The Zookeeper's Wife

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  124 min.
Release Date: March 31, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray: July 4, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
based on 60 votes and 24 reviews
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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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  • 1 star "Too much violence in the movie, This should not be watched by children. The violence is what is wrong with the world today. Not much about the animals more about the Nazi and the violence. It should be rated R."
  • 1 star "Too much violence in it. I could not concentrate on the theme of the movie for all the violence. Not a movie for children to see even though it is rate PG"
  • 5 stars "Brilliantly told. The story shows a glimpse of a stunning, ideal zoo filled with caretakers who genuinely appreciate the treasures in their zoo. Their is an air of freedom & protection for each creature as the story opens up yet inot enough to be sappy or baby animal cuties. Just as u grasp that these creatures are valued & loved suddenly they are annihilated without warning or cause. The director gives almost enough to make any animal lover clinch their fists & feel they just have to leave but it's quick & ur left thinking it's better they didn't suffer & you find yourself hoping for survivors & wanting to skin Hitler alive after he's been nailed to a post just above a trough of rats! There is hope. Good always prevails. We know this & because of this delicate balance you can sit & brace yourself to keep ur seat as the story unfolds. In the face of their own great loss they don't waste one second feeling sorry for themselves as most would Instead they courageously face the worst evil beings to exist. Day in & out they rescue thousands of Jews & a few Swiss & Polish sympathizers right under the noses of a barrage of German killers that surrounded them. Staying instead of fleeing as most would, actually forced them to have to witness countless murders at the whim of any given Nazi of innocent children & women. Yet not even at the horror & brutality of what would happen to then in a split second if caught did they waiver. No. The zoo keepers wife is the hero of all hero's. None braver. She had no gun & no Kevlar vest just courage & genuine love for all things great & small. As they witnessed the minute by minute killing right in front of them as they never gave in. This movie is a huge blessing. We get to watch humans braver than even a US navy seal. They weren't highly trained just selfless, remarkable people who defied countless enemies surrounding them."