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The Constant Gardener

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United Kingdom, Germany, United States · 2005
Rated R · 2h 9m
Director Fernando Meirelles
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller

After being assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle relocates to Kenya with his social activist wife, Tessa. When Tessa is murdered, Justin sets out to uncover the truth, thrusting himself headfirst into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.

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The film is able to be a thriller, a political statement and a haunting romance all at once.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Think about it a day later, though, and its hectic swoop from romance to thriller to campaign manifesto leaves oddly little afterglow. The gardener is the only constant here; so much else burns up and blows away.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

A smart, beautiful piece of storytelling, attentive to Le Carré's broad intent, while boldly taking a knife to his more egregious longueurs.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

With almost palpable anger, Meirelles hammers home the point that crushing poverty is only one problem for Africa that the West needs to do something about.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

His (Fernando Meirelles) impressionistic, guerilla style of filmmaking works surprisingly well in capturing the hypnotic urgency of le Carre's fiction. And his viewpoint is less British and more Third World.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters, but not at the expense of a kind of awful, sensual revelry as le Carré's capacious plot hurtles to its big finish.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Jeffrey Caine put a human face on John le Carre's novel of sex, lies and dirty politics in modern Africa. Prepare for a thrilling ride.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

Succeeds in capturing the book's essential themes and concerns, albeit in a hectic style that could not be more antithetical to that of the literary master of international intrigue.

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