"The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion."
Movie type: Drama - This fact-based WWII drama is a big starring showcase for lead Jessica Chastain. The other recognizable face, Daniel Bruhl, has a smaller supporting role. There is no language and violence is muted compared to similar historical dramas, but adult themes and a number of disturbing moments, including the endangerment of animals, are too intense for young children.
Director: Niki Caro
Script: Angela Workman
Starring: Antonina Zabinski - Jessica Chastain, Lutz Heck - Daniel Brühl, Jan Zabinski - Johan Heldenbergh, Jerzyk - Michael McElhatton
Length: 124 min
Leah Greenblatt - Entertainment Weekly - Top Critic: ” The movie is nicely shot and sympathetically acted, but there's an odd lack of stakes and urgency ...”
David Ehrlich – indieWire - Top Critic: ” A fundamental sense of empathy may not be especially cinematic, but that's no reason to ignore it (and Chastain, who strikes a wonderful balance with Heldenbergh, is masterful at expressing stoicism without ever tipping into sanctimony).”
Peter Debruge – Variety - Top Critic: ” Caro's movie fails to muster even a fraction of the suspense such life-and-death material naturally demands.”