The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

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2005 M Contains violence,offensive language and sex scenes.

Love. At any cost.

Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, whose previous film, CITY OF GOD, won awards all over the world - and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Oscars - has crafted another highly entertaining yet important film.

Beautifully shot in Kenya, Germany, Sudan, Manitoba, and London, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, based on a bestselling novel by John Le Carré, is an exciting mix of romance and spy thriller.

Ralph Fiennes stars as Justin Quayle, a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is killed, he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.

Jeffrey Caine's powerful screenplay alternates between flashbacks of Justin and Tessa's relationship and Justin's hunt for the truth, which makes him a target - although he doesn't know who is after him. Fine support is offered by Danny Huston as his close friend and confidant, Sandy; Bill Nighy as shady British official Sir Bernard Pellegrin; and Hubert Koundé as Arnold Bluhm, an African doctor who might have been a little too friendly with Tessa.

Meirelles's pacing is outstanding, switching effortlessly between political intrigue, action adventure, and love story. And Fiennes and Weisz give strong performances playing complex characters that will continually surprise the audience. THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a thrilling tale from start to finish.

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129 minutes

DVD details

Screen Format
1.85:1 Widescreen
Spanish; English for the Hearing Impaired
English, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

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Screen Format
1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9 1.85:1
Castilian Spanish; Brazilian Portuguese; Latin Spanish; English for the hearing impaired
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish DTS Surround 5.1

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4 by David J.

A thought-provoking and suspenseful drama about the murder of the intense young activist wife of a British diplomat in Kenya when she probes into a pharmaceutical scandal, and her husband's determination... Read more

4 by Mumbles

A well put together movie that keeps moving and keeps you thinking. A t the same time a sad love story that pulls at the heart strings. Set in Africa, it portrays the sad reality of poor Africans... Read more

4 by Morris8

A revealing and thoughtful look at how drug corporates and governments can use Africa as a testing ground for drug development and a dumping ground for best by dated and rubbish drugs.

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4 by Corey9

Beautifully shot, Ralph Fiennes is at his most painfully english in this intense, sombre movie. You need to be a bit of a clever clogs to keep up, especially if you're brimming with anger over Rachel... Read more

5 by Hani4

This is one of the rare movie that is very moving, touching, and really stays with you after you leave the theater. I watched this movie - expected nothing - and surprised by how awesomely beautiful... Read more

5 by Murrayr

Was even better than the book which I certainly didn't expect. How refreshing to see real people in a film and not plastic replicas!

5 by Adrian

A great cast of superb British actors producing a top-class performance; understated but chilling story-John Le Carre can still write well.

5 by keeza2

This movie has gone down in my list of favourites. If you think the movie Crash was worth all the raving, then this deserves much much more. The cinematography is breathtaking, Fiennes is beautiful... Read more

4 by kensue

Wasn't sure if I would like this one as had heard it was a bit harrowing but enjoyed it immensely but came away feeling rather disillusioned definitely with Pharmaceutical and Governments so called aid programmes.

3 by Nathan & Nicole

I hadn't read John Le Carre's book but I had heard a lot of good things about this film and was really looking forward to it. Although it has some great cinematography of Kenya and some good minor characters... Read more