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THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE artwork

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 121m 26s

Release date 28/08/2017

BBFCInsight moderate violence, threat, nudity

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Niki Caro

Cast includes Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford, Efrat Dor, Iddo Goldberg, Michael McElhatton, Jitka Smutna, Shira Haas, Waldemar Kobus

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 18/08/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE is a drama, based on a true story that begins in Poland in 1939, concerning a couple who join the Resistance and rescue people from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Violence

There are scenes in which Resistance fighters battle German soldiers. These include brief sight of bullet impact wounds, and a German soldier is briefly set on fire by a Molotov cocktail. One scene shows two women being shot in their heads by German soldiers. There are also scenes in which zoo animals are shot by soldiers, and some in which the Warsaw Ghetto is burned to the ground. However, there is limited detail.

Threat

There is a scene in which a German officer throws a woman onto a bed and forces himself on her. However, there is no further detail and the scene ends before rape occurs. In another scene a young teenage girl is taken away by two German soldiers. It is implied that she is subsequently raped, although there is no detail of this. A boy is threatened by a German office who intends to shoot him. A gunshot is heard from offscreen, implying the boy has been shot, although this turns out not to be the case.

Nudity

There is brief female breast nudity as a couple lie in bed.

The film also contains several scenes in which adults smoke cigarettes, reflecting the period in which the film is set.

Details

Title
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE
Year
2017
Distributor(s)
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Classified date(s)
24/08/2017
Main language
English
Submitted run time
121m 26s
BBFC reference
AVF347071
Remarks
16:9

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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