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Niki Caro and Jessica Chastain create an emotionally satisfying 'Zookeeper's Wife'

Niki Caro and Jessica Chastain create an emotionally satisfying 'Zookeeper's Wife'

Belief begets belief, and the faith that star Jessica Chastain and director Niki Caro have in "The Zookeeper's Wife" turn this World War II drama into an emotional experience that is straight-ahead but satisfying.

The story of Antonina Zabinska (Chastain), who along with her husband Jan hid some 300 Jews on the grounds of the Warsaw zoo they ran, may sound like a standard Holocaust tale of rescue and redemption, but even if there was such an animal, "The Zookeeper's Wife" is not it.

As adapted by the veteran Angela Workman from Diane Ackerman's based-on-fact bestseller, this film has its share of Nazi atrocities, but it is not really about recreating...

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