The Constant Gardener


(out of 5)

 is excellent as a placid British diplomat living in Kenya and grieving over the accidental death of his beautiful wife (). Knowing that her political motivations towards helping people in oppressed countries never made her popular among the money set, Fiennes starts to investigate clues he finds among his wife’s personal effects and discovers the trail of a conspiracy and the possibility that her death wasn’t an accident after all. Director Fernando Meirelles has a wealth of story information to impart to his audience here, and does a fantastic job of keeping the story moving at a steady clip and keeping the viewer up to date the whole time. The cinematography by Oscar nominee Cesar Charlone is superb, one of the most beautiful movies of the year, while the natural performances and riveting pace add to an experience that is a cut above your typical Hollywood thriller. By the time the story gets into full swing and the characters are deep in the shit of international greed and bureaucratic horror, you’ll be completely mesmerized.

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United Kingdom/Germany, 2005

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Venice 2005

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Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rachel Weisz as “Tessa Quayle”)

Best Film Editing (Claire Simpson)
Best Music (Original Score) (Alberto Iglesias)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Jeffrey Caine)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Rachel Weisz)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Fernando Meirelles)

Screen Actors Guild Award
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Rachel Weisz)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

British Academy Award
Best Editing

Best Film
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Ralph Fiennes)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Rachel Weisz)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
David Lean Award for Direction (Fernando Meirelles)
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

European Film Award Nomination
Screen International Award

Goya Award Nomination
Best European Film

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz)



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