Runtime: 124 min
Czech Republic / UK / USA
Rated 14A: sexual situations, disturbing images
Directed by Niki Caro
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling book by Diane Akerman, The Zookeeper’s Wife is the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińskis and her husband have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under their stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist. To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Ultimately, the movie gets by on the power of its characters’ goodness; we want to believe that we, faced with a chance to make a difference, would risk our lives the way Antonina and Jan did. -Seattle Times
Subtle yet striking, this is a film that is filled with the power of exquisitely executed storytelling. -The Film Stage