All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
The Constant Gardener
Love. At any cost.
Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.
Rachel Weisz makes an even better couple with Voldemort than she did with Wolverine in ‘The Fountain’ and that’s saying something! No seriously, I love Weisz and she is again amazing in this, as is her partner. Both ensure their character with life and complexity to an extent that you rarely see in films of an all in all moderate length. ‘The Constant Gardener’ is as much of a study of these personas as it is a mystery slash thriller, but the story surely doesn’t suffer from the time and effort that is put into the development of these people. On the contrary, the plot is multifaceted, exciting and surprising. Most importantly, whereas many other similar sort of movies get trapped in plot holes, I was unable to identify one mistake or ambiguity in ‘The Constant Gardener’, it seems perfectly coherent and realistic too.
#4 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (2)
Going into this 477-page novel, I had never read a book by John Le Carré before. In fact, I've read very few spy novels or political thrillers, and I really have no context of comparison for this work.
The story opens at the British High Commission in Nairobi. Sandy Woodrow, Head of Chancery, has just received news of the death of a compatriot, an aid worker named Tessa, near Lake Turkana and the Richard Leaky archaeological site. All evidence seems to indicate murder, and Woodrow has the unenviable task of checking the details and breaking the news to her husband, Justin Quayle, First Secretary in the Chancery, as well as…
The Constant Gardener Review
"Do you no good to go poking around under rocks, Justin. Some very nasty things live under rocks, especially in foreign gardens." - Sir Bernard Pellegrin
The Constant Gardener takes it's name from the book it adapts and the fact that the main character is in the sense a "constant" gardener even though we only see him water plants and buy seeds. This film tries to mask itself as an intense revenger's tragedy with a spy thriller all throughout Kenya as a conspiracy about the lethal testing of drugs is tested on Africans. In reality if you focus on it, it's really just a melodramatic love story about a man who's trying to finish what his…
The Constant Gardener is a master work of suspense brought on by ways of love and deceit.
A political thriller that kept me guessing where it was headed through all the lies and just how cool headed Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) would react to the truths of his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz) and her life and work even when his suspicions were on the highest of levels.
Politics are the evil that rules the world and it is showcased in this brilliant film.
This is a forgotten gem of a film.
The color, style, camera movement and editing in this film is so full of energy and purpose.
Jumping around in time, we are shown the death of character before the buildup of her relationship. When the timeline circles back to the death again it doesn't come across like a replay - amazingly there is emotional weight to the outcome that is already known. Moving still ahead in time, voiceover of Tessa continue to build her character while haunting whatever is on screen with the burden of Justin's loss.
The use of saturated colors against scenes with grey tones is amazing at conveying location - but also emotional states. Justin returns to a…
Words cannot describe just how utterly PISSED off I am that I didn't see Ralph Fiennes mowing a lawn for 2 hours!!
DAMN YOU, trade descriptions act!!
Forget it, Ralph, it's Africa.
Facebook keeps telling me I've watched all these films 7 years ago but I can barely remember any of them. This one is a total blank
first rate spy thriller
This doesn't remind me of a movie, It reminds me of an album and that album is Paul Simons Graceland. Its has tinges and hints and lots of long shots of bustling African cities buts it's just another Le Carre political conspiracy thriller much as Graceland is ultimately just a pop album and not a meaningful contribution to world music. Between this, The Thin Red Line and Beasts of No Nation one gets the impression that little kids in other cultures just sing constantly?
Boring but all worth it for queen Rachel.
I want to hold Bill Nighy close.
BRAVE AND DISCOMFORTING
Thoughts on watching THE CONSTANT GARDENER (2005) directed by Fernando Meirelles. Based on a 2001 novel by John le Carré.
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, Donald Sumpter, Bill NIghy, Archie Panjabi, Pete Postlethwaite.
I believe the world is even worse than what is shown in this strong and DISCOMFORTING film. It is not really nice to know this.
Politicians, governments, big business are nasty.
I know of a well-developed western country where a former prime minister and minister of foreign affairs have been speculating in Russian gas, African oil and also been on recent peace missions in the Orient while at the time making millions on shares from the arms industry. I thought…
Reminds me a bit of The Adjustment Bureau in how the romance and the leads' chemistry are so much stronger than the story. In this case though, The Constant Gardener's story is more involving (if fraught with contrivances that stand out because of its aim for real-world resonance and realism). Its romance is also different; stronger and tinged with such haunting grief. Fiennes and Weiz wring every ounce of pain, uncertainty, and tenderness from their relationship, both in past and presence, so much that it's impossible not be at least a little moved on some level. That last scene will be lingering on my mind for a while.
Last night I was confronted with greed in the real estate world in the film 99 Homes. Tonight it was corporate greed in the pharmaceutical industry in this movie.
I can hardly even imagine it, but I long for a world in which all greed is erased and replaced with altruistic love. That would be heaven! In the mean time, I will be inspired with little pockets of resistance offered up by people like Justin and Tessa, who are willing to pay the price to oppose greed, at great personal cost.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(