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Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter Z

This post ends my time writing movie reviews on the Missus Lady's blog. At least for now. Maybe I'll do more reviews, now and then. The Missus Lady would like me to do book reviews for some future ABC Wednesday round. I'll think about it.

It has been fun being part of this round of ABCW. Purrrrrrrrrrr.

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

Setting: Warsaw, Poland during WWII, 1939 to 1945

This movie is based on the real-life story of the husband and wife caretakers of the Warsaw Zoo, Dr. Jan Zabinski and Antonina Zabinska, during World War II. The couple defied the nasty Nazis by hiding over 300 Jews in the zoo during the war. It is a sad and horrible, yet uplifting, tale.

The movie begins with the bombing of Warsaw in September 1939, the start of the war, during which many of the animals died. Dr. Lutz Heck, an actual Nazi commander and a big-time zoologist for Hitler, transfers the best of the surviving animals to German zoos, after convincing the couple that it is better for the animals since they can not really feed and care for the animals. Throughout the story, it's Antonina's role to keep Heck at bay by letting him think she is interested in him even though he disgusts her.

The couple manage to convince Heck to let them turn the zoo into a pig farm for food for the Nazi forces. To feed the pigs, they gather food scraps from the Jewish ghetto. Over time, they use this as a means to move people out of the ghetto and into the zoo. In 1944, Jan takes part in the Warsaw uprising, in which he is injured and captured.

How do Jan and Antonina manage to hide the Jews and help them leave the zoo to safer locations? How successful were they? Does Heck get his way with Antonina? Do Antonina and Jan reunite after the war is over?

Hopefully, the world won't experience another World War II again. Mewwrrrrrr.

A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter Z is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter.  Thank you, ABCW team. Onto Round 22!


  1. I saw it last year on bluray, I liked it but it could have been better.

    1. I thought they did a good job without romanticizing war.

  2. Interesting! The movies and novels on WWII still are..

  3. a woman after my heart

    Happy NEW YEAR
    Have a splendid, ♥=warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y (ab-w-team)

  4. Sadly, I don't think the world has been free of war since then. :(

  5. Yes, I really wanted to see that but did not

  6. It is a good movie and one I will see again but it will take a while because of what happens to the animals at the beginning...I still have the image of the baby camel in my head.

    1. After reading about the couple, I thought the screenwriters did a decent job telling their story. The thing between Antonina and Heck was fictionalized, but I think still believable.

  7. I've read reviews that this is good, need to see it. Have a good week.


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