Hollywood has a prolific history of spicing up every story they use as the basis for a film script. A compelling story bolstered by engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl, let down by occasional awkward tonal shifts and clumsy plotting. 1 Post. Search for: Search. Upload your video. ( Log Out /  Fact vs. Fiction, Antonina Żabińska (pictured right) and her on-screen alter-ego Jessica Chastain. In fact, the Żabiński family kept no record of who stayed at the villa and they even limited informing one another about their secrets. The Zookeeper’s Wife: Fascinerande historia, platt berättad Av Tor Aavatsmark 2017-12-11 - 13:49 Den här dramatiska historien om Antonia (Jessica Chastain) och Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenberg) bygger på Diane Ackermans bästsäljare och är den sanna berättelsen om det äkta paret som drev en djurpark i Warszawa på 1930-talet, och om hur illa det gick när nazisterna kom. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Until it’s shot dead by an evil Nazi. I take my kids to movies to get the conversation started about past world events. Movie Spoilers Because annoying friends is FUN. Relic: it’s coming from inside the house! SPOILER ALERT! ( Log Out /  The story of Antonina and Jan is moving, inspiring, and all-consuming. He even went as far as organising a hunting party in the zoo. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a film based on Diana Ackerman’s nonfiction book which recites the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Polish owners and operators of the Warsaw Zoo, and their efforts to save victims of the Holocaust during the Nazi occupation of their country. / Jerzy Dudek / Forum. I was sent this book by @TheZookeepersWife in anticipation of the movie release. We found no trace of Urszula, the girl who is portrayed as one of the first Jewish ‘guests’ of the Żabińskis’ villa, therefore she must be a purely fictional character. Every Hollywood story needs a villain, and a conflict between ‘the bad guy’ and ‘the good guy’. The husband-and-wife team of the Warsaw Zoo keepers (Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh) help save hundreds of people and animals during Nazi Germany invasion and Second World War. This is a review of The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. The Żabińskis were as unfailingly heroic as it gets, but memorably rendering a resistance shouldn’t be so resistant itself to the rough-and-tumble humanity of the details, and the unsentimental doom that shrouded it all. The film does not bring up the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which took place in the wake of the liquidation of the ghetto in 1943. There is SO much background information and I know I will appreciate having it all in my head when I see the film. On New Year’s Eve, a group of Nazi officers showed up at the zoo and gunned down a vast number of the animals which were left there. Most terrifyingly, the moments when they were so close to getting caught, such as the one with the Jewish lawyer being almost stopped, are 100% true. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl).

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