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The Zookeeper’s Wife
DIRECTOR Niki Caro
CAST Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Efrat Dor
The story of a couple who secretly sheltered Jews in the Warsaw Zoo during the German invasion of Poland.
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Based on the non-fiction book of the same name, this exquisitely executed film recounts the true story of husband and wife Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who secretly sheltered Jews on their premises at the Warsaw Zoo during the German invasion of Poland. Putting themselves and their children at great risk, Jan and Antonina worked with the Polish Resistance and helped hundreds to escape from the infamous Warsaw Ghetto. Subtle yet striking, this is a film that is filled with the power of truly great storytelling.
(2017 Czech Republic / UK / USA 127 mins)
Decency, in its raw, instinctive form, is ultimately what earns The Zookeeper’s Wife a place in the self-conflicted canon of Holocaust cinema. One of those lush, handsomely shot historical dramas where everyone speaks heavily accented English instead of the characters’ native tongue, Caro’s film may come to feel like an unlikely cross between We Bought a Zoo and Schindler’s List, but it vibes on a wavelength all its own because of how completely it shirks the matter of a moral awakening. Antonina isn’t some lecherous capitalist who needs to learn the value of human life, she’s just a human who finds herself living through some decidedly inhumane times — the Holocaust doesn’t change her, it just strengthens her resolve. David Ehrlich, IndieWire
BBFC advice: Contains moderate violence, threat and nudity
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