance in the way De Niro, Nicholson and Pacino do regularly.

    This is because he always experiments with different roles and sadly sometimes he ends up being let down by his director but he never lets down his film.

    Philip S Hoffmann is another great example of this. He was let down in MI3 but he remained on top form throughout the movie.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by stantons_mustache

    on 8 Aug 2011 09:56

    Russianseatbambi66, sure Gary Oldman is a fantastic screen presence, but he has made films that are beyond terrible, none more so than Tiptoes, Red Riding Hood and Lost in Space. That's not to mention his nondescript, mediocre films like air force one, hannibal, book of eli etc. Brilliant actor, but certainly not bankable.

    I've always loved Kristin Scott Thomas but now more so than ever. For me, her French language films far surpass her English output, English Patient included.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Nick Buggey

    on 7 Aug 2011 14:45

    How has no-one mentioned The Horse Whisperer or Bitter Moon?

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by FiascoKid

    on 5 Aug 2011 17:25

    Whoa! Hold your horses! Since my previous post I've discovered that La Rafle became available on DVD last month. Finger on the pulse I have not.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by FiascoKid

    on 4 Aug 2011 19:17

    Totally agree with you, Dr. K, about Scott Thomas, surely one of the most underrated actresses currently working. I'm certainly going to try to get a hold of this film toot sweet, as our French cousins say. And, indeed, the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But I digress...

    I wonder if you've yet had the opportunity to see the recent Mélanie Laurent/Jean Reno film, La Rafle, which deals with the very same subject matter as Sarah's Key? I'd be extremely interested, as ever, to hear your views on it and if you can shed any light as to whether we in the UK are likely to see it released here? Preferably in cinemas but I'd settle for DVD if needs must.

    Ade, Kilmarnock

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Sapphire77

    on 4 Aug 2011 16:13

    You're welcome, Alina.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Alina

    on 4 Aug 2011 13:42

    @ 23 elkoolio01. I hope that you get the review because I agree that it would interesting. But spamming probably isn't the best way to go about it. It's setting someone up for a "see you, Jimmy" showdown. If Mark finally posts the review then it looks like he's done it because he's been bullied by you. That makes him less inclined to post the review.

    Don't know whether this post will get through because it seems that the mods agree that I shouldn't have privilege to post on this site.

    Thanks, Shapphire77 for your comment.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by spaceodds

    on 4 Aug 2011 10:46

    Scott Thomas is pretty underrated, and like most actors she has done roles that are both challanging and great for an actor and also by the number roles to pay the bills. The fact that she can not only speak, but act in a few other languages has helped her tremendously. She could've easily been shoed into roles that involved, as Brian pointed out, frosty-posh-bird type roles.

    Pretty amazing career for an actress who started out in a Prince vehicle.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 4 Aug 2011 06:51

    We are equally lucky that KST has found enough good roles, and that there are film-makers who have provided them. It's easy enough to take a pop at her for the paying-the-bills type roles, and with her great comic timing, she could have easily or lazily had a career in just the frosty-posh-bird type. In I've Loved You For So Long she plays a character that behaves very stoically in the face of hardship throughout much of the movie, but underpins it so well that you spend much of the time trying to work out how she has become this way, and when the cracks appear as her character grows, it is all the more devastating, a great performance. She's up there with Isabelle Hupert. Say what you like about the French, they're not afraid to make good films with great actresses, which probably won't attract scores of multiplex teenagers. That said, KST was equally great in Nowhere Boy.

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