General · 19th February 2012
On Friday, February 24, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre, Friday Flicks presents The Whistleblower. The film is rated R for sex, violence and profanity.
Many films these days scoop the headlines for their subject matter. Such a film is The Whistleblower. The movie is based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a cop from Lincoln, Neb., who in 1999 accepted a contract to work for the U.N. in Bosnia. Kathy shipped off to Sarajevo to head the Gender Office, working with local cops to investigate rape, domestic abuse and human trafficking.
Rachel Weisz excels as Kathryn Bolkovac, the Nebraska cop and single mom who thought the work gig in Bosnia would solve her financial problems at home. She arrives in Sarajevo to aid the local police, then finds that the cops, the diplomats and even U.N. employees are a major part of the problem. She finds allies in Madeleine Rees (Vanessa Redgrave), head of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and Jan Van Der Velde (David Strathairn), an internal-affairs investigator. But corruption is rife and it seems impossible to stem the flow of the lucrative trade in human life.
Rachel Weisz's performance holds the viewer every step of the way. Her Kathy is fueled by a high-octane mix of human decency and fearless initiative. This is hard-hitting material, but it sheds light on a subject too long ignored. Shot over 36 days in Bucharest, Romania.