A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. To make the list manageable, I'm adding 1…
Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.
Based on the experiences of Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) who discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring while serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. 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.
I'm so naive sometimes.
When I watch films like this, based on true events in which people are tortured and treated worse than animals (in this case it is the trafficking of young women into Bosnia) I go all numb and nothing really computes because I can't wrap my head around the idea that people could treat other people like that. All my years of training in critical thinking go right out the window and I'm like an 8 year old who has nothing better to say than: I don't understand. How can people do that? How can someone be like that?
And when this type of story is then framed within a story of justice, it's worse. You know…
An oddly tone-deaf look at human trafficking that tries to wrap a story of intense tragedy around the most bland aspects of police procedurals and little-guy-versus-the-system movies. While I have no doubt that this is a story that should be told (inspired as it is by true events in post-war Bosnia), director Larysa Kondracki doesn't know how to tell it. Though she opts for the omnibus approach, Kondracki can't focus on any aspect of her story for more than a few minutes, creating a film that feels scattershot and incomplete. Rachel Weisz' turn as a UN Security Officer trying to sniff out collusion between her colleagues and sex traffickers is commendable, but the film doesn't know how to treat her…
Bleak film about human trafficking in post-war Bosnia. It is especially enervating because it is based on a true story. A true story where the UN peacekeeping forces (and associated private contractors) provide not only the market for the traffickers, but the infrastructure as well.
This film seems to have slipped under the radar somewhat having been shot in 2010 but only being released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray earlier ths year. With such a recognisible cast (Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci and Liam Cunningham) one must ask the question of why wasn't this film released theatrically? Without speculating about the distribution rights surrounding this German-Canadian co-production, perhaps a clue to THE WHISTLEBLOWER's 'straight-to-video' fate can be found in the rather muted merits of the film itself.
Rather unfortunately labelled a 'thriller' THE WHISTLEBLOWER is inspired by the events of real-life UN International Police officer Kathryn Bolkovac and her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking in post-war…
This is more evidence, if we needed any more, that Rachel Weisz is an absolutely fantastic actress. The first half of this film had me gripped. The second half of this movie had me thinking it was alright. And the final ending of this movie had me deeply disappointed. However, throughout the film Rachel Weisz is the one thing keeping me invested in the story, right up to the end where it ceases to work.
This film is based on a very real scandal in the UN that I had absolutely no knowledge of whatsoever. Rachel Weisz plays a policewoman who is having trouble getting transferred to a police department near to where her ex-partner and her children are currently…
Based on true events, The Whistleblower is an indictment on a system that covered up sex trafficking in post-war Bosnia yet is ultimately undone by clunky storytelling and crudely realised supporting characters.
The film relies on a strong performance by Rachel Weisz as the international police officer trying to uncover the truth about the sex slave industry that her own people are a part of. She is the centre of the story and Weisz delivers one of her best performances to date but she is also the only person in the entire film afforded any sort of development. Given the subject matter this is an unsurprisingly depressing watch yet it never hits the emotional heights it strives for because everybody…
There's a scene in this movie, where a bunch of young girls are herded into a room by strong, mean-looking men. They cower in corners while one of them is being made example of. She is bent over against a table, her wrists held in chains. Her clothes are then forcefully removed and what follows is a good minute of agonising screams and crying. We don't really see what is happening to that woman, as the film is never gratuitous, or overly graphic, but through expressions on the faces of all the women in that room forced to look at it, we can emote so much better and get a sense that what is happening is disturbing and shocking. Only…
Based upon true events. Wonderful, this is probably the one of best films from 2011. I am very much enthralled by the performance of Rachel Weisz; especially her raid at Florida Bar-scene. Film has kept tone of it dark plot, in complete thrill.
Non-sensationalised and pretty harrowing telling of a true story that needs to be told and everyone should be made aware of. Appalling abuse of power by UN and US contractors during the rebuilding of Bosnia.
Policewoman takes a job with a contractor in Bosnia and finds to what extent peacekeeping forces are actually involved in human sex trafficking. Based on the real life experience of Kathryn Bolkovac, well-intentioned film is hampered by some goofily expositive dialogue but it's crafted well enough to effectively drive home its point.
the problem with films based on real horrors like this is that it's rare to find one that skillfully toes the line between shallow and exploitative. artistic license can only get you so far before it becomes obvious someone in charge just wanted to film something sick. that wasn't quite the case here, but close enough tbh.
it's unfortunate, because the first half hour was actually fantastic. they managed to create this incredibly isolated atmosphere that had me so tense i found myself holding my breath. once it got unjustifiably graphic i felt myself shut down though, which is exactly what you don't want your viewer to do.
i wont be forgetting this for a while, but probably for the wrong reasons.
Heart-wrenching and difficult to watch. Like films about sex trafficking are. :P However, not an especially amazing film, overall.
It is a gruelling story, with some utterly ugly scenes. The film-maker is unsparing in her portrayal of the brutality. One scene depicts the rape of a young Ukrainian girl in front of others. The men in this particular station are ruthless chauvinists; one of them calls the trafficked young girls “whores of war”. In this backdrop, Kathryn’s voice and decision to stand up and rescue two Ukrainian girls is dramatically heroic. I don’t know how much the film-maker sticks to the real account of the hell Kathryn saw unfold. But this is a stark, black and white world, where events collide just to facilitate Kathryn’s heroism. Throughout the film, she is immune to any kind of danger. There are…
I found the ending unsatisfying. And the two sides were too polarized, no grey areas.
Anscheindend stehe ich aus verschiedenden Gründen der Thematik des Menschenhandels im Balkangebiet zu abgestumpft gegenüber...auch über die UN konnte ich dem Film keine neuen Erkenntnisse gewinnen.
Ich konnte dem Film und dem Verhalten der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten vor Ort leider auch nicht die abslute Glaubhaftigkeit abgewinnen!
Fazit: Ernstes Thema mit blaßer Umsetzung
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…