The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

DVD - 2017
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The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When the Germans invade their country, they are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance.

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AL_TATYANA Oct 17, 2017

A great uplifting WWII story of resistance. The young couple of the zookeepers come to the decision to smuggle over Jewish people ( all in all 300) out of the Warsaw ghetto and hide them in the basement of their villa on the territory of the Zoo. It was a heroic deed. The movie may seem slow in action, but there is an explanation to the slow pace: you must be very careful because you are saving people, you are walking on the edge of danger every moment.

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casoldier
Oct 16, 2017

total waste of time. can't believe people are giving it 4 and 5 stars.

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kpelish
Oct 07, 2017

Creative adaptation of a WWII autobiography, in an unusual setting: the Warsaw Zoo. The zookeepers, a married, gentile couple, each arrive separately at their decision to help smuggle over 300 Jews out of the embattled Warsaw ghetto and hide them in their villa basement. How they manage this is clever and unexpected. Jessica Chastain plays the wife, and Belgian actor Johan Heldenbergh plays the husband; Heldenbergh is especially effective as the quiet but passionate fighter. Because the director is Niki Caro (Whale Rider), there's a mixture of lyricism (the animal scenes in the beginning have a lovely fairytale ambience) and brutality, especially the dangerous dance of feigned attraction that Chastain engages in to foil the ranking Nazi. Notes: due to rape & murder scenes, may be hard for children to watch. If you like this film, you may also like The Pianist, another Polish WWII story of resistance.

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22METZ
Oct 03, 2017

Excellent movie. What this family did was heroic.

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samjenks
Sep 21, 2017

All the terrible things Germany did in WWII here is yet another movie displaying more violence and cruelty. May be hard for children to see.

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hjandmg
Sep 21, 2017

worst movie we have seen in a long time-at least there is an off switch! Another comment says "a waste of time", how true. So many really good European movies/series out there that it is a shock to find one as bad as this. And we only watched 20 minutes!

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llane
Sep 16, 2017

Very realistic violence toward animals ...... good storyline......... okay acting !!!!!!!

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polywoggle
Sep 14, 2017

Good movie but unable to understand most of the fake accents. Lost a lot of the dialogue.

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Caro12
Sep 12, 2017

Pretty good movie. A bit Hollywoodish. Wish I had known about the book before we went to Poland a couple years ago. Would have made a point to go to the zoo.

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Svedberg
Sep 09, 2017

A fantastic movie involving the Holocaust from the true story perspective of zoo owners in Warsaw. The bonus feature includes video of the son and daughter that are portrayed in the movie.

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kpelish
Oct 07, 2017

Violence: Nazis execute two women in cold blood; Jews are forced out of their homes by deliberate arson.

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kpelish
Oct 07, 2017

Other: Misogyny: two Nazi soldiers rape an underage girl; another pretends to shoot a woman's young son as payback for her sexual rejection of him.

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