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The Whistleblower (2010)

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A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.

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Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Written by Production

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Rated R for disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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27 October 2011 (Germany)  »

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$61,002 (USA) (5 August 2011)

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$1,120,914 (USA) (21 October 2011)
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The film takes place in post War Bosnia, but was not filmed there. Furthermore, every single character playing a Bosnian national in the movie when supposed to have been speaking in Bosnian (and subtitles were used), does not speak in that language at all, rather in some Slavic language very different to Bosnian. There is, however, a brief scene when an actor playing one of the regional cops, testifies in court (and reading from paper in his hands, probably his testimony), when he went to great lengths to actually speak the Bosnian language. Unfortunately, his accent is extremely heavy and would have never passed for a Bosniak. During that one scene when the correct language was actually spoken, the English subtitles were so badly and incorrectly translated, to the point of nearly changing the entire sum of what he had said in the film and its meaning. Obviously who ever worked as a language consultant on this film had very poor knowledge of the Bosnian (or Serbo-Croatian) language used throughout Bosnia. See more »

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In the opening sequence which is entirely in the language of Ukraine, as Raya is being photographed, Luba whispers while mouthing the word "smile" in English. See more »

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[first lines]
Raya: [in Ukrainian] I have to get home. Mama's gonna kill me.
Luba: No. You are staying with me tonight. Roman wants us there at nine in the morning. Raya, we've been over this. It's just a few months working in a hotel.
Raya: Yes, but...
Luba: You want to work at a Copyshack like your mother? He said it was both of us or nothing!
Raya: ...No.
[walks away]
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Written by Anatoli Krupnov (as Anatoly Krupnov), Vasily Bilishotsky and Vladimir Ermakov
Performed by Black Obelisk
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An excellent but depressing film
1 September 2011 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The Whistleblower is an excellent film, but it left me depressed. However, its message is undoubtedly important and I think that it definitely deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, not exactly as an entertainment, but as a testimony of a horrible situation which is unfortunately extended all around the world, even though the story from the film is set in Serbia and Bosnia. Which one of so many possible atrocities does The Whistleblower deal with? The human trafficking; and even though it does not offer solutions (probably because they don't exist), it at least brings us new reasons to feel ashamed of the human genre.

Having established the importance of the message expressed by The Whistleblower, I will proceed to focus myself into its many cinematographic attributes. The screenplay is fascinating, and it kept me in suspense the whole time, because even though it does not have the structure from a traditional thriller, the crusade undertaken by the main character demands a strong emotional response; and as well as we share her hope of a positive solution, we also feel her frustration when she faces the constant obstacles she finds from the mafia, the bureaucracy and even the enslaved young women, who are too scared in order to testify against their captors. The only thing I can say against this film is that the screenplay should have explored a bit more some of the subjects it deals with.

Rachel Weisz brings a great performance in the leading role from The Whistleblower, due to the wide range of emotions she perfectly expresses with her character. Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, Roxana Condurache, Paula Schramm and Nicolaj Lie Kass also bring perfect works. So, in conclusion, The Whistleblower is a hard but brilliant movie whose finality is not amusing us for a while, but illustrating us about a sad reality which is lived by millions of people every day. I guess that it is difficult to think about that when we have our own problems (which are undoubtedly minor, even though they affect us daily), but that apathy is exactly what companies like DynCorp need in order to enrich themselves at the expense of the human misery. Even though I think that exactly the same can be said about any government.


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