The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Director Fernando Meirelles' follow up to City Of God, based on the best selling novel by John Le Carre. Stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz (in an Oscar winning performance). Shot in Germany, England and Kenya.

When an activist (Rachel Weisz), working in Kenya, is found murdered, her widower (Ralph Fiennes), struck with grief, dives head first into the mystery surrounding her death. "Like many Le Carre stories, it begins with grief and proceeds with sadness toward horror" (Chicago Sun-Times).

Best Supporting Actress (Weisz) winner at the Academy Awards 2006.
2005Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes129 minsUSA, UKEnglish, and in parts Swahili & German
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This late-August release comes in the nick of time to prove a point: Movies that give a damn do have a place in summer.

Director (1/2 Movies that give a damn do have a place in summer...

3.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

One of the years best films...

4.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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The film is far from faultless... But this is a powerful and affecting film, a thinking person's thriller...

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order. It may not engage as immediately as a Bourne, but it sticks with you longer...

4.0
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BBC

BBC

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Gripping and intelligent entertainment, The Constant Gardener is a dramatic thriller about a man who only grows to truly understand his wife after she's dead...

4.0
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A taste of perfection! With great performances by Rachel Weisz (especially!) and Ralph Fiennes who both breath life into this breathtaking thriller about a corrupt pharmaceutical company who are conducting illegal experimentation's on the people of a tribal village in Africa. A real gem to behold .

5.0
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It's a testament to Meireilles that the movie seems to slowly draw you in and hooks you as you along. It challenges the viewer to see the poverty and forces you to face your own complacency in the world - just like the film's main character. A powerful and moving story that I think will be an award favourite.

5.0
0

Emotionally empty, anti-capitalist hoo-ha about a looney marxist conspiracy theory that the western world is out to get the 3rd world. The truth is, thanks to modern medicine, devolped in the west, the average life span in Africa has more than doubled in the last 100 years. Boring B.S.

1.0
0

Conspiarcy theory inflicted on viewers though the emotion of inpoverished African country.
A not too bad story line, light on intrigue and heavy on jerky camera action that left me feeling seasick by the end. So distracting.

3.0
0

Not a 'chick flick' this one you need to take your brain with you. Thought provoking... I bet it really does happen... well it is pausible. I still dont get the title but maybe that is just me. Don't let the title put you off seeing this movie as I did orginally as i only saw it because Ralph Fiennes was in it.

4.0
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I always enjoy political epics, but such films tread a fine line between preaching and bringing a great story to life in an effectively emotional way. This film pulls it off for approximately five sixths of the film. The remaining one sixth prevents the film from reaching the heights it could have, but on the whole it takes you for a ripping ride through...

4.0
0

What a load of utter bollocks! Wimpy performances wrapped up in a ridiculous conspiracy. Some of the reviewers below, like Mike G, suggest we watch this film and give thanks every day. He's right. If it weren't for the pharm corps who are so badly delt to in this film, our life expectancy would be where it was at the turn of last century: 42.

1.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This late-August release comes in the nick of time to prove a point: Movies that give a damn do have a place in summer.

Director (1/2 Movies that give a damn do have a place in summer...

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

One of the years best films...

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The film is far from faultless... But this is a powerful and affecting film, a thinking person's thriller...

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order. It may not engage as immediately as a Bourne, but it sticks with you longer...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Gripping and intelligent entertainment, The Constant Gardener is a dramatic thriller about a man who only grows to truly understand his wife after she's dead...

4.0
0

A taste of perfection! With great performances by Rachel Weisz (especially!) and Ralph Fiennes who both breath life into this breathtaking thriller about a corrupt pharmaceutical company who are conducting illegal experimentation's on the people of a tribal village in Africa. A real gem to behold .

5.0
0

It's a testament to Meireilles that the movie seems to slowly draw you in and hooks you as you along. It challenges the viewer to see the poverty and forces you to face your own complacency in the world - just like the film's main character. A powerful and moving story that I think will be an award favourite.

5.0
0

Emotionally empty, anti-capitalist hoo-ha about a looney marxist conspiracy theory that the western world is out to get the 3rd world. The truth is, thanks to modern medicine, devolped in the west, the average life span in Africa has more than doubled in the last 100 years. Boring B.S.

1.0
0

Conspiarcy theory inflicted on viewers though the emotion of inpoverished African country.
A not too bad story line, light on intrigue and heavy on jerky camera action that left me feeling seasick by the end. So distracting.

3.0
0

Not a 'chick flick' this one you need to take your brain with you. Thought provoking... I bet it really does happen... well it is pausible. I still dont get the title but maybe that is just me. Don't let the title put you off seeing this movie as I did orginally as i only saw it because Ralph Fiennes was in it.

4.0
0

I always enjoy political epics, but such films tread a fine line between preaching and bringing a great story to life in an effectively emotional way. This film pulls it off for approximately five sixths of the film. The remaining one sixth prevents the film from reaching the heights it could have, but on the whole it takes you for a ripping ride through...

4.0
0

What a load of utter bollocks! Wimpy performances wrapped up in a ridiculous conspiracy. Some of the reviewers below, like Mike G, suggest we watch this film and give thanks every day. He's right. If it weren't for the pharm corps who are so badly delt to in this film, our life expectancy would be where it was at the turn of last century: 42.

1.0
0