A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. The notes show the director's country, name and…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
The Whistleblower is a film that looks at the human-trafficking that occurred in post-war Bosnia, and one woman's attempt to save the girls and uncover the truth of those who are involved. It is a tough watch, but one that will allow some insight into the horrors of such a crime.
Rachel Weisz leads a very recognizable cast, in an outstanding performance. It's unfortunate that the rest of the cast isn't utilized, because they definitely have the talent. The direction also feel a scattered. In addition to focusing on Weisz's detective work, the film also attempts to show the plight of the girls who are being trafficked, and the effects on one of their mothers after learning that her daughter has been found. It's a nice touch, but they feel very underdeveloped and cause the film to drag.
What an outstanding film, really awakens you up to the corruption and illegal sex trafficking that is going on in the world and the inhuman morals people have. I finished the film and have a sick feeling in my stomach, what is wrong with people!!
I don't know why but Rachel Weisz bores the living daylight out of me.
En riktig feel-bad film om ni är sugna. Mådde dåligt hela kvällen
Although against the backdrop of human trafficking and having a brave true story, "The Whistleblower" has it's moments but fails to impress as a whole. The plain, monotonous execution is only occasionally saved by Rachel Weisz's heartfelt performance and amazing cinematography.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Great film!! This is a crazy humanity film!!
Great Film !! This is a crazy humanity film!
Great film !! This is a crazy humanity film!
Very interesting disturbing film. Rachel Weiz was top notch in this. Very gripping movie.
Only complaint was that the ending came so quick I felt like there was no sense of resolution or reward. It just wrapped it up in like 3 minutes. All in all very interesting, tough subject material, but a story worth seeing.
This movie was a little heavier than I was looking for, but it held my attention throughout. I did think it was slow at times, although maybe it was the helplessness that was seeping through. It is interesting that a movie about a totally different country and situation would remind me so much of Paraguay, though I suppose this type of thing happens everywhere. It is amazing to think of ways to poke the system when everyone in it is corrupt and doing the right thing might actually mean you will end up dead. Not a happy movie, but a thought-provoking one. Rachel Weisz is great in it, too.
- Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
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- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
- Border Radio
- Gas Food Lodging
- Seven Days in May
- The Manchurian Candidate
- The Manchurian Candidate
- Fail Safe
I love these. Can we get together a definitive list of them? Doesn't matter if they're good. All suggestions are…
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…