The Zookeeper's Wife

Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  124 min.
In theatres: March 31, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.55
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Cast: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton


In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.

When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned, and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl).

To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of people whose homes are in what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. Allowing Jewish escapees to hide within the confines of their zoo, Antonina will put herself and even her children at great risk.

Based on the book The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman.

Director: Niki Caro
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Screenplay: Angela Workman
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  • 4 stars "Excellent and touching story, but the acting wasn't believable. Too bad."
  • 5 stars "Historically balanced...based on a true story...passion and tension blended through the entire movie!!! Well done!"
  • 5 stars "I think I just saw an Oscar nominee for best movie and best actress."