General · 22nd March 2012
At 7:45 on March 23, Friday Flicks presents Sarah's Key at Quadra community Centre. The film is rated PG-13.
In July 1942, Paris police arrested hundreds of Jewish families, held them at the Vélodrome d'Hiver, then transferred them to a nearby internment camp. Families were broken apart. Most were shipped on trains to extermination camps, but a few managed to escape.
SARAH'S KEY opens in one apartment just before the police bust in. Ten-year-old Sarah locks her younger brother in a cupboard, promising to return. She and her parents are then swept away to the Velodrome, and await their fate. Sarah clutches the key – a tactile symbol of her determination to rescue her brother.
Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is an American journalist living in Paris with her French husband and teenage daughter. While researching the 1942 incident, Julia stumbles on a family connection to Sarah. The apartment where Sarah’s family lived was taken over by her husband’s family shortly after the roundup. Julia becomes fixated on discovering what happened to Sarah.
As a complex web of revelations connects the two stories. SARAH’S KEY never pulls its punches; never fails to open your heart.