Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

DVD - 2011
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One of the darkest moments in French history occurred in 1942 Paris when French officials rounded up over 10,000 Jews and placed them in local camps. Eventually over 8,000 were sent off to German concentration camps. As 10-year old Sarah and her family are being arrested, she hides her younger brother in a closet. After realizing she will not be allowed to go home, Sarah does whatever she can to get back to her brother. In 2009, a journalist named Julia is on assignment to write a story on the deported Jews in 1942. When she moves into her father-in-law's childhood apartment, she realizes it once belonged to the Strazynski family, and their daughter Sarah.

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empbee
Aug 13, 2016

Heart breaking story taking place in Vichy's 1942 deportation of Jews; child wisdom and adult guilt causing further tragedy. Some hard to believe scenes, but all in all a well done movie.

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JoaBiblio
Jul 05, 2016

Heart wrenching and hard to watch movie.
The hardest place to escape is from oneself. Some people can't simply continue.
Didn't know about the shameful episode of Vel' d'Hiv's roundups.
Wonderful K. Scott in English and French.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 05, 2016

Any film with a holocaust theme is always hard to watch. This one is no exception. As a film, the editing can be much improved. Scenes jumping back and forth in time are often confusing. A good story, though.

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mckeett
Apr 08, 2016

OK movie with pretty good acting. Reaffirms that the French Vichy government and gendarmes - not just the Nazis - were responsible for shipping thousands of Jews to their deaths including children. The scene switches back and forth from present to 1942, and it doesn't quite work for me. Also, whoever did the English subtitles wasn't an English speaker.

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KennyBania
Mar 16, 2016

A decent movie but the English subtitles are a disaster. Some of them didn't even make sense and were understandable only because I understand enough french to figure out what they were actually saying.

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BeccaG98
Feb 11, 2016

I was expecting a Hallmark TV type movie - but this was so much more! Excellent story, well acted, deep plot lines, and WWII history in France that was new to me. Highly recommend this film to anyone.

ECPat Dec 13, 2015

Must-see. Well-done, gripping, and informative.

white_butterfly_381 Aug 20, 2015

Excellent movie even my pre-teen thought so too. A mix of emotions with some french history we have not heard about before.

ChampionMDR May 21, 2015

Mediocre and convoluted.

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bjohns
May 20, 2015

This was indeed one of 2011's best films. A story about the deportation of Jews in Paris, it isn't too gory but very realistic. The film will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire time. The only thing I didn't like about this flick is the husband who wanted a divorce because he didn't want to raise a child. What sickness pervading our culture -- choosing convenience over life! Anyways, Kristen Scott Thomas has made a string of convincing movies and I look forward to her next. See this movie!!!

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BeccaG98
Feb 11, 2016

BeccaG98 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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fearlessforever
Dec 27, 2012

fearlessforever thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Other: There is a scene of Sarah and Rachel in a lake enjoying the water. you see that Rachel and Sarah are topless. But they are wearing their underwear so I would not really consider this as nudity.

Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The 1942 Parts are occasionally Intense.

Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Violence: The 1942 parts. You see a little violence.

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Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

The story is about a girl named Sarah who in 1942 locked her brother into a cupboard believing she was going to return for him within a few minutes. Turned into months. During the arrest and bring Sarah and her parents to the Work Camps. During these clips the film jumps to 2009 to a journalist named Julia Jarmond. Her husband is re-modeling his childhood apartment where she, him, and their daughter Zoe will live one day. She has to write en article on Vel d'Hiv and it leads her to Sarah and the deeply hidden family secret, and what happened to her brother.

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fearlessforever
Dec 11, 2012

Never forget.

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