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Event: 'The Zookeeper's Wife' Print
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Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Duration: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

(2017) Inspiring, but dramatically thin historical drama in which the couple (Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh) who run the Warsaw Zoo defy the Nazis occupying Poland -- including the head (Daniel Bruhl) of their facility's counterpart in Berlin who has been made their supervisor -- by smuggling Jews out of the ghetto and hiding them until the resistance can arrange their escape from the country. Chastain forcefully conveys her character's appealing personality. But, in adapting Diane Ackerman's 2007 nonfiction best-seller, director Niki Caro and screenwriter Angela Workman, fall short of a compelling narrative. Parents will have to weigh the uplifting nature of the film -- having helped more than 300 potential victims of the Holocaust, the central pair was eventually declared "righteous among the nations" -- against some of the grim incidents it depicts in deciding whether this makes suitable fare for older teens. Considerable combat and other violence, a couple of marital bedroom scenes, a glimpse of upper female nudity, mature themes, including gang rape and adultery. (A-III – adults) (PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned) HBO (cable)



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