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Feature 8.5
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 8.5
Total 8.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 111 Minutes
Classification:
M15+
Reviewer: Paul Morrison

8.5


Sarah's Key

Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) plays an American journalist living in Paris, writing for a current affairs magazine. Julia has a French husband, Bertrand Tezac (Frederic Pierrot), and a 12 year old daughter, Zoe (Karina Hin). Julia begins to investigate an event in Paris in July of 1942 when a large number of Jews were arrested and taken to the ‘Vel' d'Hiv’ Velodrome prior to their arrest by French Police. At the same time, Julia and Bertrand renovate Bertrand’s parents' old flat in the Marais district, where many of the Jews were rounded up. When Julia discovers that the Tezacs moved there in August 1942, Julia begins to question Bertrand but Bertrand knows nothing of the events that occurred so many years ago which will, in the near future, very much affect his own life.

The movie begins in that same apartment in 1942. The French police arrive to arrest a Jewish family. Sarah (Melusine Mayance), aged about 10, hides her little brother, Michel (Paul Mercier), in a cupboard. She locks the door with the intention of rescuing him later in the day. She makes him promise that he won't come out, because there is great danger. However, Sarah and her parents are taken away by the French Police and placed in a prison camp. Sarah urgently needs to return to free her brother.

Julia, who is going through her own personal dilemma about whether to abort her pregnancy with Bertrand, uncovers and investigates this story in France in 1942. Her investigations take her around the world in an attempt to find out what happened to Sarah. As Julia learns more about Sarah and the ramifications of the decisions she made in her life, Julia also makes decisions that will influence her for the rest of her own life.

It is these two lives juxtaposed that underpins the story behind the plot of this film. Like a butterfly affect of the small decisions we make in life rippling out to influence so many other aspects of our life. This is very much a script driven film with a very good plot and a number of sub plots. The sort of film that keeps you there to the very end to see what happens. I really liked it.






 
 



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