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The Zookeeper’s Wife Rated 12A

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Dir. Niki Caro. USA/UK, 2017. 2h 7m. Starring Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Timothy Radford, Efrat Dor, Iddo Goldberg.

Holocaust drama based on the true story of Antonina and Jan Żabiński, the owners and operators of the Warsaw Zoo, who put themselves at risk by hiding some 300 Polish Jews in the zoo and spiriting them to safety.

"The Zookeeper's Wife achieves its grandeur, not through the depiction of grand movements, but through its attentiveness to the shifts and flickers of the soul." ★★★★★ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"Caro largely forgoes the eardrum-shattering ballistics of a typical war movie — yes, there are bombings and shootings, but they’re the backdrop, not the focus. Her film dwells more in the aftermath of violence." Sara Stewart, New York Post