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A man discovers a deadly secret when he tries to find out who killed the woman he loves in this suspense drama based on a novel by John Le Carré. Justin Quale (Ralph Fiennes) is a low-level British diplomat who has been given a new assignment in Kenya. Justin's wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is an activist with a keen interest in issues of poverty and social justice; Justin urges her to avoid getting too deeply involved in the people living in Kenya, who are constantly dogged by poverty, but she shows little interest in obeying these instructions. This isn't the only area where Tessa has disregarded her husband, who suspects that she may have had an affair - for she started spending time with a handsome doctor once they settled in Kenya. One day, Tessa disappears, and is found brutally murdered; officials believe that she was murdered by the doctor after some sort of argument. However, before long Justin becomes convinced that there was a larger scheme that led to Tessa's death, and he begins digging into areas where he's not especially welcome, given his reputation as a man willing to let the wealthy and powerful do as they will. The Constant Gardener was the first English-speaking feature from Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, who directed the international success City of God.~Mark Deming
Embracing Africa: filming in Kenya
John le Carré: from page to the screen
Anatomy of a global thriller: behind the scenes of the Constant Gardner
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
I loved this movie. I was looking forward to watch it for a long time.
The first half of The Constant Gardner is mainly told in flashback as we see Ralph Fiennes' quite meek character going over his meeting and falling in love with his wife, played by Rachel Weisz, and her endeavor to shed light on the testing of a pharmaceutical drug on the local African population. It's in the second half of the film that he retraces the steps that lead to her death as he fights to uncover the conspiracy. The film is brought to life by wonderful writing and performances. The only real negative is its reliance on too many scenes of expository dialogue near the end.
For an Alliance release, the picture quality is surprisingly good as their blu-rays are typically quite lackluster. The audio defaults to Dolby Digital for some reason; so, you have to manually change it to the DTS-MA track and that can only be done through the pop-up menu as there is no Top Menu. There are no extras.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good Socio-Political Thriller.
A wonderful socio-political thriller! It comes from the same director of City of God. The story is interesting, which revolves around Ralph Fiennes character trying to get to the bottom of a secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
Rachel Wiesz's Oscar was well-deserved. This film will not disappoint if you enjoy these types of films.