The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes help tell the true story portrayed in the film about how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo provided safe haven for Jews during World War II. Niki Caro directed the war drama using a screenplay Angela Workman adapted from the book of the same name by Diane Ackerman based on the true stories of Antonina Żabińska. The Zookeeper's Wife opened theatrically in the United States on March 31, 2017, and in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2017.
In The Zookeeper's Wife, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) serve as keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when Nazis invade Poland. Jan, Antonina and their son, Ryszard, survive, as do some of the animals. Most of those animals are soon gone though as Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl), keeper of the Berlin Zoo and Nazi zoologist, arrives to rescue them.
As Jan and Antonina witness the horrid treatment of Jews in Warsaw, they decide to use their zoo as a safe haven for Jews. But as much good as they are doing, they are also risking their own lives in the process, as evidenced when Jan is shot and captured. Pregnant and nearly alone, Antonina is left to keep her family and friends safe from constant German raids, while keeping Lutz at bay, none of which are easy tasks.
Antonina: We have room. We could hide them... Bring as many as you can.
While she didn't initially think it was a good idea, after hearing about the horrible conditions for Jews in Warsaw, Antonina agrees to hide Jews in their zoo. As she notes in this The Zookeeper's Wife movie quote, she wants to help as many as she can.
Antonina: All the terrible time you must have had. My father died. He was shot in St. Petersburg. I was, I was about your age. We were taken in by friends sometime soon, by strangers. We were running for so long. No one knows how hard it is, a life in hiding. 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.
While speaking to scared young girl Urszula, who was rescued after being raped by Nazi soldiers, Antonina discusses her own story of living in hiding. She also notes how she loves animals as you never have to question if they can be trusted.
Jan: There are people I know, people trying to help. They have trucks. They have guns and they want to use the zoo as a way station.
Antonina: What do you mean?
Jan: A place to hide Jews until safe houses can be found for them.
Antonina: A friend is different, one friend, but more than one, Jan. You said that yourself.
Jan: They're starving, Antonina. Two kilometers away, they are trapped and they're starving like rats in a cellar.
Jan approaches wife Antonina with a very dangerous proposition. As he explains in these The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes, they have space to hide Jews and should take the risk to help those in need.
Lutz Heck: My god, beautiful!
Antonina: Wait, wait please. You stay safe, my beauty.
Lutz Heck: Thank you, again. Goodbye, Frau Żabińska.
When Heck arrives at the Warsaw Zoo to take the surviving animals in these The Zookeeper's Wife movie quotes, Antonina does not want to give up her precious babies. Unfortunately, she has little choice in this move, to take the animals to the Berlin Zoo.