Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Sarah’s Key (♦♦♦♦)

Julia Jarmond-Tézac (Kristin Scott Thomas), an investigative journalist, is given the task of writing a ten-page exposé of the Jews roundup by French police in Paris in July, 1942. So begin two parallel accounts: one of Julia in present day Paris and another of a Jew family in 1942.

On one hand, Julia discovers that her in-laws’ apartment in the Marais used to be owned by the Starzynski family, three of whose members were shipped to concentration camps. When the police arrived at their apartment, Sarah Starzynski, a ten year-old, led her little brother Michél to a closet—making him promise not to come out--and closed it with a key. Taken by the police, along with her parents, she became desperate when realized that there was not going back to her old life. What would happen to Michél?

With the help of a French guard and in the company of another girl, Sarah escapes the camp. On her way to Paris, she meets an old couple who helps her get there, but once in her old apartment, now inhabited by another family, she comes to a fateful discovery.

On the other hand is Julia’s life unraveling since she begins tracking all the key players in Sarah’s story during and after the war.

This movie is like an onion: with each layer a new secret, a key revelation comes to the surface. Deeply satisfying on every level, Sarah’s Key works great as a mystery, a journalistic investigation and as the eye opener that is meant to be. As the movie ends, it is revealed that 76,000 Jews were shipped from France to concentration camps in other European countries.