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The Constant Gardener

11 Ratings: 3.0
A movie directed by Fernando Meirelles

Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, whose previous film, CITY OF GOD, won awards all over the world--and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Oscars--has crafted another highly entertaining yet important film. Beautifully shot … see full wiki

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 31, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
8 reviews about The Constant Gardener
review by . June 28, 2009
I will admit that I wasn't sure if I really liked this movie until a couple of hours after watching it. It's pretty deep - "The Constant Gardener" is a play on words it took me a while to "get". It moves very slowly and is dark and humorless, for the most part.    But, I did end up liking it. Very sad, very timely and will make you think. The book never interested me, I may pick it up one day... who knows... but the story was told well and the actors did a really great job. It's …
review by . March 18, 2009
The Constant Gardener
    Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) is an English biologist, based in Africa, who meets the volatile Tessa (Rachel Weiss) while substituting for a lecturer in London, intrigued when she asks a question from the audience indicting the British government's involvement in Iraq. Equally intrigued, Tessa follows Justin to Africa, where they are married, although the newlywed husband harbors some distrust for Arnold, the African doctor with whom Tessa works. Justin allows himself to …
review by . February 02, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Rachel Weisz is pretty.      Cons: The constant is boredom mixed with confusion, what kind of orchid does that make?      The Bottom Line: How about this: don't bother.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I’m no longer sure why I put The Constant Gardener on my list of films to see.  Would that I had not.  I didn’t hate it--to hate something is to be definite …
review by . May 05, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
I think it is easy to get the wrong idea about this film. It is about so much, and much of it is uncomfortable to watch in many ways. If you focus on what might be considered the 'biggest' aspect of the story, you might just miss what is really important about it.    Part of what makes 'The Constant Gardener' hard to watch is that it is so well done. Shot and edited in a gritty, almost documentary style, I felt like I was watching something that was, in ways, more intimate and …
review by . June 23, 2006
After watching this on disc I see that "The Constant Gardener" seeks to juggle three film styles--the romance, the thriller, and provocative social realism. On all three levels, the film succeeds, especially with the latter. Slow tension building thriller that is charge even more with the great performances of Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, who both bring an essence of realism to their roles and a sense of chemistry that hasn't been found in movies like this for quite some time. Rachel Weisz brings …
review by . May 14, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Justin (Ralph Fiennes) is a British diplomat to Kenya. He has all the manners and foibles of an official man who knows protocol well. He is challenged one day when he meets a beautiful and feisty activist named Tess (Rachel Weisz) when he is a substitute lecturer making the rounds. She challenges him with such pointed and angry questions about British policy that the audience gets up in clusters to leave. Keeping his composure and his diplomatic skills, he speaks calmly enough to disarm her. From …
review by . March 08, 2006
I must agree with the last reviewer this movie does lead you to believe a lot of things. For one because Ralph Fiennes is holding a gun on the front of the DVD you would think he uses it. Ralph doesn't even get the gun until the last thirty minutes and it stays in his pocket the entire time. They put all of the good-looking scenes on the cover but they don't let you know that you'll be spending your entire day trying to finish this film. The movie is worth seeing at least once but I doubt if you'll …
review by . January 12, 2006
John le CarrĂ©'s novel THE CONSTANT GARDENER is one of his finer suspense/spy/thriller stories and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine kept the story and the technique of telling it intact in this successful film. Director Fernando Meirelles was an excellent choice for director, bringing a fresh new look to Hollywood actions movies, a look that involves camera work, atmosphere, mirrors to society, and use of actors and vistas of Africa to drive the message behind this story home.    Proper …
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