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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite
  • Directors: Fernando Meirelles
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7QLLO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,742 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hard-hitting political thriller based on the novel by John Le Carre, and the first English-speaking feature from director Fernando Meirelles. When political activist Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz, in an Oscar-winning performance) is found brutally murdered in Kenya, her widowed husband, unassuming minor diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), becomes increasingly belligerent in his attempt to solve the mystery of her death, to the surprise of his British High Commission colleagues. Haunted by remorse and by insidious rumours of his wife's infidelities, Quayle uses his access to diplomatic secrets to unearth a vast and dangerous conspiracy about the methods of big pharmaceutical companies and the exploitation of the Third World by the West, at the same time as he discovers more about the beautiful young wife he never really knew.

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The Constant Gardener is the kind of thriller that hasn't been seen since the 1970s: Smart, politically complex, cinematically adventurous, genuinely thrilling and even heartbreaking. Mild diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes, The English Patient, Schindler's List) has a loose cannon of a wife named Tessa (Rachel Weisz, The Shape of Things, The Mummy), who's digging into the dirty doings of a major pharmaceutical company in Kenya. Her brutal murder forces Justin to continue her investigation down some deadly avenues.

This simple plot description doesn't capture the rich texture and slippery, sinuous movement of The Constant Gardener, superbly directed by Fernando Meirelles (Oscar-nominated for his first film, City of God). Shifting back and forth in time, the movie skillfully captures the engaging romance between Justin and Tessa (Fiennes shows considerably more chemistry with Weisz than he had with Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan) and builds a vivid, gripping, and all-too-justified paranoia. And on top of it all, the movie is beautiful, due to both its incredible shots of the African landscape (which at times is haunting and unearthly) and the gorgeous cinematography. Featuring an all-around excellent cast, including Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), and Danny Huston (Silver City).--Bret Fetzer

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 5 Jan. 2006
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The title 'The Constant Gardener' has multiple meanings for this film, but first it refers to the obvious, the character of Justin Quayle, a middle-tier member of the British diplomatic corps in Africa, who is constantly trying to cultivate a proper garden, be it in London or in Africa. Into his routine civil service existence, Tessa arrives, full of ideas, passion for justice, and more than a few secrets. Of course, the diplomatic corps powers also have their secrets, and it is in the clash of secrets that Tessa ends up being murdered, and Justin's life turns from one of routine if not wholehearted loyalty to the service into an extraordinary, passionate and heart-felt loyalty to the memory of his wife.
This film is remarkable in several ways, not the least because of the cinematography. More than half the film is set in Africa, both Kenya and the Sudan. Here is life in all its contradictions - abject poverty and stunning beauty, illness and disease amidst the overpopulation; life among the dying, and death among the living. One thing the viewer will notice is that all of the scenes in Africa are shown in vivid, powerful colours. The scenes in London and on the European continent are faded and gray; despite the fact that the European scenes are invariably set in wealthy settings (private clubs, opulent halls, expensive buildings, etc.), they lack the colour and life of the African scenes - even the Kenyan shanty town and the Sudanese refugee camp seem to contain more life than the major cities of the Western world. This is surely no accident, but rather a device the director used to intensify the contradictions.
There are several plots that lead into one another - what was Tessa really up to? Who was involved, and to what degree?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Evans on 18 April 2011
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This is a truly thought provoking, wonderfully acted masterpiece of a movie. All the actors are good, but for me there is only one standout performance, that is Ralph Fiennes. His intelligent, poignant performance transdcents through every frame. You really feel his sadness and loss. He can convey so much with one gaze from those AMAZING eyes, this combined with understaded, faultless acting is a wonderful combination. I feel he is so underated as an actor. Why on earth this man has not won an Oscar is beyond me. Ralph Fiennes is without doubt our greatest living actor, and surely this must one day be recognised.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By BookSnob on 11 Mar. 2006
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I saw this at the cinema last night (it has been re-released after its Oscar success) and I can honestly say that this is one of the best films I've ever had the privelege to watch, and I've seen a lot of films.
This is such a powerful film because, while being fictional, it could so easily be(and probably is) a true reflection of what really does go on between drug companies and governments in exploiting those who most need our help. The use of real African people rather than actors heightens this intense realism and the moving scenes of African children near the end make you realise that this is not just a film; these people are real, and they are suffering, right now.
Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes are both spectacular; Rachel Weisz especially portrays Tessa as such a wonderfully vibrant, beautiful and passionate woman that you cannot help but adore her, and it is truly devastating, as we see her through flashbacks, to know that she was murdered for her noble efforts. Ralph Fiennes' quiet stoicism and slow realisation of just how brave a woman his wife was and how she was betrayed by those she trusted, is also intensely moving, and I don't think I was the only person who left the cinema with tears running down my face.
Don't miss out on this film. It is a brilliantly acted, beautifully shot and powerfully moving film that shows just how much, unfortunately, money really does make our world go round.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. I. Macdonald on 8 Nov. 2008
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I hadn't heard much of this film when I bought it but it had a good cast so I decided it would be a good buy. How right I was! To be honest this is not the kind of plot I am interested in, covered up government secrets or political/diplomatical troubles in other countries (that makes me sound really stupid!)but there was something so exciting and tantalising about this film, and in many parts totally heartbreaking. Plus fantastic photography of Africa. A must watch!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 May 2010
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John le Carré's heyday was in the 60s and 70s when the premise of this film would have been quite plausible. I was surprised to see it was an adaptation of a recent book, the idea of FO types working through gangsterish intermediaries with Mugabe style politicians and faceless corporate baddies in the African continent seems a bit dated. The film feels that way at times and the various relationships don't really stand up to scrutiny either.
That said I would recommend this film, its merits far outstrip its faults.
The major highlight is Ralph Fiennes' performance which, only having seen him in Schindler's List and the English Patient, took me by surprise. There's none of the snotty froideur I would have expected, his performance is heartbreaking and gives Colin Firth a run for his money; if he asks me, I'll marry him.
Since the highly unlikely plot centres round her, the Rachel Weisz character stretches credulity but her acting can't be faulted and the supporting cast keep the film going through the increasing mire of implausibility.
I've been reading reviews of this as either a brilliant exposé of corporate corruption or nothing like it, I think the best thing is to forgive the film its plot because it picks up enough speed to overcome the problem.
If you're not into Africa (and I'm not) the cinematography demonstrates just why some people are and there is a well executed consideration of the issue of well meaning westerners swooping into African countries and leaving with a wee cutie.
Overall I think it's a bit of a Guardian reader's film but the love story element makes it very watchable for the rest of us. I should say, this is a real weepie, I needed a cup of tea afterwards.
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