Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

DVD - 2011 | Widescreen version
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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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2011
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD SAR DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sarah’s Key is an excellent film about a little known piece of World War II history...the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. This film, based on the 2007 bestselling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, tells the story of one family who is taken away in 1942 during the Roundup and, in the present, one journalist who is ... Read More »

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Feb 11, 2021

Interesting movie for sure. Yet another telling of some of the ways the Jews were horribly treated during WWII, this time by the French. As I understand it, this is not based on a true story itself but is a fictional story built around something that did happen. I would suggest using subtitles also.

Dec 10, 2020

Captivating but heart-wrenching story of the holocaust and how some, though rescued, never recovered from the trauma of horrific circumstances.

Mar 22, 2020

not available on hoopla as of march 22, 2020

Mar 04, 2020

This is a heart-wrenching movie about a Jewish family that lived in France, during WW2 they were sent off to the concentration camps. A journalist researched their story in 2009. The story is solid but some scenes are confusing because it jumped back and forth in time.

Nov 27, 2019

I highly recommend reading Sarah's Key. The book was excellent and this movie comes very close to portraying the sadness and unjust story of the Vel d'Hiv round up of Jews living in Paris in July of 1942. Although much of the movie is sub-titled, it's easy to follow along and you still feel the heavy emotion of this story.

Oct 29, 2019

Had read the book and in comparison this movie was a poor adaptation. Would not recommend it. The DVD was mostly in french so very difficult to follow and unless one knew the story line, you would not be able to follow it well. There was a secondary story as well which I found disturbing. Poor acting.

Jan 24, 2019

The movie was gripping, based on the Vel d'Hiv round up of Jews that took place in Paris in July 1942. The acting was superb. I only gave it 4 stars out of 5 as some of the scenes jumped abruptly which led to some confusion. The film was disturbing, but a necessary reminder so history does not repeat itself.

Dec 17, 2018

An absolutely stunning Masterpiece. Must watch !!!

Dec 11, 2018

This is an excellent film! Based on the comments below, they must have cleaned up the subtitles for the blu ray version. I had no problems with the subtitles, and much of the film is in English. The cast was superb, the direction excellent, the script was solid. I've read a lot of real life accounts of WW2 and the Holocaust. And much on Vichy France and the atrocity of the Velodrome. This might be fiction but it could easily pass for truth. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and timely movie. I hope we will learn from our past as humans, and stop repeating it.

Aug 13, 2016

Heart breaking story taking place in Vichy's 1942 deportation of Jews; child wisdom and adult guilt causing further tragedy. Some hard to believe scenes, but all in all a well done movie.

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Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Other: There is a scene of Sarah and Rachel in a lake enjoying the water. you see that Rachel and Sarah are topless. But they are wearing their underwear so I would not really consider this as nudity.

Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The 1942 Parts are occasionally Intense.

Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

Violence: The 1942 parts. You see a little violence.


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Dec 27, 2012

fearlessforever thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

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Dimmu16 May 03, 2012

The story is about a girl named Sarah who in 1942 locked her brother into a cupboard believing she was going to return for him within a few minutes. Turned into months. During the arrest and bring Sarah and her parents to the Work Camps. During these clips the film jumps to 2009 to a journalist named Julia Jarmond. Her husband is re-modeling his childhood apartment where she, him, and their daughter Zoe will live one day. She has to write en article on Vel d'Hiv and it leads her to Sarah and the deeply hidden family secret, and what happened to her brother.


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Dec 11, 2012

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