THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE (PG)

FIND­ING SANC­TU­ARY WITHIN A SANC­TU­ARY, US, 124 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FLICKS -

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.

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