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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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War brews over Warsaw in 1939, and while life is still running its course, the Germans are slowly beginning to make their presence felt, with Hitler secretly preparing for the German invasion of Poland. Under those circumstances, the young couple of Jan and Antonina Zabinski continue their daily routine as owners and keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, but soon, as German Luftwaffe's Stukas hammer the Polish capital, their life's work together with the city, will turn to ashes. However, with the zoo liquidated for the war effort and many of its animals tragically perished, what was once an animals' zoo, will now serve as a sanctuary where Antonina, the humanist veterinarian, and Jan can hide the persecuted Polish Jews in plain sight until safe houses are found. That was Jan and Antonina's formidable, yet perilous plan, who regardless of the consequences, refused to wither before the Nazi menace, took matters into their own hands and sheltered 300 Jews under the Germans' noses. Written by Nick Riganas

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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$17,407,536 (USA) (9 June 2017)
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Antonina Zabinski: You can never tell who your enemies are, or who to trust. Maybe that's why I love animals so much. You look in their eyes, and you know exactly what's in their hearts. They're not like people.
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Piano Sonata No. 18 in D, 2nd Movement
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Andrea Vavrusova
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Unlikely sanctuary
7 August 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The director has managed to turn The Zookeeper's Wife into a boring and mediocre film with soap opera elements.

Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and husband Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) are vets at the Warsaw zoo but when the Nazis invade the animals are killed. Hitler's zoologist and the chief of the Berlin zoo Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl) takes an interest in the zoo to revive extinct species of wild cattle and Antonia herself.

Heck allows them to turn the zoo into a pig farm. In return the Zabinski's spirit away Jews from the ghetto and into the safety of the tunnels underneath their home.

The film is aiming to be Schindler's List with animals. There is a magnificent scene as animals roam outside of the zoo after it has been bombed with soldiers having no option but to shoot them. However the film comes across as uninvolving and uninteresting.


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