The Whistleblower

Rated R 112 minutes 2011

As traumatic as it might be to watch The Whistleblower, being involved in the story it depicts must have been impossible to forget. Told through the eyes of a Nebraska police officer who accepts a position as a United Nations peacekeeper in late-90s war-torn Bosnia, the film uncovers widespread rape and sex-trafficking, much of it involving the men Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) works with at the United Nations. Often, it is not the story of the war itself that is so powerful; it can just as easily be experiences that arise as a consequence of war that puncture our memories. That's certainly the case with The Whistleblower, thanks to a fearless performance by Weisz, and the decision by rookie director Larysa Knodracki to not play flag football with the facts. It may not be a technically superior movie, but it's a hard one to shake.

Film Credits

Director: Larysa Kondracki

Producer: Nicolas Chartier, Sergei Bespalov, Peter Schafer, Amy Kaufman, Christina Piovesan and Celine Rattray

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Liam Cunningham, David Hewlett and William Hope


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