21 Apr, 2017 2 hrs 08 mins A
Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Shira Haas
Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Shira Haas
Niki Caro
The film is a poignant, true tale of survival that unfolded at the Warsaw Zoo during Germany’s invasion of Poland in the Second World War.

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Story: The film is a poignant, true tale of survival that unfolded at the Warsaw Zoo during Germany’s invasion of Poland in the Second World War. Based on Diane Ackerman’s book, the wartime drama pays tribute to the heroic Polish couple - Jan and Antonina Zabinski, former Warsaw zookeeper and his wife. The daring duo saved hundreds of Jews by sheltering them in the basement of their dilapidated zoo right under the noses of the Nazis, who bombed the place, killed the animals and shifted a few valuable species to Germany. Against all odds, the Warsaw zoo was rebuilt and is open till date.

Review: Niki Caro’s suspenseful, awe-inspiring and captivating cinematic adaptation salutes the indomitable spirit of the Zabinskis, who exuded compassion, kindness and unflinching courage in the face of fear. It will compel you to visit the iconic zoo, which serves partially as a museum today. Powerful and gut-wrenching without an ounce of melodrama, the film tugs at your heartstrings and reinstates your belief in goodness and love towards other living being - be it man or animal.

It is the director’s astute storytelling and ability to showcase varied human tendencies that allow her film to shuttle between a heartrending human drama and compelling war thriller. Every attempt of the couple, who put their lives on the line by indulging in guerrilla tactics against the Germans, sends shivers down your spine.

Quite emotional and therapeutic, tears roll down your cheeks when Antonina (played by Jessica Chastain) reveals why she loves animals. “You look into their eyes and you know exactly what's in their hearts”, she says. Chastain’s riveting portrayal and her comfort level with the animals is noteworthy. Especially the scenes where she plays the piano to warn the Jews hiding in her house are outstanding. Daniel Bruhl's intense performance as the German zoologist with suspicious intentions, lends gravitas to the period drama. The supporting cast is equally credible.

The Zookeeper's Wife is an incredible real life story that reminds us what makes us human - our ability to hope and rise beyond the darkness and hatred.
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Bindu Cherungath
Antonina and Dr. Jan&rsquo;s lives turn upside down when Germans invade and occupy Poland. They felt so helpless to see their animals being slaughtered or moved to Berlin Zoo by Dr. Heck (Daniel Bruhl), a zoologist and head of Berlin Zoo. Antonina and Jan were not ready to be mere spectators of the ordeal their people and country were facing. They gathered themselves and started working in a covert manner to save as many people as possible. The Zoo which was home to many animals now becomes the shelter for many Jews. Dr. Heck keeps a sharp vigil over them. How the couple extends help towards the needy and fights the danger of hiding over 300 Jewish people over the course of the entire war, keeping it a secret etc. form rest of the film.<br/>Actors are terrific, be it Jessica Chastian, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl.<br/>The Zookeeper&rsquo;s Wife is a film depicting real-life story, where war is just the backdrop, not the main focus. The film focuses on the aftermath of the violence, and how the protagonists risk their own lives to help the people who are suffering. A film with soul.
Sree Ganesh
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Thomas Mathews
The Zookeeper&rsquo;s Wife: A Story of Compassion &amp; Courage!<br/>Niki Caro&rsquo;s &lsquo;The Zookeepers Wife&rsquo; is not only the horrific depiction of what happened in Warsaw, Poland when Nazis occupied that city in 1939 during the Second World War, but also the depiction of a good-hearted couple who staunchly believed in human values above social, religious and racial discrimination. The film is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman, narrating how the Jews survived and got rescued from the Nazi invasion. It is the story of how some ordinary people become extraordinary and rise to the occasion during crisis. There are many in the human history like them who have done so and the film The Zookeeper&rsquo;s Wife is about the Zabinskis and how their Warsaw Zoo became a hideout for hundreds of Jews who were under the radar of the brutal Nazi forces. The Nazi occupation of their city created chaos and turbulence and the Jews were hunted down and captured. The film reveals that only 6% of the Warsaw population survived the war.<br/>The beauty of the movie is that though it depicts one of the most horrific black chapters of human history yet it ends with a ray of hope and positivity. It reiterates the efforts and good intentions of good people in the world who believe that if you fight for justice and compassion with courage you will definitely sail through turbulence and reach the shore of harmony and co-existence despite being different in many aspects for each other as individuals, country, race and religion. Go and watch &lsquo;The Zookeeper&rsquo;s Wife&rsquo; because we are living at a time when the media and the news around us reminds us its high time we play our role to safe guard humanity and brotherhood across the globe.
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