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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation, 12 May 2006
This review is from: The Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Which is not something you can say very often. There's no point in dwelling on the story here as it's been covered by other reviews, so I won't dwell upon it, other than to suggest this is one of the most important major releases for over a decade.

The direction is superb. Fluid, engaging, smooth, taken at the slow pace a Le Carre requires to work. So you do need to have a longer attention span than, say, 2 minutes. If this is a struggle, buy something else.

Cinematography is also of a very high standard, with some breathtakingly beautiful shots of the African landscape interspaced with harsher city environments.

The acting is uniformly superb. I cannot fault any of the performances, and question how anyone could justifiably do so. All the characters are believable, and work extremely well together, Fiennes and Weiss' domestic scenes in particular are effortless.

As far as the DVD goes, there are plenty of extras to look at, if that is of importance to you. Picture quality is first rate, the sound levels appropriate and well mixed.

Overall, an excellent and important drama, well worth the money.
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