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.
This is a forgotten gem. It's a great film in every aspect, from the excellent camerawork, to a terrific performance from Ralph Fiennes, to an exciting and intriguing plot. The Constant Gardener is an overlooked, excellent thriller.
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!!
I think a movie about a man gardening constantly would have been more entertaining.
Ralph Fiennes is so underrated. He never gets the praise he deserves. He's got his whole heart in this performance. So good.
Beautifully shot and well-acted, but too bleak for its own good. Between focusing on this and creating an idealized, angelic figure in Weisz's character, the film never seems to know where it wants to go, what it wants to be.
Well that movie felt like it was 4 hours long. Let me get something out of the way first. The acing was great, but everything else was a little rough. The film starts off well enough, but then we are pushed back into the main character's past without warning. This is the most boring part of the movie since its so slow.
Now I realize this movie was nominated for some awards, but I don't see why. "Save Africa" is constantly shoved down your throat throughout the entire movie and its very irritating. A message should be subtle in a movie and not the main plot. This would've been better off as a documentary.
Now if you're a save the…
They are trying, trying, trying... It's not enough.
This was an enjoyable film to watch, however I felt that the build up and explanation of their relationship at the beginning was far too log and could have been cut down. I'm starting to get annoyed at how long films are at the moment.. There is a lot in most that just aren't necessary.
But alas, a nice film to watch. Nothing amazing, but nice.
Maybe a little too dense, but a bleak, thought-provoking thriller from the great pragmatic filmmaker Fernando Meirelles. On the movie poster on this fine site, it's implied that Ralph Fiennes actually uses his gun, which simply isn't true. The Constant Gardner is deeply invested in how governments indirectly fail the nations they attempt to protect, via capitalistic greed. How do we also fail to help others through a lack of action, an attentiveness to "constant gardening"? All of this set against the backdrop of a boundlessly believable love story.
To see guns drawn would defeat the purpose of what Meirelles was trying to say, but the marketing, it seems, was misleading. Fiennes is exceptional, as always.
The constant cliché.
Too bad, because when Mereiles is just shooting hand-held footage in african slums, it really works.
This one is an allegory of why Africa is in a perpetual state of suck. There's a love story mixed in there somewhere that's not too shabby, either. I can't believe it took me so long to get this off my watch list.