The Zookeeper's Wife
Director: 
Niki Caro
Year: 
2017
Run Time: 
124 mins
Cast: 
Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, "The Broken Circle Breakdown"), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his 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, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl, "Captain America: Civil War"). 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.

“Riveting and inspiring. A welcome reminder in this time of uncertainty that even in the face of astonishing evil, humanity and goodness can also rise to the occasion.” – Associated Press

"Caro unspools an evergreen tale about the clarifying power of empathy to diffuse fear and hatred.” – Tribune News Service

“Caro delivers a singular, thrilling portrait, filled with surprises and moving performances.” – LA Weekly

“A handsomely shot, weighty story, and Chastain is a knockout in the lead.” – Detroit News

“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

“There’s a bunny that should win an Oscar.” – Time Out