Weekend Ramblings: SARAH’S KEY (movie review)
After reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, I discovered that there was a recent (2010) movie made based on the book, so of course, I had to see if our library owned a copy.
As with most books-to-movies, I liked the book better. The movie made changes that altered the plot and characterizations in ways that I don’t think were necessarily for the better, including:
- In the movie, Julia has prior knowledge of Vel d’Hiv, and in fact, has researched it before, which makes the revelations seem less impactful than in the book, where she is shocked and horrified by the new knowledge
- In the movie, Sarah’s parents play a very different role during the Vel d’Hiv. They seem angered and quick to place blame on one another for the circumstances. A woman manages to escape by pretending to be seriously ill, and we never got a particularly good picture of the terrible conditions of the Vel d’Hiv like in the book. The movie made it seem as if they were there for a matter of hours, not days.
- In the movie, the older couple first shoo Sarah and Rachel away, making the viewer’s first impression of them as being less compassionate and caring.
Overall, I feel as I did with the book, that Julia’s story line was too melodramatic and unnecessary. As in the novel, I had a hard time connecting with her or caring about her part of the story.