The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Director: Fernando Meirelles Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston

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A man discovers a deadly secret when he tries to find out who killed the woman he loves in this suspense drama based on a novel by John Le Carré. Justin Quale (Ralph Fiennes) is a low-level British diplomat who has been given a new assignment in Kenya. Justin's wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is an activist with a keen interest in issues of poverty and social justice; Justin urges her to avoid getting too deeply involved in the people living in Kenya, who are constantly dogged by poverty, but she shows little interest in obeying these instructions. This isn't the only area where Tessa has disregarded her husband, who suspects that she may have had an affair - for she started spending time with a handsome doctor once they settled in Kenya. One day, Tessa disappears, and is found brutally murdered; officials believe that she was murdered by the doctor after some sort of argument. However, before long Justin becomes convinced that there was a larger scheme that led to Tessa's death, and he begins digging into areas where he's not especially welcome, given his reputation as a man willing to let the wealthy and powerful do as they will. The Constant Gardener was the first English-speaking feature from Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, who directed the international success City of God.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
UPC: 0025192629228
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 20,436

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Extended scene; Embracing Africa; Filming in Kenya; John Le Carré: from page to the screen; Anatomy of a global thriller: behind the scenes of the Constant Gardener

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Constant Gardener
1. Unfirtunate News (Main Titles) [5:04]
2. Aggressive Diplomacy [5:13]
3. Yes or No? [3:44]
4. New Discoveries [8:00]
5. Known By Reputation [4:18]
6. For Keeps [6:11]
7. Digging Deeper [4:10]
8. Vile Promise [5:18]
9. In African Soil [7:43]
10. A Small Cup of Tea [6:45]
11. Gentlemen's Club [8:47]
12. Tapping In [9:39]
13. Anonymous Traveler [10:24]
14. Betraying Tessa [1:14]
15. Kind Warning [5:40]
16. Disposable Drugs [5:28]
17. Survival [6:38]
18. Regrettable Deaths [7:15]
19. Coming Home [5:56]
20. End Titles [2:05]

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The Constant Gardener 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you feel like you've lost out on a corporate entity to hate now that big tobacco has been reigned in, look no further ~ big pharma rears it's ugly head in this well acted, well written film shot in Kenya. The beauty of the surroundings almost make you forget that evil is a foot. Rachel Weiss is magnificent as the rebellious human rights advocate/diplomat's wife, using literally *everything* she has to further her cause. While the story is fiction, like the novel on which it is based, the truth is not always so far away and it makes you question how much we value human lives in developing countries if they can be sacrificed to save lives in our own communities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very intelligent thriller that makes you think. Wonderful performances from Fiennes & Weisz and the cinematography is breathtaking Highly Recommended
J_Million More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. Both Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz do an amazing job. The plot draws you, making you feel emotionally involved with the characters and their plight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Constant Gardner is about as far from a mindless Hollywood movie that you can get. It has a logical, well drawn plot that is masterfully directed. The drama and action are inherent to the story - not just tacked on. If you like international thrillers, this film is one of the smartest movies you will ever come across.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all the hype this movie received in its television commercials, and considering its cast, this movie did not live up to its advance billing. Its message was too hard to figure out to be enjoyable. Don't waste your money like I did by buying it before you see it. Rent it first.
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