The Zookeeper

The Zookeeper

DVD - 2010
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Eastern Europe - a city torn by civil war - Present Day Jonah Ludovic writes in his journal. His poetry softening the cynical observations of a man living a self imposed penance. Wherever he came from and whoever he was, Ludovic is now alone, silenced by a crime unknown. Ludovic can hear the shelling of an imposing civil war. He can see the flashes of fire destroying a city that once was his home. He doesn't move. He just writes. As daybreak arrives, the shelling has ceased. Ludovic makes his way to his job as a custodian at the local zoo. He is met at the gates by the fleeing staff. Ludovic chooses to remain behind, he has no where to go. Along with an elderly guard and a veterinarian, the three set out to care for the animals and hopefully protect them and themselves, from harm. It is not long before the war has reached the gates of the zoo. Dragov, the sociopathic captain of a local search platoon of nationalists, heightens the intensity of the senseless war with surprise visits and violence. Within days, the guard has disappeared and the veterinarian killed. Ludovic is left alone with the threat that he will be next. His solitude is broken with the arrival of Zioig. A wounded nine year old, who after miraculously escaping incarceration, has learned the skills of a vigilante. Ludovic wants nothing to do with the boy, who will bring nothing but trouble, but cannot turn the wounded child away. Ludovic's frustration intensifies when a young woman, Ankica, makes her way to the zoo gates. Escaping from a concentration camp and aided by those in the underground, Ankica has made her way to the zoo in search of her son. The reunion successful, Ankica makes it clear that they will stay in the zoo together and Ludovic will help them to avoid re-arrest. Ludovic is at a loss. The war has intensified. The animals are on the brink of starvation. Without the animals, there is no job. Without the job, there will be no freedom. Although reluctant, Ludovic agrees and together, with Ankica and Zioig struggle to keep the animals alive. In reaching out they discover each other, their secrets and the hope that eventually finds peace, forgiveness and love.
Publisher: [United States] :, BrinkDVD,, 2010
Edition: Special edition
Characteristics: 1 video disc (approximately 105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 09, 2018

This is a good movie. Although the young boy in the movie says very little he, nonetheless, is able to convey his fears and frustrations. The characters each have their flaws but throughout they come out not as heros but as survivors. Life around them was hell but they were able to overcome the odds and it ends on a hopeful note.

Mar 15, 2017

Its an older show but a good story during the war, of a man taking care of a zoo. Its a tear jerker, especially if you have a love for animals.

Sep 26, 2016

Based on actual events. This is not a happy movie. It is heartwrenching, but well worth the view.

Feb 09, 2015

Sad movie, well done by the actors. Thought provoking, reminds one of the casualties of war.

Feb 06, 2014

Rated 5/10.

Feb 15, 2012

A touching movie at moments with great cinematography. I liked the 'mood' set by the colour of this movie - and the several moments of deep introspection were caught splendidly. Fortunately, there's a relatively happy ending which was a relief after the trials and tribulations this movie presented.

Jul 29, 2011

Sad but so good...if you are a Sam Neil fan and/or care about Eastern Europe, watch this movie....

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Mar 15, 2017

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