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Based on the non-fiction book of the same name, The Zookeeper’s Wife is a kindhearted melodrama on a grave subject. It is a feel-good movie which doesn’t cover any ground of undiscovered country.

Based on real events, The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the tragic story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski and their Warsaw zoo, who secretly sheltered Jews during the occupation of Poland by the Nazis.

You get your share of dramatized war cruelty plus everyone’s darling, Jessica Chastain (with a fake polish accent), serving as midwife to an angry elephant, rocking a baby kangaroo or taking the temperature of a bed pet skunk (thank God, this was not shot by John Waters…) between two altercations with Nazis.

Feel good material. No more, no less.

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