The Constant Gardener details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Daniele Harford, Hubert Kounde, Pete Postlethwaite, Nick Reding, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Donald Apiyo|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
The Constant Gardener
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
From Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener is a tragic love story starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.
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Gripping tragic love story hidden behind a propaganda thrillerBy wreeve (60 reviews) from London NW3 , 26 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I didn't know what to expect but this movie hit lots of my favourite buttons. Fiennes and Weisz are outstanding, and are supported by Bill Nye (always excellent - here the exact opposite of his Love Actually role), Pete Postlethwaite, and other familiar faces.
The ostensible plot revolves around nasty capitalist pharma companies killing innocent Africans, in cahoots with the naughty British government. Amidst many beautiful settings (in London and in Africa), there is the occasional overwraught scene by the famous Brazilian director. There are marriages, mistresses and MI6 - complete with references to Bond.
But despite the minor gripes, overall the story is compelling, the (white, British) characters charismatic, and your initial ebb and ultimate flow are completely controlled thru-out in a master performance. One to watch for 2006 Ocars.
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Thrilling tale of intrigue - well worth the high opinions expressedBy HugoM (13 reviews) , 03 May 2011Deserves the good publicity.
Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) is a fish out of water - a quiet and withdrawn low-level diplomat sent to Africa because he won't rock the boat.
Somehow he marries a vivacious and passionate woman and she arrives in Africa determined to right wrongs, at the same time determined to keep him safe.
As the synopsis says, she is murdered and he breaks all the rules (including breaking out of his own personality) to find out why she was killed, and uncovers greed and complicity throughout. Without giving away the plot, this film is so realistic that the Kenyan government banned it for a while because it was too close to reality!
Outstanding cinematographyBy cubist (7 reviews) from Bristol , 02 May 2011Beautiful, sometimes bleak imagery supports the narrative. The two leads are on top of their game. A gripping and challenging storyline. The complexity of Fiennes' character is fascinating.
Don't be put off by the titleBy tallan (60 reviews) from Hampton, England , 16 Mar 2011This is a much tenser and absorbing film than the author and title suggest. Great acting too. Worth every second of viewing.
Superb thrilling drama!By intheboxoffice (5 reviews) from Barnet , 23 Feb 2011as John Le Carre wrote in his book by the same title 'by comparison with the reality, my story is as tame as a holiday postcard'
This film is a real eye opener, shot on location in Kenya its very true to the book and provides a tense, thrilling & emotional journey...
The film starts with Justin (Ralf Fiennes) finding out that his wife (Rachel Weisz) has been killed, slowly Justin begins to unravel the mystery surrounding his wife's death which upsets a number of high ranking people...
Ralf Fiennes leads an excellent British cast including Bill Nighy and the late Pete Postlethwaite.
So breath taking stunningBy a customer from Watford , 05 Feb 2011This film was recommended to us, so again was not sure what to expect. Well Ralph and Rachel what excellent casting and such powerful actors. Such a wonderful story line intertwined with greed and power.
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