The Zookeeper’s Wife


Review: Based on a true story in Poland in 1939. Antonina Zabinska and her husband Dr. Jan Zabinska join the Resistance and rescue people from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Director: Niki Caro
Actors: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl, Timothy Radford, Efrat Dor, Iddo Goldberg, Shira Haas, Michael McElhatton, Martha Issova, Frederick Preston and Goran Kostic
Year: 2017
Genre: Biography, Drama and History
Conclusion: 3/5
This film is based on a true story of the diaries of Antonina Zabinska. When the film started the one thing that annoyed me was the Polish accent that Jessica Chastain was speaking in. After a while though I began not to notice. It is a very hard watch. Great to see it directed by a female director. I did find the length of this a bit too long. Even if they had taken out 20 minutes I found would have been better. There was a bit in the film where the time did start to go slowly but then picked up again. There is no CGI in this film and all the animals that they use are all real. While the real life events occurred in Warsaw, the movie was filmed entirely in Prague. This film is all about rescue and survival. Some of the themes that occur are family, home and compassion. 


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