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  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
  • Directors: Larysa Kondracki
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers Films
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XLFXHG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Inspired by actual events.

Hard up Nebraska Police Office Kathryn Bolkovac (Academy Award®-winner Rachel Weisz) accepts a well-paying UN peacekeeping job courtesy of a private military contractor working on behalf of the UN. She arrives in post-war Bosnia expecting a harmonized international effort, but instead finds chaos and disorder against a back drop of simmering ethnic tensions.

When a brutally injured young woman lands in the UN s care, Kathryn risks her own safety as she unearths an organised and brutal underworld of sex trafficking. Despite attempts to thwart her investigation and threats on her life she fights to uncover the truth and traces the path of criminality to a shocking source.

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A brutally important film… Rachel Weisz is quite superb --Screen Daily

Rachel Weisz delivers a starring turn --TIff

Rachel Weisz delivers a starring turn --TIff

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I watched this in a "well, there's nothing else on" moment - and thanks be there wasn't anything else on else I'd have missed out! This is a nice, taut thriller with a few twists in it's tail, as an American cop-turned-UN-peacekeeper arrives in the war-torn Balkans to help train up a remodelled local police force in the wake of the ethnically-driven conflict there. At first all seems straightforward until a distraught girl turns up and the heroin, Balkovic, unearths a human traffiking network. Corruption is rife and she soon learns that it runs far deeper than it should, and in directions it shouldn't. Risking life and limb in the face of organised criminals hell-bent on protecting their trade, Balkovic sets out to bring the racket down and save the girls, making some unpleasant discoveries about the character of her fellow countrymen on the way.

Allegedly based on real events, Weisz brings Balkovic to life adeptly and is ably supported by the likes of Vanessa Redgrave to turn out a nicely presented feature that I'll definitely watch again.
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It is high time the highly corrupt organisation known as the UN were held accountable in some way if only for the behaviour of their so-called peacekeepers who commonly rape trafficked women and even buy and sell them themselves. If you don't believe this movie is true,then do some research of your own and you will discover it is even more horrifying and widespread than this film is able to show in 2 hours.
I would say it is an important film, very concisely written and very well-acted, but you may come away from it feeling depressed and also frustrated to live in a world where rape is such a commonplace event that many men do not even recognise it as being rape, and those that do enjoy it. They call it recreation and it makes me as a man feel totally sick to be part of a species which treats women and children in such a way.
Also the frustration is not to know what we can do about it. If you watch this and want to do something then one thing people can do is to sponsor a child or teenager with SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES and they operate all over the world including Bosnia, and then you could play a part in helping keep one individual protected from such a life as is portrayed in this film, as least until they are an adult and have a chance to make their own choices.
While this film mostly portrays events concerning young women,the crimes described do also affect children in vast numbers and there are always people in positions of authority whether they be police or in government organisations, who are affiliated with paedophile rings and turn a blind eye or take payoffs to protect the perpetrators of such crimes.
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I’m always wary of films stating ‘inspired by actual events’ but this 2010 story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who joined a private corporation as a United Nations peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 is worth telling. Working her way up the corporations ranks she discovered a sex trafficking ring serving and helped by her own companies employees, with the UN's SFOR peacekeeping force turning a blind eye and tries to stop the sex trade but is stunned by her employers, and governmental attitudes to her claims.
Despite the storyline, this is told without the need of nudity [which is only seen in a few Polaroid snapshots] but concentrates on the fear instilled in the girls and the menacing casual attitudes she encounters by many of her fellow workers. More harder hitting is that it actually highlights the hypocrisy of the UN and government departments as they hide behind Diplomatic Immunity for crimes committed by their workers. It also notes the same company is still active and working in Afghanistan and Iraq on lucrative contracts. Who says crime does not pay?
The single disc loads to 4trailers before going to main menu offering play, scene selection, audio [2.0/5.1] and bonus [an interview with cast and crew]. it should be noted that the two girls featured are based on composites and the events portrayed have actually been toned down.
Whether you like this or not, the film deserves a ***** for simply telling the story, warts and all. Hats off to her for her bravery.
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Arrived quickly, well packaged. Excellent movie for anyone who likes to know what's going on in the world. Graphic and heartbreakingly sad at times. This is fairly accurately based on a true story and, if you didn't previously know the depths some (including those you might naively expect to be better than that) people plumb, you will at the end of this movie. Can't recall a single piece of bad acting. Rachel Weisz superb.
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This is a harder film to watch than I expected. Why? Well, the trailer indicated it was going to be a fairly straightforward conspiracy thriller about Rachel Weisz's honest cop going to work for the UN and discovering fishy things about a human trafficking ring. What I didn't expect was for the film to go so deeply into what happens to the girls involved, and the sheer levels of corruption needed to keep such things from being investigated properly.
It's largely depressing viewing, and the degredation of the women is chilling and heartbreaking, not least because so many of the men meant to be protecting them both inside and outside the UN seem utterly heartless and even greatly amused by their pleas.
We then have Weisz to thank for keeping the film's head above water with a likeable, very human and identifiable performance, acting as a flawed but decent human rudder to steer us through the harshness.
Trust me when I say that this is neither a date movie, nor one to watch to cheer yourself up, but it is very well performed, very well written, and very emotionally moving and certainly deserves viewing. And if anything else, it goes a long way to re-confirm that Weisz is a star who deserves to be carrying more movies of her own.
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