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"The Constant Gardener"

by Michael Handorf
handorf@comcast.net

Rachel Weisz. Ralph Fiennes. Drama.

Synopsis: The wife of a British diplomat stationed in Kenya is brutally murdered.

Review: This was a really powerful film, perhaps one of the year’s ten best.
Justin Quayle (Fiennes) is a less than ambitious British diplomat serving in Kenya. He has a satisfying marriage with his wife Tessa (Weisz), an activist/attorney, but she is so much his opposite that he has begun to question her fidelity.

When her body is found in a remote area of Northern Kenya, his suspicions grow even deeper. This once reserved diplomat (who seems to have been more content to tend to his garden than his wife) begins a journey for which he is ill-prepared.

He soon learns that the projects with which his wife was involved concerning the documentation of the activities of multi-national pharmaceutical companies struck more closely to home than he could have imagined.

His colleagues at the British High Commission encourage him to leave the investigation to them, but he refuses to comply with their suggestions. Soon, Justin learns more about his wife after her death than he did while she was alive, which pains him further.

The acting is superb – Weisz, Fiennes, Danny Huston and Bill Nighy are all excellent.

This film is being marketed as a mystery-based espionage film, but it feels more like a love story on many levels.

The film is a bit difficult to navigate for just a moment in the early going, due to the fragmented timeline of events that occur in non-chronological order, but once you’ve realized what has transpired, it comes into focus immediately.

This is probably the best movie in theatres right now.

OVERALL GRADE: B+

 

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