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French Film: Sarah's Key!

  • Downtown Tempe

    RSVPs will be e-mailed address & parking 1 day before,, Downtown Tempe, AZ (map)

    33.407906 -111.960297

  • We will greet you at the door!
  • Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, October 26 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

    There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring a finger-food hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie - no chips/cookies/desserts etc. please) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. Dessert will be provided. (Other notes about hor d'oeuvres, ovens & such appear under the gray "About Us" tab on the left side of this page, and photos of guest food contributions can be seen under the blue "Photos" tab on top of the page.) If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible (preferably a week in advance or sooner) so someone on the waiting list to be notified in time to change their plans. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin promptly at 8:00.

    So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

    Sarah’s Key (2010) is a unique take on the holocaust film, depicting the French participation. In 1942, French authorities rounded up Jews and confined them inside the Paris Velodrome under horrid conditions before transport to a German concentration camp (the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup). Sarah, a 10-year-old girl, tries to protect her little brother by leaving him hidden in a locked wardrobe in their flat. In modern-day Paris, Julia, an American-born journalist embarks on this story and becomes increasingly obsessed with finding the pieces when she discovers connections with her family and that of her in-laws.

    This film transports us back and forth between the past and the present in a skillfully-crafted way that I feel serves two different functions. First the present visits serve as a relief from Sarah’s harrowing story, but more importantly they continually evidence how our present lives are shaped by the past. As heartbreaking as this film is, it manages to end on a gentle and beautiful note.

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  • Gail W.

    Sorry I can't make this month -- already have plans for that weekend. But glad to hear from you and that things are back on track!

    October 20, 2013

  • Mike S.

    I'm taking my ex to the Whisperings Solo Piano Concert for her Birthday that night. I saw 'sarah's key' a couple of years ago at the
    phoenix film festival. very cool movie, definitely worth spending a Saturday night with friends to see. have fun all!

    October 20, 2013

  • Lynda

    So excited to be back on track! We were delayed a month by computer problems and still have audio problems, but Jamie swears all will be fixed in time.

    October 15, 2013

  • Tricia W

    I'm so sorry I can't make it. I'm going out of town that weekend. Have a great time you guys!!

    October 15, 2013

  • Preston W.

    I am trilled we are starting up again. I can't wait!!!

    October 15, 2013


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