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* AdultFear: The poor parents [[spoiler:realizing that their daughter has likely unwittingly caused her brother's terrible death. ''And they will never learn what happened to their children'']].



* CheerfulChild: Michel, Rachel, Sarah [[spoiler:([[BreakTheCutie at first]])]].

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%% * CheerfulChild: Michel, Rachel, Sarah [[spoiler:([[BreakTheCutie at first]])]].first]])]].
* DeathOfAChild: The poor parents [[spoiler:realizing that their daughter has likely unwittingly caused her brother's terrible death. ''And they will never learn what happened to their children'']].


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Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist who lives in Paris with her French husband and daughter, is tasked with investigating the Vel' D'Hiv roundup, a 1942 event in German-occupied Paris where thousands of Jews were rounded up and forced to stay in appalling conditions in the Vélodrome D'Hiver until they could be deported to German camps. The film simultaneously follows the story of Sarah Starzynski, a young Jewish girl who in 1942 is arrested with her parents during the roundup. They are taken to the Vel' D'Hiv, but not before Sarah locks her younger brother in a secret wallspace to keep him safe from the Germans, promising to return shortly to free him. Julia Jarmond will discover in the course of her investigations that her and Sarah's lives are intertwined.

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Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), (Creator/KristinScottThomas), an American journalist who lives in Paris with her French husband and daughter, is tasked with investigating the Vel' D'Hiv roundup, a 1942 event in German-occupied Paris where thousands of Jews were rounded up and forced to stay in appalling conditions in the Vélodrome D'Hiver until they could be deported to German camps. The film simultaneously follows the story of Sarah Starzynski, a young Jewish girl who in 1942 is arrested with her parents during the roundup. They are taken to the Vel' D'Hiv, but not before Sarah locks her younger brother in a secret wallspace to keep him safe from the Germans, promising to return shortly to free him. Julia Jarmond will discover in the course of her investigations that her and Sarah's lives are intertwined.


%%* DidNotDieThatWay
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Sarah kills herself by crashing her car into a tree because she is too haunted by Michel's death and living under a false identity.]]

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%%* DidNotDieThatWay
* DidNotDieThatWay: William is told his mother's death was an accident. [[spoiler: It was not, she had killed herself.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Sarah kills herself by crashing her car driving into a tree the path of an oncoming truck because she is too haunted by Michel's death and living under a false identity.death.]]


%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Sarah crashes her car into a tree because she is too haunted by Michel's death and living under a false identity.]]

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%%* * DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Sarah crashes kills herself by crashing her car into a tree because she is too haunted by Michel's death and living under a false identity.]]



* PersonalHorror: [[spoiler: Sarah had to live with the fact she inadvertently locked his brother in the closet during the Nazi raid, and eventually her depression lead her to commit suicide as an adult.]]

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* PersonalHorror: [[spoiler: Sarah had to live with the fact she inadvertently locked his her brother in the closet during the Nazi raid, and eventually her depression lead her to commit suicide as an adult.]]



* [[TellMeAboutMyFather Tell Me About My Mother]]: William at the end.

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* [[TellMeAboutMyFather Tell Me About My Mother]]: TellMeAboutMyFather: William at the end.end asks Julia about his mother.


* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Sarah didn't manage to save Michel.]]

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* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Sarah [[spoiler: Sarah didn't manage to save Michel.]]


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* PersonalHorror: [[spoiler: Sarah had to live with the fact she inadvertently locked his brother in the closet during the Nazi raid, and eventually her depression lead her to commit suicide as an adult.]]


%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Sarah.]]

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%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Sarah.[[spoiler:Sarah crashes her car into a tree because she is too haunted by Michel's death and living under a false identity.]]


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* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Sarah constantly thinks of her brother left behind in the secret closet and escapes from the camp to end up in Orleans, which is much farther from Paris. She risks the trip to go back to her old house only to find her brother dead.]]

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** Julia to a less extent. She's deeply invested in finding Sarah, and [[spoiler:she goes through with her desire to keep her baby, even at the cost of her marriage]].

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** Julia to a less lesser extent. She's deeply invested in finding Sarah, and [[spoiler:she goes through with her desire to keep her baby, even at the cost of her marriage]].



* EmotionlessGirl: [[spoiler:Grown-up Sarah has shades of this, completely justified.]]

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* EmotionlessGirl: [[spoiler:Grown-up Sarah has shades of this, this; it's completely justified.justified, considering what happened to Michel.]]



** Mr. Dufaure may also count. At first he turned the girls away so he wouldn't get in trouble.

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** Mr. Dufaure may also count. At first first, he turned the girls away so he wouldn't get in trouble.trouble, but then he adopted Sarah.


* CheerfulChild: Michel, Rachel, Sarah [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie at first]]]].
* LesCollaborateurs: Ultimately the book and film seek to confront the unpleasant fact that it was mostly French collaborators who carried out the roundup, and to explore the attitudes of other French people at the time who closed their eyes to the atrocities in front of them.

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* CheerfulChild: Michel, Rachel, Sarah [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie [[spoiler:([[BreakTheCutie at first]]]].
first]])]].
* LesCollaborateurs: Ultimately Ultimately, the book and film seek to confront the unpleasant fact that it was mostly French collaborators who carried out the roundup, and to explore the attitudes of other French people at the time who closed their eyes to the atrocities in front of them.



* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Tezacs' (Julia's husband's family) apartment was vacated in 1942 because its Jewish occupants had been rounded up to be deported to camps. Julia's brother-in-law and his father were both in the apartment on the day Sarah returned and opened the secret closet to find Michel's rotting body, but in order to protect everyone else in the family, they never spoke of it again.]]

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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Tezacs' (Julia's husband's family) apartment was vacated in 1942 because its Jewish occupants had been rounded up to be deported to camps. Julia's brother-in-law and his father were both in the apartment on the day Sarah returned and opened the secret closet to find Michel's rotting body, but in order to protect everyone else in the family, they never spoke of it again.]]



** Julia to a less extent. She's deeply invested in finding Sarah, and [[spoiler:she goes through with her desire to keep her baby, even at the cost of her marriage.]]

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** Julia to a less extent. She's deeply invested in finding Sarah, and [[spoiler:she goes through with her desire to keep her baby, even at the cost of her marriage.]]marriage]].



%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Sarah.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: [[spoiler: Grown-up Sarah has shades of this, completely justified.]]
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Sarah deciding on her own to lock her brother in the secret closet led to his death - and probably a very unpleasant one at that.]]

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%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Sarah.[[spoiler:Sarah.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: [[spoiler: Grown-up [[spoiler:Grown-up Sarah has shades of this, completely justified.]]
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Sarah [[spoiler:Sarah deciding on her own to lock her brother in the secret closet led to his death - and probably a very unpleasant one at that.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The camp guard, Jacques, who ultimately helps Sarah and Rachel to escape the camp after trying to prevent them leaving.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The camp guard, Jacques, who ultimately helps Sarah and Rachel to escape the camp after trying to prevent them from leaving.]]



* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Michel and Rachel.]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: Julia miraculously becomes pregnant late in her life after failed IVF and two miscarriages. Unfortunately her husband doesn't want another child.

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* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Michel [[spoiler:Michel and Rachel.]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: Julia miraculously becomes pregnant late in her life after a failed IVF and two miscarriages. Unfortunately Unfortunately, her husband doesn't want another child.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We don't see what happens to Sarah's parents... [[spoiler:until Julia learns they died in ''Auschwitz''.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We don't see what happens to Sarah's parents... [[spoiler:until Julia learns they died in ''Auschwitz''.]]''Auschwitz'']].


* AdultFear: ''Hell''. It's a movie about WorldWarII!
** The poor parents [[spoiler:realizing that their daughter has likely unwittingly caused her brother's terrible death. ''And they will never learn what happened to their children'']].
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Sarah does this ''literally'' upon finding her little brother's corpse in the closet.]]
** The woman's suicide at the Vel d'Hiv.

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* AdultFear: ''Hell''. It's a movie about WorldWarII!
**
The poor parents [[spoiler:realizing that their daughter has likely unwittingly caused her brother's terrible death. ''And they will never learn what happened to their children'']].
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Sarah does this ''literally'' upon finding her little brother's corpse in the closet.]]
** The woman's suicide at the Vel d'Hiv.
children'']].



* BreakTheCutie: The entire narration of Sarah's childhood.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Richard Rainsferd and his second wife.

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* %%* BreakTheCutie: The entire narration of Sarah's childhood.
* %%* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Richard Rainsferd and his second wife.



* DidNotDieThatWay
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Sarah.]]

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* %%* DidNotDieThatWay
* %%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Sarah.]]



* WorldWarII


* LesCollaborateurs: Ultimately the book and film seek to confront the unpleasant fact that it was mostly French collaborators who carried out the roundup, and to explore the attitudes of other French people at the time who closed their eyes to the atrocities in front of them.



* LesCollaborateurs: Ultimately the book and film seek to confront the unpleasant fact that it was mostly French collaborators who carried out the roundup, and to explore the attitudes of other French people at the time who closed their eyes to the atrocities in front of them.


Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist who lives in Paris with her French husband and daughter, is tasked with investigating the Vel' D'Hiv roundup, a 1942 event in German-occupied Paris where thousands of Jews were rounded up and forced to stay in appalling conditions in the Velodrome D'Hiver until they could be deported to German camps. The film simultaneously follows the story of Sarah Starzynski, a young Jewish girl who in 1942 is arrested with her parents during the roundup. They are taken to the Vel' D'Hiv, but not before Sarah locks her younger brother in a secret wallspace to keep him safe from the Germans, promising to return shortly to free him. Julia Jarmond will discover in the course of her investigations that her and Sarah's lives are intertwined.

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Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist who lives in Paris with her French husband and daughter, is tasked with investigating the Vel' D'Hiv roundup, a 1942 event in German-occupied Paris where thousands of Jews were rounded up and forced to stay in appalling conditions in the Velodrome Vélodrome D'Hiver until they could be deported to German camps. The film simultaneously follows the story of Sarah Starzynski, a young Jewish girl who in 1942 is arrested with her parents during the roundup. They are taken to the Vel' D'Hiv, but not before Sarah locks her younger brother in a secret wallspace to keep him safe from the Germans, promising to return shortly to free him. Julia Jarmond will discover in the course of her investigations that her and Sarah's lives are intertwined.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sarah is DeadAllAlong, and Michel as well. Julia divorces from her husband, but she keeps her baby daughter and she's considering moving back to Paris. She has also befriended William, who has accepted his mother's DarkAndTroubledPast, and Julia's daughter's name is... Sarah.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sarah is DeadAllAlong, and Michel as well. Julia divorces from her husband, but she keeps her baby daughter and she's considering moving back to Paris. She has also befriended William, who has accepted his mother's DarkAndTroubledPast, and Julia's daughter's name is... Sarah.]]



* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Tezacs' house belonged to a family of Jews deported whose son was found dead inside a closet. Julia's brother-in-law and his father were both in the apartment on the day Sarah returned home and discovered Michel, but in order to protect everyone else in the family, they never spoke of it again.]]

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* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Tezacs' house belonged (Julia's husband's family) apartment was vacated in 1942 because its Jewish occupants had been rounded up to a family of Jews be deported whose son was found dead inside a closet. to camps. Julia's brother-in-law and his father were both in the apartment on the day Sarah returned home and discovered Michel, opened the secret closet to find Michel's rotting body, but in order to protect everyone else in the family, they never spoke of it again.]]


* LawOfInverseFertility: Julia miraculously becomes pregnant late in her life after failed IVF and two miscarriages. Her husband doesn't want children.
* LesCollaborateurs

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Julia miraculously becomes pregnant late in her life after failed IVF and two miscarriages. Her Unfortunately her husband doesn't want children.
another child.
* LesCollaborateursLesCollaborateurs: Ultimately the book and film seek to confront the unpleasant fact that it was mostly French collaborators who carried out the roundup, and to explore the attitudes of other French people at the time who closed their eyes to the atrocities in front of them.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At one point we didn't see what happened to Sarah's parents...until Julia learns they died in ''Auschwitz''.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At one point we didn't We don't see what happened happens to Sarah's parents...until parents... [[spoiler:until Julia learns they died in ''Auschwitz''.]]


''Sarah's Key'' (French: ''Elle s'appelait Sarah'') is a 2010 French drama by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, adaptation of the novel with the same title by Tatiana de Rosnay.

An American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) investigates the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of Jews in German-occupied Paris in 1942. She married a Frenchman who had inherited from his grandparents, an apartment dating to WorldWarII. His wife began to investigate the previous tenants, who turn out to be a Jewish family [[FinalSolution deported]], whose daughter was able to escape.

The film alternates between Sarah's life in 1942 and the journalist researching the story in 2009.

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''Sarah's Key'' (French: ''Elle s'appelait Sarah'') is a 2010 French drama by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, adaptation of adapted from the novel with of the same title name by Tatiana de Rosnay.

An Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), an American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) investigates who lives in Paris with her French husband and daughter, is tasked with investigating the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of Jews D'Hiv roundup, a 1942 event in German-occupied Paris where thousands of Jews were rounded up and forced to stay in 1942. She married a Frenchman who had inherited from his grandparents, an apartment dating to WorldWarII. His wife began to investigate appalling conditions in the previous tenants, who turn out Velodrome D'Hiver until they could be deported to be a Jewish family [[FinalSolution deported]], whose daughter was able to escape.

German camps. The film alternates between simultaneously follows the story of Sarah Starzynski, a young Jewish girl who in 1942 is arrested with her parents during the roundup. They are taken to the Vel' D'Hiv, but not before Sarah locks her younger brother in a secret wallspace to keep him safe from the Germans, promising to return shortly to free him. Julia Jarmond will discover in the course of her investigations that her and Sarah's life in 1942 and the journalist researching the story in 2009.lives are intertwined.



** Think of those poor parents [[spoiler:realizing that their daughter unwilling has locked alive her brother putting his life at risk. ''And they will never learn what happened to their children'']].
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Sarah does this ''literally'' finding her little brother's corpse in the closet.]]
** The man's suicide at the Vel d'Hiv.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: An old man takes hidden cyanide as a last resort...
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sarah is DeadAllAlong, and Michel as well. Julia divorces from her husband, but she keeps her baby daughter and she's planning to move back to Paris. She has also befriended William, who has accepted her mother's DarkAndTroubledPast, and Julia's daughter's name is...Sarah.]]

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** Think of those The poor parents [[spoiler:realizing that their daughter unwilling has locked alive likely unwittingly caused her brother putting his life at risk.brother's terrible death. ''And they will never learn what happened to their children'']].
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Sarah does this ''literally'' upon finding her little brother's corpse in the closet.]]
** The man's woman's suicide at the Vel d'Hiv.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: An In the trucks on the way to the transit camp, an old man takes hidden cyanide as reveals he has poison concealed in a last resort...
ring so that he can determine the time and method of his death.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sarah is DeadAllAlong, and Michel as well. Julia divorces from her husband, but she keeps her baby daughter and she's planning to move considering moving back to Paris. She has also befriended William, who has accepted her his mother's DarkAndTroubledPast, and Julia's daughter's name is...is... Sarah.]]



* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Michel's death has completely broken Sarah.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Tezacs' house belonged to a family of Jews deported whose son was found dead inside a closet.]]

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* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler:Michel's death has completely broken breaks Sarah.]]
* DarkSecret: [[spoiler: The Tezacs' house belonged to a family of Jews deported whose son was found dead inside a closet. Julia's brother-in-law and his father were both in the apartment on the day Sarah returned home and discovered Michel, but in order to protect everyone else in the family, they never spoke of it again.]]



** Julia to a less extent. She's very into finding Sarah, and she goes through with her desire to keep her baby, even at the cost of her marriage.

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** Julia to a less extent. She's very into deeply invested in finding Sarah, and she [[spoiler:she goes through with her desire to keep her baby, even at the cost of her marriage.]]



* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Sarah shouldn't have locked Michel.]]

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* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler: Sarah shouldn't have locked Michel.deciding on her own to lock her brother in the secret closet led to his death - and probably a very unpleasant one at that.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: The policeman Jacques finally decides to help Sarah.
** Mr. Dufour may also count. At first he didn't want to help Sarah and Rachel.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Michel and Rachel]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: Julia is pregnant with her second child when she has lost all her hopes and her husband doesn't want other children.

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The policeman Jacques finally decides camp guard, Jacques, who ultimately helps Sarah and Rachel to help Sarah.
escape the camp after trying to prevent them leaving.]]
** Mr. Dufour Dufaure may also count. At first he didn't want to help Sarah and Rachel.
turned the girls away so he wouldn't get in trouble.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Michel and Rachel]]
Rachel.]]
* LawOfInverseFertility: Julia is miraculously becomes pregnant with late in her second child when she has lost all her hopes life after failed IVF and her two miscarriages. Her husband doesn't want other children.


* NightmareFuel: Think of [[spoiler:Michel's dead body...]]. Sleep well.
* The man who commits suicide at the Vel d'Hiv.

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