Director Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife is a harrowing, but extremely well-made drama about the keepers of the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, during the Nazi occupation in World War II.
Although I find it difficult to watch films concerning the Holocaust, Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski (the Wife), the wonderful animals and the strong script by Angela Workman made the film enjoyable despite its tense subject.
Of course, having a good bad guy makes dramas more thrilling and Daniel Brühl makes an exceptional bad guy as the Nazi commander in charge of the zoo.
Production Designer Suzie Davies created a great tableau against which Cinematographer Andrij Parekh captured the action with the necessary excitement.
The Zookeeper’s Wife is well worth seeing. I give it a 4 out of 5.