REEL FILM: THE CONSTANT GARDENER

Date Time
Sat 7th April 4.30pm

Dir: Fernando Meirelles | UK/Germany/USA/China | 2005 | 129 mins
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethewaite

Rachel Weisz won a well deserved Oscar for her role in Fernando Meirelles’ absorbing political thriller, based on John le Carré’s novel. Ralph Fiennes is Justin Quayle, a shy, obedient diplomat working in Kenya alongside his impassioned activist wife Tessa (Weisz) when she is murdered in an apparently random attack. Compelled by his intense grief and a lingering suspicion around the circumstances of her death, he pursues Tessa’s investigations into the local activities of major pharmaceutical companies. Quick and naturalistic, it’s a global, continent-crossing story but one which never loses sight of its moving central drama, aided immeasurably by Weisz and Fiennes’ tender chemistry.

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