The Zookeeper's Wife
Who's who in the zoo
Yarrawonga Gold Club Cinema - Sunday 11 June 2017, 4:30pm
Running time: 126m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes and violence)
Release date: 04/05/17
Rating: 7.5/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 4/5)
Antonia (Jessica Chastain) and her husband Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) run a zoo in Warsaw, Poland. As the Second World War breaks out, their lives are thrown into turmoil as their zoo becomes an important headquarters for the Nazi occupiers, including Hitler's zoologist Lutz (Daniel Brühl). But the flight of zoo is nothing compared with the Jews that have been rounded up and forced into the ghetto.
The Zookeeper's Wife (based on the book by Diane Ackerman) is an intense drama about a family's response to the holocaust. The performances are good and the production design sets the perfect setting for a story that is intriguing and ultimately hopeful. It's also a disturbing film with themes and imagery that is confronting and shocking. Not an enjoyable film but an interesting and very human story about determination to confront injustice. Recommended.