Not recommended under 15 (Violence, distressing scenes, war theme)
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|Children Under 15||Not recommended|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||The Zookeeper’s Wife|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Zookeeper’s Wife is based on the true story of Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) Zabinski, the owners of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped save hundreds of people from the death camps of World War II.
Antonina and Jan are friends with Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl), a German zoologist and director of the Berlin Zoo. Lutz is obviously attracted to Antonina, which impacts the events of the story. When war breaks out, the Warsaw Zoo is badly bombed resulting in the death of many of the animals. Lutz, now a member of the SS, offers to take the prize stock back to Berlin, where he thinks it will be safer.
Meanwhile all the Jews in Warsaw are being rounded up and placed in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Zabinskis have Jewish friends Magda (Efrat Dor) and Iddo (Maurycy Fraenkel) and agree to hide Magda in the basement of their home while Iddo is sent to the ghetto. Jan devizes a plan to farm pigs, which Lutz grants him permission to do. He is also allowed to enter the ghetto to collect food waste to feed the pigs. This is a ruse to bring out the children, hiding them underneath all the rubbish. As the war progresses, and events unfold, the Zabinskis manage to bring out adults, as well as children, including their old friend Iddo.
Jan eventually joins the resistance fighters leaving Antonina and their son Ryzard (Timothy Radford and Val Maloku) to manage on their own. Antonina takes advantage of Lutz’s affections to continue helping people to escape from the ghetto right under the Germans’ noses.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
World War II; Death of animals and people; Survival, Resistance.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
The Zookeeper’s Wife is a true drama story of heroic and brave people that helped others escape from the horrors of Nazi occupied Warsaw. The story is very powerful and well told, however it is quite intense and covers very distressing material. It is therefore not recommended for young people under 15.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of standing up for what you believe in even at great cost to yourself and to oppose evil when it arises.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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