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Friday, December 2, 2011

Sarah's Key

Cover from Amazon
I usually read a book before I see the movie. However, last night we rented Sarah's Key at our local Redbox and now I plan to read the book.

Kristin Scott Thomas stars as an American journalist married to a Frenchman and living in Paris. She is assigned an article about the Vel d'Hiv in July, 1942, where the Nazis ordered the French police to round up the Jews who were ultimately taken to Auschwitz.

Meanwhile she and her husband plan to move into the apartment that his family has owned since August of 1942. She learns that a Jewish family lived there until they were taken by the police. She discovers a family secret that changes her life.

As she researches her article, she finds that her life becomes entwined with the lives of the Jewish family, the Starzynskis. The film moves effortlessly between the past and the present. She learns that only Sarah, the 10-year-old daughter, survived.

The movie captured our attention from the beginning and we sat in dreadful anticipation of what would happen to members of the Jewish family.

Afterwards, I researched the movie and found that it was based on a best-selling novel written by Tatiana de Rosnay. This fictional account of an historical event recounts the history of Jews in Paris under the Nazi regime.

I had never heard of the book and now I can't wait to read it. It's available in print and ebook formats. I certainly recommend the movie to anyone who likes history and stories about human relationships.

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