Antonina and Jan Zabinski (Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh) run the Warsaw Zoo. Their happy existence is ruined by German bombs during World War II. Since most of their animals are relocated, with all the space on their property they begin hiding Jews from the Nazis.
This is an incredible true story. The film doesn't shy away from the horrors of WWII but by the end credits it feels slightly uplifting. It takes a lot of courage to do what the brave people who protected their Jewish friends during this time did. And you always feel the stakes. Especially with Lutz (Daniel Brühl) constantly snooping around and harassing Antonia.
I loved the cast. I don't know how well their Polish accents were but they sounded okay. It was nice to see Michael McElhatton in a small, kind role. He's such a wonderful actor and I'm so used to him as Roose Bolton. It's nice to see him be a decent dude on screen.
The film has a pretty massive flaw in my opinion, but I can't go into it without massive spoilers. I haven't researched it to see if that was truly how everything went down, but if not it seems extremely sort sighted.
Memorable Quote: "You can never tell who your enemies are, or who to trust. Maybe that's why I love animals so much. You look in their eyes, and you know exactly what's in their hearts. They're not like people." - Antonia