The Constant Gardener (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/Germany, 2005.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by . Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Ralph Fiennes is excellent as a placid British diplomat living in Kenya and grieving over the accidental death of his beautiful wife (Rachel Weisz). 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.

Academy Award:  Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz)
Nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score

European Film Award NominationScreen International Award

Golden Globe Award:  Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz)
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Director (Fernando Meirelles)

Screen Actors Guild Award:  Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz)

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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