Minggu, 29 Mei 2011

Gilles Paquet-Brenner - Elle s'appelait Sarah aka Sarah’s Key (2010)

When journalist Julia Jesmond is commissioned to write an article about the notorious 1942 Val dhal Round Up, she stumbles on an appalling family secret. The apartment she and her French husband plan to move into was once occupied by the Jewish Starzynski family who were sent to the camps in the Round Up. As Julia investigates their fate she begins searching for their daughter Sarah and also for her own place in the world.


Sarah’s Key, a film directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner is based on a book written by Tatiana de Rosnay. This film has got to be one of the most touching and beautiful renditions of the Jewish holocaust that took place in of all places, Paris, July 1942. Most holocaust films focus on the Nazis and how they were the main persecutors of the Jews. This film, however, blows all our expectations out of the water and brings us to Paris, France where the French police were the persecuting party instead of our usual suspects, the Germans. Following a young Jewish girl by the name of Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance) we watch as she and her family are ripped away from their homes in a frenzy of confusion. Sarah believes they will soon be back but does not realize they are victims of the Vel’ d’Hiv round-up of over 10,000 other Jews. She had locked her young brother in the closet assuring herself and him that they would be home soon. The truth of the matter was that their final destination was never to come back home, but to end up in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

Aside from Sarah’s story we are told the story of another woman named Julia (Kristen Scott Thomas) who worked as a journalist in France with the job of writing a story about the 1942 roundup of the Jews. Through her research she uncovers the story of Sarah who happens to serve as a link to Julia’s own family past. The French had always denied the truth of their involvement with the murder of so many innocent families based solely on their religious affiliations. They were not held as accountable for their actions the same way the Germans had been. Now finally a story was allowed to be shared that showcased how they were also participants in the persecution of the Jews. Finally we can mourn over those lost in Paris, with this visually powerful and shocking film.

It was an honor to have seen this film at its US premiere at the opening night of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, however, my heart hurts after seeing it. Watching as children, women, and men were torn apart from their lives forever and quickly replaced as if they had never existed. Leaving the theater I hung my head and heart low with sadness and hopelessness for all of those people and their families. Sarah’s Key touched my world in so many ways. I am still reeling with emotion and not quite sure what to do with it all. I honor this feeling but feel entirely hopeless for a time that is now lost other than to show my deepest remorse. I am thankful that such films exist, it gives a different perspective on the persecution of the Jews from much more than just the Nazi Germans. From something that could be our very own government just like these people were forced to endure in Paris back in July of 1942.

Reviewed by Katie Funk Sarah's Key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) 2010 BDRip B.avi Sarah's Key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) 2010 BDRip A.avi Sarah's Key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) 2010 BDRip Sarah's Key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) 2010 BDRip

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