THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE (PG)
FINDING SANCTUARY WITHIN A SANCTUARY, US, 124 MIN
An initially intriguing, then mildly disappointing Holocaust drama. Based on the well-regarded book by Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper’s Wife stoically outlines the true story of Antonina Zabinska, a Polish woman who saved the lives of over 300 Jews during World War II. Together with her husband, Antonina (played by Jessica Chastain) was responsible for maintaining what was left of the Warsaw Zoo after it was badly damaged at the start of the German Occupation. A move to use the property as a pig farm allows Antonina to concoct a scheme whereby residents of a nearby Jewish ghetto can be smuggled underground, and thereby avoid a certain horrendous fate. While the film is capable enough of chronicling the heroism and bravery of the Zabinskas, it does lack the emotional clout that should come with such drastic matters.