The Constant Gardener (2005)

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A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

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  • Ralph Fiennes (left) and Fernando Meirelles (right) on the set of THE CONSTANT GARDENER, a Focus Features release.
  • Ralph Fiennes stars in Fernando Meirelles' THE CONSTANT GARDENER , a Focus Features release.
  • Annie Parisse at an event for The Constant Gardener (2005)
  • Annie Parisse at an event for The Constant Gardener (2005)
  • Annie Parisse at an event for The Constant Gardener (2005)
  • Fernando Meirelles at an event for The Constant Gardener (2005)

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30 May 2007 | ma-cortes
| Intelligent drama plenty of suspense,intrigue ,moving and sensational performances
The film concerns about an obstinate and mild-mannered widow named Justin Quayle(Ralph Fiennes),the constant gardener,,he must discover the wife 's death named Tess(Rachel Weisz).She appeared in the lagoon Turkana(location of human being's origin) at a remote zone of Northern Kenya.Tessa'companion,an African medic named Blum,he has fled and is the prime suspect.Quayle helped by his friend Sandy Woodrow(Danny Huston), embarks in a dangerous journey which will take various countries risking his own life and confronting against nasties and powerful pharmacy company ruled by magnate named Pellegrin( Bill Nighy)in charge of delivering vaccine AID,HIV positive into African continent .Meanwhile he memorizes records with Tessa,their lovely relationship by means of continuous flashbacks.He investigates a powerful corporation called CEO, a conspiracy by strange British High Commission and the wrongfully practices and corrupts business of the billionaire pharmaceutical enterprises in third world.

The picture based on John Le Carre novel displays emotion,thriller,suspense and thought-provoking drama. Although sometimes is slow moving,however is developed with sensibility and intelligence but are narrated ethics,moral issues with great sense of ductility ,besides a sour politic critical about the unjust practices of pharmaceutical industry .The tale is supposedly to take place in Kenya ,instead of in South Africa where most part of the production is placed.Exceptional performances for all casting with special mention for two main actors: Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.She's actually pregnant in a nudism scenes.She won Oscar Academy Award for best acting by an actress in a supporting role.Fernando Mereilles won Alma Award by outstanding director of a motion picture.Evocative,sensible music for nominated Alberto Iglesias(Pedro Almodovar's usual musician) and appropriately cinematography by Cesar Charlone(Merielles' habitual cameraman).Direction by Fernando Mereilles(Oscar winner by City of God,an unflinching portrayal at the underbelly of Rio Janeiro)) is awesome and stylish .The flick will like to denounce-drama enthusiastic and Fiennes and Weisz fans.Rating: Above average.

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The Constant Gardener (2005) is the only ever filmed adaptation of a John le Carré novel to win an Academy Award. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) was the third John le Carré filmed adaptation to be nominated for Academy Awards where it was nominated for three Oscars. The first, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965), was nominated for two Oscars, whilst the second, The Constant Gardener (2005), was nominated for four Oscars, winning one statuette, for actress Rachel Weisz, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Moreover, The Constant Gardener (2005) is the filmed adaptation of a John le Carré novel that has been nominated for the most number of Oscars.


Justin Quayle: Oh, thank you Arnold. I... I can manage that. But I still don't see why you couldn't wait a couple of weeks. Why go all the way up to Loki?
Tessa Quayle: Well, we want to hear Grace Makanga speak, and she won't be coming to Nairobi.


After Crick beats Justin Quayle, Quayle is left with wound on his left cheek and the right side of his lower lip. In subsequent scenes in the same time frame, the wounds disappear, then re-appear.

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END CREDITS DISCLAIMER: Nobody in this story, and no outfit or corporation, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world. But I can tell you this; as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard. --John Le Carré


Written and Performed by
Ayub Ogada
Mixed by Ben Findlay
Published by Womad Music Ltd.
(p) 2005 Real World Records Ltd. / Virgin Records Ltd.
Ayub Ogada appears courtesy of Real World Records Ltd.


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