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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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$17,445,186 (USA) (27 June 2017)
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During the Liquidation of the Ghetto, the seder song that Urszula Shira Haas sings along with others is called Ma Nishtana. See more »

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Jan mentions to Antonina that the USSR and Nazi Germany have agreed to carve up Poland. Although a non-aggression pact was signed between Molotov and von Ribbentrop on 23 August 1939, the "secret protocol" dividing Poland was not known at the time. See more »

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Jan Zabinski: I was raised with these people. Gentile, Jewish. It didn't matter to my family. It never mattered to me.
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Continental Bounce
Written by Hans Zander
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The Vidiot Reviews...
6 July 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Zookeeper's Wife

The best part about having animals as your co-workers is that you can pet them during meetings.

Unfortunately, the only engagements in this drama are with Nazis.

Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh) is a predominate zoologist who maintains a menagerie in Warsaw with his wife Antonina (Jessica Chastain). When Hitler wants to resurrect extinct animals with help from his own zoologist, Dr. Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl), the couple is obligated to open their zoo to the bizarre experiments.

Unbeknownst to herr doctor, however, the Żabińskis are harbouring Jewish families within the walls of the park.

While this true story of wartime charity is intriguing, this artistic adaptation of the bestseller doesn't deliver the emotional gut-punch expected from a Holocaust movie. Sluggish, with a stereotypical SS villain and a fictitious love triangle, admission to this exhibit is regrettable.

Incidentally, a delicatessen enclosure is a dead giveaway you're harbouring Jews in your zoo.

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