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Whistleblower, The / La dénonciation (Bilingual)

Rachel Weisz    DVD
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This ripped-from-the-headlines thriller is inspired by actual events. Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan 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.


La dénonciation racontera les tribulations d’une policière du Nebraska qui a risqué son travail et sa propre sécurité en levant le voile sur un scandale impliquant à la fois des entrepreneurs américains et l’ONU.


Rachel Weisz delivers a stunning, riveting performance in The Whistleblower, a performance that shows what depth and emotion she is capable of. Her portrayal, and the message of The Whistleblower, will stay with the viewer long after the movie is over. Based on a true story, the film shines a light on two horrific stories--the brutality of human trafficking, and the lengths to which those in power go to protect the status quo, even if (or especially if) the result is continuing the trafficking. Weisz plays Kathy, an American police officer who signs up for a contract in Bosnia working for the United Nations as a postwar peacekeeper. But what Kathy discovers is human trafficking and sex slavery on a gross scale--and yet her efforts to help the affected young women to safety, and to bring the traffickers to justice, seem to be thwarted at every turn. Kathy is warned, repeatedly and viciously, to leave the issue alone, but she is determined that the United Nations do the right thing. Yet bureaucrats on the ground--and possibly even in the UN itself--seem to be part of a conspiracy to look the other way.

The viewer is taken along for a brutal, frustrating, and sometimes horrifying ride. Weisz absolutely carries this difficult film, and her nuanced performance keeps the viewer riveted, even if the subject matter is often grim. The rest of the cast is also terrific. Vanessa Redgrave is a tireless worker trying to help the young women through a nonprofit organization, facing much resistance. David Strathairn plays an American who seems to want to help Kathy expose the conspiracy, but he also may be tied too deeply to the power structure. And Monica Bellucci plays against type as a steely-cold UN administrator whose allegiances are clearly to the establishment in the savaged country. The Whistleblower is not an easy film to watch, but it's an important one, and the cast and writer-director Larysa Kondracki have brought a light onto an important subject, and one brave woman who dared to take a stand. --A.T. Hurley

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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting at the Truth Oct. 23 2012
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
This film looks at the true-life account of a policewoman from Nebraska who signed up with the UN to do a stint of helping to monitor the war crimes of the Bosnian Serbs against Muslims in the early nineties. She took on the great paying job for six months with the hope that it would give her a chance to get her life back in order after a messy divorce and loss of custodial rights to her child. During her stint of service, she was constantly told by her superiors that she was there only to observe and report any suspicious actions. The problem here was that this woman had a conscience that needed answering to as a higher authority. When she saw the brutalities of war involving criminal actions of her own UN bosses and fellow workers, in concert with the Serbs, she decided to go public. Her story is one of incredible courage in staying the course to get justice for the women who were rounded up as sex slaves around the Balkans to work in local brothels. While many attempts were made to silence her by either threatening her life or ruining her career back home, she persisted in taking her story to the highest levels of government. This is a great flick to watch because of its ability to realistically present a human-interest story in a very dramatic and suspenseful way. Our hero is certainly up against some very evil forces intent, at all costs, in protecting their human trafficking business, even if it means flouting the rule of law.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Jan. 26 2013
By Megan
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Really eye-opening and frightening. Amazing, though, if your stomach can handle it. It's scary what goes on in the world that most people don't know about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars imdb rated this a 7 out of 10 April 28 2012
A moving 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.
Director: Larysa Kondracki
Writers: Larysa Kondracki, Eilis Kirwan
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave
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