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 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…
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…
Difficult to watch, knowing this is real and continues to go on around the world and under our noses. Good performance by Weitz.
Honest. Commendable. Needs to be widely seen. Monica Bellucci has a very ambiguous role that one wishes was fleshed out.
Che palle sti americani portatori di pace e libertà che sempre si intrufolano dappertutto. Perché di base questo è il concetto. Mah...non sono riuscito ad andare oltre la metà.
Tragic current events make this film as accurate as possible.
Great Rachel Weisz.
Dosta dobar i intrigantan film o istini u Sarajevu i oko njega za vrijeme rata. Odlična gluma Rachel Weisz, kao i ostalih "balkanskih" djevojaka. Srbi i ostali kao da su sačinjeni od 50% dobrih i uvjerljivih i 50% glupih stranaca koji su naučili za potrebe filma polovičan balkanski jezik. To mi uvijek ubije imerziju, ali ništa strašno ovdje. Ono što mi je stvorilo muku je informacija po creditsima, kako ta privatna kompanija i dalje radi bez ikakvih sankcija za ovakve zločine ;(
Brilliant performance by Rachel Weisz, showing strength and helplessness brought a genuine feeling to the character.
This is quite a story, and that is how it's told. That this is quite a story. The screenplay is quite solid, tells the story with just enough unconventionality to keep it interesting but not so much to lose a mainstream audience, and that's fine for me to an extent. However as a director, Kondracki had absolutely no style, relied entirely on the screenplay (which she did co-write) to tell the story without raising it up, and she left Weisz to do much of the heavy-lifting. And Weisz is giving it her all, but she seems very inconsistent, and I believe that to be the fault of the director. The screenplay gets a little heavy-handed at times, and it meanders…
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.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women