Though the actress has won an Oscar before, it was for her rather thankless role in Fernando Meirelles’s downbeat drama, “The Constant Gardener.” “The Whistleblower” functions as a smart follow-up to Alejandro Amenábar’s equally overlooked 2009 gem, “Agora,” in which Weisz played another strong-willed rebel who risked everything in pursuit of the truth. Both Hypatia in “Agora” and Kathryn Bolkovac in “The Whistleblower” are empowering figures with unsettling life stories that hit all too close to home.
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Despite some narrative contrivances and a manipulative third-act twist, Kondracki’s film is
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How far will one woman go to fight global injustice? Inspired by true events, The Whistleblower has been met with praise by critics and heralded at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (.Best Narrative Feature.), Seattle Film Festival (.Best Director.) and Whistler Film Festival (.Best Film,. .Best Narrative Feature.).
Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) and Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) head a powerful cast that includes Oscar® Nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) in writer-director Larysa Kondracki.s harrowing dramatic thriller. When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia,
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When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she uncovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. After learning that fellow peacekeepers and military contractors are involved in the ghastly practice and its cover-up, Bolkovac risks her own life to save the lives of others and expose the corruption.
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When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, The Whistleblower is an acclaimed film inspired by actual events.
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The Whistleblower was released August 5th, 2011 and stars Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci,
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This grim fact is examined in The Whistleblower, the real-life story of a female U.N. peacekeeper who uncovers a sex trafficking network in post-war Bosnia that shocked the world.
In 1999 Nebraska, police officer Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is struggling to maintain a relationship with her young daughter. After losing custody to her ex-husband, and facing a financial strain to move closer to her, Bolkovac learns about a lucrative job with a private Blackwater-type military contractor. For one year's work as a Un peacekeeper, she can earn $100,000, tax-free.
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Arriving in Sarajevo, Bolkovac quickly learns the brutal realities and chaos of post-war Bosnia.
Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films Note: This review was originally published on September 16, 2010 after I saw it at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. I am reprinting it here as it hits limited theaters this weekend.
Not too far into The Whistleblower I was ready to chalk it up as another "inspired by a true story" feature wallowing in the misfortune of others as one person faces hardship in the face of many to set things right. It's a familiar narrative that doesn't make a film of this nature anything special and, for the most part, The Whistleblower is merely mediocre. But Rachel Weisz delivers a starring turn that gets better and better as the film wears on providing one specific reason for praise.
Making her feature film debut, The Whistleblower is directed and co-written by Larysa Kondracki and she has put something together that is not for the faint of heart.
“The Whistleblower” also stars Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Roxana Condurache, Paula Schramm, Alexandru Potocean, William Hope, Rayisa Kondracki, Jeanette Hain, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Hewlett, Coca Bloos and Luke Treadaway from co-writer and director Larysa Kondracki and co-writer Eilis Kirwan.
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The movie poster for “The Whistleblower” with Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave.
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