Sarah (Melusine Mayance) hides out from the French police during the Second World War in Paris in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s film Sarah’s Key.

Sarah (Melusine Mayance) hides out from the French police during the Second World War in Paris in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s film Sarah’s Key.

Hidden history is opened with Sarah’s Key

Film based on best-selling book examines the Paris roundup of Jewish families during Second World War.

  • Sep. 28, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Vernon Film Society’s next film, showing Monday, was a gala presentation at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestselling novel of the same name, Sarah’s Key is a fictionalized account of the actual roundup at Paris’ Vélodrome d’Hiver that sent thousands of Jewish families to their deaths in Nazi camps.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, the film is a moving tale about a terrible period of French history.

In the summer of 1942, 10-year-old Sarah knows something is wrong. The French police are going door-to-door arresting Jewish families and imprisoning them in the Vélodrome. In an attempt to save her family, she locks her four-year-old brother in a bedroom cupboard, promising to return for him.

Sixty years later, journalist Julia Jarmond (Scott Thomas) is assigned to write a cover story on the roundup of 1942.

Although she is American by birth, she has lived in Paris for 20 years. She is married to an aristocratic Frenchman, but Julia finds that no one seems to know anything about what happened in her beloved city decades ago.

What begins as research becomes more personal as Julia discovers that she and Sarah may have something in common.

Stories about the Second World War never seem to get old as ideology overcomes humanity and group thinking leads people down the path of horrible consequences.

“The movie gathers momentum with a steady assured pace, accumulating incidents, characters, secrets, and lies until the rush of events is absolutely transfixing. Cinema can sometime rival the novel in compulsive intensity and Sarah’s Key is one such example,” said Kirk Honeycutt, with The Hollywood Reporter

Sarah’s Key will be shown at the Towne Cinema Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.   Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7.