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The Zookeeper (2001)

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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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Ankica
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Dragov
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The Vet
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Yeltsov
Javor Loznica ...
Zioig
Srdjan Simeonovich ...
Slavko
Arnost Proschek ...
Dusan
Mikulás Kren ...
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Tomás Valík ...
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Stanislav Hybler ...
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Hana Pastejríková ...
Woman at Window
Drahomíra Fialková ...
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Ilja Racek ...
Stanislaw
Rudolf Jelínek ...
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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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22 November 2001 (Czech Republic)  »

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Ludovic: You are all in a diet now, especially you fatso!
Fatso the elephant: [Elephant groans]
Ludovic: That's all you are getting.
Fatso the elephant: [Elephant groans and approaches]
Ludovic: I know, I know. Woman and elephants never forget an injury, but better to forget and be happy than remember and be sad.
Fatso the elephant: [Elephant groans]
Ludovic: Well, f.ck you too.
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an incredibly moving war film with a beautifully-judged performance from Sam Neill
3 November 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Featuring one of Sam Neill's finest performances, this is an incredibly moving war drama about the human tragedy that is military oppression. Set in a zoo in the Balkans during a bombing siege, the film is gritty and realistic as well as poetically allegorical, showing the effects of war on both man and beast.

When a young boy and his mother come seeking shelter from the fascist paramilitaries rounding up all those who are not "patriots" (featuring a fantastic supporting performance by Ulrik Thomsen as their leader), Sam Neill's Zookeeper finds himself forced to come to terms with the mess he's made of his own life.

Why has this film not been widely distributed? Anyone who liked The Piano will love this! The audience is waiting!


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