This past Monday I was able to attend a prescreening of

This past Monday I was able to attend a prescreening of

4/1/2021, 5:14:01 PM
This past Monday I was able to attend a prescreening of @thezookeeperswife by @focusfeatures which released yesterday! After reading the book, I was very interested in seeing the onscreen adaptation, and true to form, I cried through nearly all of it. . War films are a tricky area for me. I knew it was going to be hard to watch, but even when I prepare myself, seeing a portrayal of the cruelty and the horror of what happened on screen always shocks me. . I was particularly taken with Jan Zabinski (both Jan and actor Johan Helenberg who portrayed him) and even though the film can only show parts of their story, I thought you could catch a good sense of what kind of amazing people the Zabinski’s were. There are some really powerful scenes in this film and the example of Jan and Antonia will stay with me forever. . I think my only complaint is that I wanted less of Lutz Heck, the Nazi zoologist who spent a lot of time at the zoo, and much more of the efforts of Jan and Antonia. . I am so moved by this story and was so inspired. I’m so glad I saw this film. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it. This entire week my mind has continued to go back to it. Did you see the film yet? How did you like it? (Two points of warning- viewers will see the aftermath of a rape and the death of not only people, but many animals. This film is about the bravery of Jan and Antonia Zabinski in saving 300 Jews, so the majority of this film takes place in their zoo. The focus of this film stays on the zoo and those the Zabinski’s are able to save, so I found it significantly less graphic than other war or WWII films I have seen. Just wanted to point out these two parts for those who might want to know.) #thezookeeperswife

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