Toronto native Larysa Kondracki’s has brought the true life story of Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac to the screen in a courageous and relevant film. When her ex-husband moves away after he has been awarded custody of the kids, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) takes a contract job in Bosnia in order to earn some substantial money quickly.
She soon discovers that “peace keeping” is dangerous work, and the moral ground is never steady, the friends and enemies never clear. The story and the film are harrowing and brutal, the crimes uncovered and covered up are unspeakable: kidnapping, sex and drug trafficking. All of seemingly sanctioned by the highest authorities.
It’s an unstinting look at our modern world at its most rapacious and degraded. The director never wavers, though some of the audience did (reportedly someone fainted). Not for the faint of heart.
Besides Weisz, Kondracki has gathered a very fine cast, including Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, and Monica Bellucci.