The Zookeeper’s Wife parents guide

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Protecting more than mere animals.

Overall B

As the Nazis invade Poland, the owners of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski (played by Jessica Chasten and Johan Heldenbergh) use their facility to help save hundreds of Jews. This movie is based on a true story.

Release date March 31, 2017

Violence C-
Sexual Content D+
Profanity A-
Substance Use C

Why is The Zookeeper’s Wife rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Zookeeper’s Wife PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking.

Run Time: 127 minutes

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The Zookeeper’s Wife
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Zookeeper’s Wife rated PG-13? The Zookeeper’s Wife is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking.

Violence: The movie depicts Nazi forces invading and occupying Poland during WWII. Bombs are dropped causing explosions and property damage. Weapon use is frequent. Soldiers shoot people and animals – often shown on screen and/or with blood effects. Bloody caresses of animals and corpses of people are shown. Guards threaten prisoners verbally and physically. People trapped in the ghetto suffer from starvation and cold. A teenaged girl is led away by a couple of soldiers, presumably raped, and then shown with ripped clothing, covered with cuts and bruises, and with blood running down the inside of her legs. Men, woman and children are in constant peril and fear for their safety. The death of family members and the challenges of living in hiding are depicted and discussed. An elephant is distressed when her calf can’t breathe and humans attempt to resuscitate the little one. Women, children and the elderly are put into boxcars and sent to a different prison. Solders use flame throwers to burn buildings and the cries of people are heard. A soldier is caught on fire from a small explosive.

Sexual Content: Married and unmarried couples are seen in bed, and passionate kissing and undressing is shown – sexual relations are implied. Married characters talk to each other in bed, and a woman’s breasts are seen when she rearranges the blankets. A woman puts up with a man’s unwanted touches and later offers herself to him in return for a favor. A teenaged girl is brutally raped (not shown on screen) and suffers emotional distress. Buffalo mating is discussed and indirectly shown. Some sexual innuendo is heard. A woman in labor is shown. A woman wears some cleavage baring clothing.

Profanity: A term of deity is used as an expletive. Name-calling and racial slurs are heard.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters are frequently seen smoking and drinking throughout this period film.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence
Alberta 14A Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Mature Theme, Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Sexual Violence, Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes 14A
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Cast and Crew

The Zookeeper’s Wife is directed by Niki Caro and stars Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Iddo Goldberg.

Read about a museum that has been opened in honor of the Zabinski family and the real-life experiences of a Jewish child who took refuge in the zoo.

This movie is based on the book by Diane Ackerman, which recounts the true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski.

Home Video

Related home video titles:

Another family hides a Jewish man in The Book Thief. A group of school students learn about the holocaust in the documentary Paperclips.