In the midst of a fictional devastating civil war in an Eastern European country, a disillusioned ex-Communist is left behind to take care of the animals in the capital's zoological gardens until a U.N. rescue force arrives.

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Dragov
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Yeltsov
Javor Loznica ...
Zioig
Srdjan Simeonovich ...
Slavko
Arnost Proschek ...
Dusan
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Tomás Valík ...
Stanislav Hybler ...
Soldier 1
Hana Pastejríková ...
Woman at Window
Drahomíra Fialková ...
Neighbor Woman
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Stanislaw
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Zoo Official
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Eastern Europe - a city torn by civil war - Present Day Jonah Ludovic writes in his journal. His poetry softening the cynical observations of a man living a self imposed penance. Wherever he came from and whoever he was, Ludovic is now alone, silenced by a crime unknown. Ludovic can hear the shelling of an imposing civil war. He can see the flashes of fire destroying a city that once was his home. He doesn't move. He just writes. As daybreak arrives, the shelling has ceased. Ludovic makes his way to his job as a custodian at the local zoo. He is met at the gates by the fleeing staff. Ludovic chooses to remain behind, he has no where to go. Along with an elderly guard and a veterinarian, the three set out to care for the animals and hopefully protect them and themselves, from harm. It is not long before the war has reached the gates of the zoo. Dragov, the sociopathic captain of a local search platoon of nationalists, heightens the intensity of the senseless war with surprise visits ... Written by Michael Alden <novelma@aol.com>

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zoo | civil war | boy | starving | bombing | See All (11) »

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One man had the courage to do what was right...

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Drama | War

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22 November 2001 (Czech Republic)  »

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Clovek v ZOO  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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[first lines]
Father: Please!
[is struck by butt of gun]
Soldier 1: Women to the left, men to the right.
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Michal Koban ... legal counsel animals See more »

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A zoo caught in the throws of civil war.
13 November 2001 | by (Fort Lauderdale) – See all my reviews

The film is beautiful, moving and sensitive with a subtlety not often displayed these days. Moving performances from Sam Neill, Gina McKee and Javor Loznica. This film has a resonance that stays with you for days. Perhaps it's the images of caged animals terrified by falling bombs, or perhaps it's Sam Neill's haunting performance. He plays a man at war with himself within the confines of a zoo.


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