Believe it or not, movies have the power to change our lives. A great, thought-provoking film can awaken our souls and stir something deep within us. To me, The Zookeeper’s Wife is one of those life altering movies. The story played through my mind for days after I saw it and the message left an imprint on my heart. Act courageously when faced with the evils of life. We can be the change we wish to see in the world.
The Zookeeper’s Wife is a film inspired by Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name and the true story of the Zabinski family. In 1939, Antonina Zabinska and her husband, Jan Zabinski, are the caretakers of the popular Warsaw Zoo in Poland. When the country is invaded by the Nazis, the courageous couple decide to use the basement and tunnels of their zoo and home as a safe haven for Jewish people. They risk their lives for the resistance movement – smuggling people from the Warsaw Ghetto, giving them protection from the Nazis, and forming close friendships with the people they save.
Lutz Heck, a Nazi official and zoologist, watches their actions closely. He develops a strange, obsessive fascination with Antonina that quickly becomes a huge threat in their efforts to save Jewish lives.
This movie will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end! My husband and I walked into the showing of The Zookeeper’s Wife with zero expectations. When the film was over, we were completely blown away by the superior acting, story-telling, and quality. It’s the type of movie you will remember for the rest of your life; it’s a harmonious blend of heartbreaking and inspiring.
The courage and strength of this beautiful family will inspire you in your daily life. It’s a true testimony of the power we possess to truly make a difference in our community by helping others.
The Zookeeper’s Wife has a wonderful cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Iddo Goldberg, and Daniel Bruhl. The film is directed by Niki Caro and produced by Jeff Abberly, Jamie Patricof, Diane Miller Levin, Kim Zubick, and Julia Blackman. The movie is Rated PG-13 and is approximately 2 hours and 6 minutes in length.
If you’ve seen this film, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. If not, I definitely recommend putting it on your list of movies to see before it leaves theaters.
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