Two intertwining stories offer an insight onto the Vel d’Hiv roundup of over 12,000 Jews by French officials in July 1942. When the police burst into her family’s apartment, 10-year old Sarah (an impressive Mayance) locks her younger brother in a wardrobe, hoping to come back with the key and rescue him. In modern-day Paris, Julia Jarmond (Thomas in top form) is an American journalist whose research unwittingly unravels a personal connection to Sarah’s story. Generally proficient, the film starts to falter and digress in the last section.
Elle s’appelait Sarah (Sarahs Schlüssel) | Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (France 2010) with Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance. Starts December 15.