The reel short take is about Sarah’s Key. I read the book and listened to the audiobook and now I’ve seen the movie. Heloise wrote a book review if you want to check it out. The movie could have easily been on HBO or a special on TV because it was just not that special.
This film won’t make any best of the year or end of the year movies to see but it was what I expected. The book and the movie are sympathetic to the Jews in the story, no surprise there. There are not many Germans in the film because it was the French who sent the jews to Vel d’Hiv and on to the death camps.
I think the problem with the movie is that it is so simple that it underwhelms. To say plays it safe would not describe what this movie does. It mostly moves from one scene to the other and back and forth between present and past. Finally we get back to the present where we find Kristin Thomas finding the son who did not know he was Jewish. In the book they get married or something but in the movie they do form a bond. There is nothing really emotionally about the progress of the film.
Sarah’s Key is just a basic movie that follows the book along pretty closely but does not move the audience IMO. I give it two out of five stars. It’s watchable.