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also known as Clovek v zoo

The Zookeeper2001

  • 4.1
Sam Neill stars as a dedicated zookeeper in this emotionally and politically charged drama that explores the depths of human nature in the time of war. A city zoo in an eastern European country is abandoned when war ravages the city. Ludovic (Neill), a cynical ex-communist with a troubled past, and the vet decide to stay and take care of the animals despite the bombing and lack of supplies. Partisans soon take the Indian vet away, leaving Ludovic alone to take care of the animals. That is, until he discovers a wounded 10-year old boy hiding in the compound. After being nursed back to health, the boy brings his mother (Gina McKee) to the zoo. Ludovic is now forced to take a political stand. Either force the two out of the zoo or protect them and risk the zoo's destuction by occupying forces. Sam Neill delivers a performance brimming with quiet dignity and strong resolve. A stirring tale based on a real-life incident that will capture your imagination.

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Strong performance by Sam Neill and sad story of civilian life during war time in the Balkans. Highly recommend

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Strong performance by Sam Neill and sad story of civilian life during war time in the Balkans. Highly recommend

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Profound film. Is this a particular past, or is this what will become commonplace in the future as the trumpeter of hate and death calls up the legions waiting to destroy the world? I keep seeing the animals and the flames, and a child whose childhood was destroyed.

Another great performance from Sam Neill in this film based on a real incident. Sadly, Om Puri only had a few scenes but they were an excellent start to the film.