The Zookeeper's Wife
Jessica Chastain is more radiant than ever in The Zookeeper's Wife, based on the true story of how the Warsaw Zoo's directors, gentiles Antonina and Jan Żabiński, hid hundreds of Jews within the zoo and spirited them out of the Nazis' clutches in the darkest years of the Warsaw Ghetto. Director Niki Caro (Whale Rider; North Country; McFarland, USA) renders this tale of elegant moral simplicity with vivid realism and sustained suspense.
Burn Your Maps
In Burn Your Maps, the astonishing 10-year-old Jacob Tremblay (Room), as typical suburban kid Wes, decides that he's really a Mongolian goatherd and sets out to persuade his parents (Vera Farmiga and Marton Csokas, both also splendid) that he must follow his dream to Outer Mongolia. Director Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins) turns this premise into, yes, a tear-stained triumph of the spirit.
The first feature by director Anne Hamilton, who chucked Yale Law to intern for Terrence Malick, is luminous, spooky, magic-tinged. In American Fable, set amid the family-farm foreclosure crisis of the 1980s, Gitty, an 11-year-old girl, discovers that a man is imprisoned in a grain silo and has to figure out what to do about it without ruining her family. Young Peyton Kennedy makes us see the world through her dark, liquid eyes.
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of ELLE.
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