The Zookeeper's Wife

Synopsis: War brews over Warsaw in 1939, and while life is still running its course, the Germans are slowly beginning to make their presence felt, with Hitler secretly preparing for the German invasion of Poland. Under those circumstances, the young couple of Jan and Antonina Zabinski continue their daily routine as owners and keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, but soon, as German Luftwaffe's Stukas hammer the Polish capital, their life's work together with the city, will turn to ashes. However, with the zoo liquidated for the war effort and many of its animals tragically perished, what was once an animals' zoo, will now serve as a sanctuary where Antonina, the humanist veterinarian, and Jan can hide the persecuted Polish Jews in plain sight until safe houses are found. That was Jan and Antonina's formidable, yet perilous plan, who regardless of the consequences, refused to wither before the Nazi menace, took matters into their own hands and sheltered 300 Jews under the Germans' noses.
Director(s): Niki Caro
Production: Focus Features
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

Good morning.

Good morning.

Let's go! We're going.

Mama, what are those men doing?

They look like mules.

We were on Nalewki Street today.

They're working the Jews

like pack animals now.

I think you should take Rys

out of Warsaw tomorrow.

But where will we go?

You could stay with

my cousins in Zalesie.

Things are too uncertain here.

We should get Rys out of

the city while we can.

But school's about to start.

Oh, he's so excited, Jan, with his

new pencils, and his shoes...

You're not listening to me. I'm

trying to tell you something.

It's feeling very dangerous

to me right now.

What about you?

I have to stay for the animals,

but I'll come as soon as I can.

Punia, Hitler and Stalin

have signed a pact.

Only Poland sits in the middle.

People are leaving.

We could stay in

Zalesie for a little while,

but if war comes, we have to

find a way out of the country.

I don't want to run away.

I don't want to carry Rys from place

to place, like a frightened cat.

This is his home.

I'm sorry, Punia. Come

back to me, come here.

People always want to run when

they don't know what's coming.

It's their first instinct,

always to run.


It's not good for a child.

It's not good, Jan,

I'm telling you.

I don't want Rys

to live that way.

Please, I want to stay here.

In Warsaw.

All right.

Rys? Rys!

Look at all the planes!

Let's go inside.

But where's Papa?

He's in Plonsk.

We'll meet him in Zalesie.

What about Pancho?

Quick, pack your things!

No, Rys, leave him!

No, I don't want to.

We'll open the doors.

He's scared.

He'll run somewhere safe.

Let's go!


Evacuate the zoo immediately!

This is the Polish Army.

Wild animals are loose.

Emergency! Emergency!

Evacuate now!

Take the boy,

Miss, please! Go, go!

No! Don't shoot him,

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