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The Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005]


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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7QLLO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,637 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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 5 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By BookSnob on 11 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Liffen on 18 Mar 2006
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Unusual title for my review of this blockbuster I know, but watching the film is certainly a big experience. By now you will have the gist of this intense thriller, corporate wrong doing, who's stitching who, and amazement at the relentlessness of the main characters to put wrong right etc.
The film most certainly is a treat to the eye with vivid photography and great acting by all. Rachel Weisz won an oscar for her role as the campaigning and eventaully murdered wife and I'm surprised that Ralph Fiennes didnt also as his acting is equally as good. Lots and lots of different elements in the film, lost love, betrayel, violence and murder.
Filiming was undertaken in London, Germany and Kenya with the african scenes being breath taking. Music good too especially if you are fortunate enough to own stereo/ surround sound.
A good selection of extras on the DVD seals the deal for me. Enjoy the film.
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