The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper's Wife

DVD - 2017
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The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When the Germans invade their country, they are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance.

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nordicleather
Dec 17, 2017

I couldn't watch it. Did want to see animal brutalized. Based on a true storey. Highly rated by those who sit through it.

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bobbles1
Dec 11, 2017

...wow, and wow again....Jessica Chastaine is a rising talent, she also co-produced this movie, very restrained and convincing performance to render it very romantic at the same time as it is viciously real....it makes one think of Hannah Arendt's discussion of the banality of evil, here it is depicted in convincing, terror-inducing terms....the courage of these Polish people is nearly unimaginable today in our politically correct, postmodern, conformist culture....speaking of which, I couldn't help hoping that Jessica did not submit herself in awful ways to land this part and this role in the movie.....

jclterrib Nov 27, 2017

This movie based on the book, based on actual events was very moving. I am a fan of Jessica Chastain and feel she did a great job.

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MovieLover_47
Nov 03, 2017

A good movie. The only problem I had was the sound, I couldn't understand half the dialogue
and no subtitles. Jessica Chastine is very good as usual but a lot of her dialogue was very softly spoken.

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Kim_H
Nov 03, 2017

PG13 really! This movie is not kid appropriate and seems thrown together.

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wildct2003
Oct 30, 2017

Not horrible, but not very compelling, either. Could have been told better.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 29, 2017

This film telling the story of gentiles attempting to save hundreds of Jews during the Hitler regime is very good, but not excellent. I suspect that the film makers could not decide which topics should have been amplified and which should have been expunged.

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lmldelgado
Oct 25, 2017

Just finished watching the movie and it was sad to see the life changing events in a country.
where people were persecuted, and the people who had tried to help as many people to escape. The actors who acted in this movie were great.

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2017

A significant historic episode about the righteous and brave operators in the Warsaw zoo in WW2. While there are numerous films on the unimaginable fate for the Jews under Nazi occupation, this also described the calamity for zoo animals in war torn countries (another film on animal, family pets, in WW2 was the 2009 "Glorious 39"; and hinted that others, Polish or Germans, either helped directly or turned a blind eye to the rescue activities. Brühl (born in Barcelona and raised in Cologne Germany) seems to be the actor of choice in similar tenet cinema as his roles in "Alone in Berlin 2017" and "Woman in Gold 2015." A must watch, at least once.

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cmarie20
Oct 24, 2017

A movie of survival and belief to keep going. Cannot imagine how these folks did what they did.

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2017

It's not your fault. You have always been so good to me, Miss. You and your husband. Now, I'll be good to you. Be careful.
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Dr. Korczak... Where are they taking you?
-We are going to a land called Ro, to visit a great magician there. His name is Zi. He's a very good friend of mine.
Yes. Dr. Korczak, my car is outside the gate. It's just outside, just there.
-It's impossible. I need your help now, or the fear will be unmanageable. God bless you, Dr. Zabinski.
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They'd be our guests until we found them refuge.
-A human zoo.
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Dr. Korczak. But then what of the children?
-What of them, Dr. Zabinski? My heart is no different than yours. I should not be here, they should not be here, you should not be here.

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2017

A good German:
Uh... Szymon told me about you. He... said some, um... interesting things. Uh... Listen to me. The ghetto walls were built against our Labor Bureau building. We have two doors. One opens into the free side of the city, the other, into the ghetto. In one way, out the other,you understand me?
-Yes.
I will give you papers that will give you access either way. Dr. Zabinski,
welcome to the Labor Office. You can take the workers out, I will see that
they are signed back in. ... (To German soldiers) This is Dr. Zabinski. He works for me. You will allow him through whenever he comes or goes. ... Look, this is Dr. Zabinski, he's allowed to pass through every time.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=the-zookeepers-wife

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2017

Herr Heck has taken over the Berlin Zoo from his father. And his brother
runs the Munich Zoo.
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Maybe she should play a German waltz. We may all be learning the goose-step within a year.
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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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They called me Urszula.
-Urszula means "she-bear." Did you know that?
Yes. My father used to say it. Good evening. Hello. It's almost "bearable" today.
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You have no idea what kind of man I am.
-Oh, but I do. I do, Lutz. You are a serious man. You're a man of intelligence
and of breeding. Not the kind of man that would shoot a child.
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What have you been up to, Frau Zabinska, in your little zoo?

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kpelish
Oct 07, 2017

Violence: Nazis execute two women in cold blood; Jews are forced out of their homes by deliberate arson.

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kpelish
Oct 07, 2017

Other: Misogyny: two Nazi soldiers rape an underage girl; another pretends to shoot a woman's young son as payback for her sexual rejection of him.

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