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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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Diane Ackerman's non-fiction book was greatly inspired by the unpublished diary of Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland. 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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Antonina Zabinski: People always want to run when they don't know what's coming. It's their first instinct, always to run.
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Piano Sonata No. 1, 2nd Movement, Op. 2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Jessica Chastain
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Another holocaust movie......
19 June 2017 | by (Newport, RI USA) – See all my reviews

Of COURSE we should remember the holocaust and do everything we should to educate and impress on future generations what they must avoid. But this film is nowhere as near the quality or impact of Schindler's List or The Pianist.

So from what I've been able to read - the film is a fair summary of a true story. Warsaw Zoo bombed at the start of WWII, zoo converted to a pig farm, zoo director and his wife hide Jews who have escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto, war ends and (spoiler - so I won't go there).

Production values seem authentic. Story is sound. Doesn't jump off the screen and grab you by the throat. Still - worth a watch.


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