The Zookeeper's Wife
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In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo's hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.
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In this movie, keeping it PG-13 actually makes it more powerful emotionally than if we saw everything bad we are told about. The real zookeeper’s wife rebuilt the Warsaw zoo even though only about 6% of Warsaw’s population was still there by the end of the war. She and her husband helped save hundreds of Jews during the war. Her story deserved to be told, and Jessica Chastain was a good choice to play her, with a very expressive face and a lot of versatility. Chastain also does well on the simple piano music she has to play in the movie; she learned piano just for playing in this movie. (By the way, when I was visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014, she was the one star I got to see in person, at a red carpet event for A Most Violent Year, and she treated fans nicely.) This movie is really worthwhile and covers the full range of human emotions, thoughtfully and sensitively.
Historically speaking, this is a film everyone should watch. It's a film about a very painful truth about mankind and how easily very bad things happen to good trusting people when they aren't questioning authority. Beware, history always repeats because angry evil people seeking power and authority always exist among us.