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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 trafficking scandal.

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Larysa Kondracki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Kathryn Bolkovac
Vanessa Redgrave ... Madeleine Rees
Monica Bellucci ... Laura Leviani
David Strathairn ... Peter Ward
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Jan Van Der Velde
Roxana Condurache Roxana Condurache ... Raya
Paula Schramm Paula Schramm ... Luba
Alexandru Potocean ... Viko
William Hope ... Blakely
Rayisa Kondracki ... Irka
Jeanette Hain ... Halyna
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Nick Kaufman
David Hewlett ... Fred Murray
Coca Bloos Coca Bloos ... Milena
Luke Treadaway ... Jim Higgins
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Storyline

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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Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.


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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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Canada | Germany

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English | Romanian | Russian | Serbian

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad oculta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,002, 7 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,120,914, 23 October 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 Romanian. 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 Danny Greaves, Sammy Kohn, Peter Loewen and Joel Serlin
Performed by The Watchmen
Published by PeerMusic Canada Inc.
Courtesy of The Watchmen
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Difficult yet important story
29 May 2011 | by heszyfilmSee all my reviews

The previous reviewer obviously didn't know that this is a true story. The specific victims were fictionalized, but the overall story of what was happening and what Rachel Wiesz's character went through are true. They are not a contrived, or "generic" "CSI" story.

That said, as a movie, Whistleblower delivers in telling about this difficultand important event. Some of the scenes were hard to watch, but, as the director mentioned at the Q&A after the screening I saw, it was just scratching the surface of what was going on. Vanessa Redgrave's character, though her scenes were relatively brief, really shined. I appreciated that the cinematography didn't involve any fancy styles or overly dramatic music. The director let the impact of the story itself, and Rachel Wiesz's fine acting, carry the movie.


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