The Whistleblower

June 23rd, 2011


The Whistleblower

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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.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.1/10 (7,060 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Larysa Kondracki

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave

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.

Writers: Larysa Kondracki, Eilis Kirwan

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 - Raya
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 - Milena
Luke Treadaway - Jim Higgins

Taglines: Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 23 June 2011

Filming Locations: Bucharest, Romania

Opening Weekend: $61,002 (USA) (7 August 2011) (7 Screens)

Gross: $1,120,914 (USA) (23 October 2011)

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Did You Know?

Rachel Weisz first read the script in 2005 when she was pregnant, but turned it down because she didn't think she could play the harsh role of Bolkovac at that time. In 2009, after learning that the film never went ahead, she accepted the role and the film entered into production.

[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]

User Review

Difficult yet important story

Rating: 8/10

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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