The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

DVD - 2005 | Widescreen ed
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In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Focus Features, ; Montreal : Distributed by Alliance Atlantis, c2005
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 CON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 02, 2020

It is an okay film, not a thriller by any means. A bit hard to follow at first as it moves around in time so you don't know what happened when. It is slow moving and not convincing. It could have been a very good story, with a lot of work. Pass on this.

Sep 12, 2019

Meirelles is such a wonderful director. There is an easy flow of images that are so expressive, and he uses Africa not as picturesque landscape (as in Out of Africa) but as a living presence. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz play so well together, you can almost believe they've been lovers for years. Danny Huston contributes a sour performance of a man who works both sides of the fence and it's destroyed his character. The rest of the cast give good support. A remarkable movie.

Feb 12, 2018

I got bored.

Oct 02, 2017

Just a little too weird for my taste.

A good but not great film. It could have been much better.

Dec 24, 2016

The first time I saw it, I thought the movie slow and boring and almost turned it off, but it picked up pace in the end. The second time I saw it, what I really saw was an intense love story. At first, the wife looked like she was just using Justin to get to Africa and fight the big pharmaceutical companies. However, as you watch Justin fill in the blanks in her story, you see things in a completely different light.

I liked the scenery at the end with the flamingos and curlews calling in the distance.

Jan 14, 2016

Old production. Not entertaining enough.

MissPiggy13 Oct 03, 2015

Amazing movie--and sad to see that 10 years after this movie was made Big Pharma is still ascendant and making money off of poor, sick people. Suspenseful, well-acted, and moving.

Sep 21, 2015

Overly long and politicized movie who's main message seems to be Africans good and Westerners bad. A simple minded movie where everything is black or white, good or bad with nothing in between or any shades of grey allowed. Skip this movie or just watch the last 20 minutes where the only action in the movie worth watching is anyway.

Green_Bird_203 May 17, 2014

I couldn't believe the bond between British diplomat Justin and his murdered wife Tessa was that strong. They were not made for each other to begin with. Tessa seems an immature, self-centered, self-righeous person. Too many charactors involved, and the storyline too complicated. Excellent performance by Ralph Fiennes.

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May 20, 2011

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Feb 14, 2018

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Feb 12, 2018

Sir Bernard Pellegrin: Do you no good to go poking around under rocks, Justin. Some very nasty things live under rocks, especially in foreign gardens.


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