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The gifted Jessica Chastain, for all her mustering of her character's courage, is defeated by a distracting Euro accent.

A generic wartime tale of tears and triumph

Mar 31, 2017 5:50 AM

IN 1939 Poland, the Warsaw Zoo flourishes under the stewardship of Dr Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) and his wife Antonina (Jessica Chastain). A lion cub naps in their young son's bed; Antonina feeds apples to hippos on her morning rounds, chased by a baby camel.

The idyll is shattered

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