Sarah's Key

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Sarah's Key

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In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah.
Statement of Responsibility: a Hugo Productions ... [et al.] co-production ; a film by Gilles Paquet-Brenner ; screenplay by Serge Joncour and Gilles Paquet-Brenner ; produced by Stéphane Marsil
Title: Sarah's key
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, Anchor Bay Entertainment,, c2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jan 24, 2014...I'm not exactly sure how this book caught my eye. I was just shelving books at the library, and it popped out at me. I find it interesting that after reading about the content, that this subject is again entering my life. I had just read "Half-Blood Blues" (a pick inspired by "Canada Reads 2014, not a personal interest pick,) and that book was partly placed in France during WW2 as well. This is just one of those little life coincidences that happen? Or....is there some particular purpose or meaning that this location, and these events are appearing or connecting in my life at this time? I guess I'll never know! Anyway, looking forward to reading this book, and then the extra bonus of getting to enjoy the movie as well. If anyone ever tells me they are bored, I'll just tell them to get a library card. More things to do with that than anyone can shake a stick at, and the price is right! (mind you, if you get a little over-zealous with that hold button like I do, it can cost you a few fines if your not on the ball!).....now, I just have to finish "Year of the Flood, watch a 3 or 4 dvd's that are due next week, and I can get on to this one! Somewhere along the way, I should also get my Christmas stuff put away and some dusting, dog walking, and vacuuming done as well....hmmm, also gotta eat in there somewhere, and stay away from those nasty munchies, or my butt will turn into a big jelly mound. I do have a job, luckily it's only part-time!

Report This Dec 07, 2013
  • harrybrowne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent drama. Kristen Scott Thomas is a superb actress ((see her in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and I've Loved You So Long (French)). Gut-wrenching story that will grab hold of you.

problem solved ??? peace after death????

Report This Jul 06, 2013
  • afraalmussawir rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't talk for about fifteen minutes after the film was over, and I'm still thinking about this movie two weeks after watching it. I want to read the book now! It's hard to follow all the generations that pass through this movie, but that only drives home how devastating the Holocaust was for many generations after the end of the war. This movie was full of history I didn't know, especially about the complicity of many of the French in occupied France in the persecution of Jews.

Report This Jan 30, 2013
  • lati2003cb rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am always skeptical to watch a movie after I have read the book. BUT I was not disappointing!!! I would consider this a to own movie for me...

Report This Jan 24, 2013
  • etanitosmama rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book was excellent and I really enjoyed the acting in the movie as well. Very poignant story. That said, unless you speak French or have read the book I do not recommend watching this movie. The English subtitles were absolutely horrible, undecipherable.....as though someone had typed them into a google translator!

This movie was excellent - wonderfully acted, poignant scenes and exquisitely painful. It tells a side of the whole Nazi era in a way not usually talked about. It opened my eyes to France's role, that I was not aware of before. The lead child actress is someone to watch!

Report This Aug 09, 2012
  • HOL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best Nazi related films I've seen thus far. Really emotional.

Report This Jul 29, 2012
  • sablegirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After reading the book I was told was made into a movie. I immediately got the DVD at the library. It was as good as the book. However, I am glad I read the book first.

This was a very moving film - heartbreaking in its depiction of how the French collaborateurs betrayed and murdered their own people. The character of Sarah showed amazing courage and persistence. What I must question, though, is how the hell someone could live in a small apartment and NOT trace a horrible odour (not to give away the plot, BUT!!) as it must have been. I really think the film would have been better without the scene of Sarah's opening the closet door. BUT it is a well-done and haunting film, nevertheless. And one has to wonder, 'what would I have done back then?'

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