Sarah’s Key is both a wonderful book and a wonderful movie. However, if I had to choose one or the other, I would choose the book over the movie due to the book’s increased depth into the story.
Tatiana de Rosnay wove two complicated stories into one: a modern day France, and a France during Adolph Hitler’s domination of Europe, and France’s shameful cooperation with his regime by arresting and holding thousands of Jewish families at the Velodrome.
Sarah, a ten year old Jewish child during the 1942 Paris Vel’ d’Viv roundups and deportations, was horribly affected by the events that transpired and was left broken for the duration of her life. It is impossible not to be personally touched by Sarah’s plight and deep sadness.
By bringing the modern day character, journalist Julia Jarmond, into the story, de Rosnay managed to intertwine Julia and Sarah’s lives, while making Sarah’s life important to our current times, and to ultimately give Sarah’s life resolution and value.