• The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

The Zookeeper's Wife

Release Date: March 31st, 2017

DVD Release Date: July 4th, 2017

PG-13 |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Brühl, Iddo Goldberg, Anna Rust, Brian Caspe, Goran Kostic

Director: Niki Caro

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Scion Films, Electric City Entertainment

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Office, Quest, Wife, Fascinating, Intense, Emotional, Escape, Sacrifice, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Robert AbeleTheWrap

    The Żabińskis were as unfailingly heroic as it gets, but memorably rendering a resistance shouldn’t be so resistant itself to the rough-and-tumble humanity of the details, and the unsentimental doom that shrouded it all. show more

  • 50
    Jon FroschThe Hollywood Reporter

    As with many other portrayals of this ugly period, the movie's central figures and their experiences have been cleansed of complexity, embalmed in a sort of hagiographic glaze that makes even the pain look pretty. Harrowing things happen, but it’s the easiest kind of "tough watch”; we know exactly what we’re supposed to feel and when we’re supposed to feel it. show more

  • 60
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    This considered, muted drama can’t escape a fussy tastefulness — not to mention inevitable comparisons to more crackling treatments of similar subject matter. show more

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