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The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

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The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

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The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking | See all certifications »

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$3,288,835 (USA) (31 March 2017)

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$16,839,076 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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Antonina Zabinski: We have room... we could hide Magda there.
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Could have skipped the clichés, but the setting is remarkable
16 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the very positive side, this drama about Jews hidden in the wreckage of the Warsaw Zoo is based on a true story. Right now, when meanness seems to trump acts of charity and compassion, that's an important message. At the same time, there's quite a bit of déjà vu here, as director Niki Caro fails to plow new ground or to "capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors," said Sheila O'Malley on Rogerebert.com and a contrived and unpersuasive relationship between the main character and "Hitler's zookeeper." Antonina and Jan Zabiński really did save more than three hundred Jews after German bombs and stormtroopers destroyed their zoo. They hid the refugees in their own home, changed their appearance, gave them false papers, and spirited them away, under the enemy's noses. See it for the animals, the fine performance by Jessica Chastain as Antonina, and for the reminder that even in extreme circumstances there are people who believe, as Jan Zabiński said many years later, "If you can save somebody's life, it's your duty to try." Supporting performances are strong as well. Written by Angela Workman.


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