A Weekly Educated Movie Recommendation by Shaun Smith

I decided to go a little unconventional for this week’s pick in an attempt to find a movie that I’m pretty sure most people haven’t seen before.

The Constant Gardener is a dramatic thriller that was released in a small number of theaters back in 2005 to high critical acclaim.

The film is based off the 2001 John le Carre novel by the same name (another le Carre adaptation can be seen in last year’s spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, highly recommended by me).

As with most of le Carre’s novels, The Constant Gardener is filled with mystery, cover-ups, and intrigue.

The film is directed by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, not a household name by any stretch but his previous work may sound familiar.

Meirelles also directed the highly acclaimed City of God and the experimental thriller Blindness, definitely an artsy-type director.

The Constant Gardener stars Ralph Fiennes as a British diplomat who falls in love with an activist played by Rachel Weisz.

Since it is revealed early in the film, I don’t consider the following story point a spoiler in any way. Hell, it’s the basis of the movie.

Weisz’s character is murdered in what appears to be a government/corporate cover-up and Fiennes is in search for answers for his wife’s death.

A majority of Weisz is seen through flashbacks in a haunting manner. Fiennes decides to embark on a personal odyssey across three different countries in order to find the truth.

As with any le Carre story, not everyone is who they seem to be, including Weisz’s character.

With all the twists and turns throughout the story, it’s at times hard to grasp between what is being hidden from Fiennes and how the audience follows each broken path towards the truth.

The film ends with the unforgettable truth and a not so happy conclusion to the story.

Most people completely forget that Rachel Weisz actually won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Constant Gardener (Talk about benefiting from a weak field).

Now I know what you’re all thinking, why in the hell is the movie called The Constant Gardener?

Well, there’s very little greenery in the film. Most of the locations are in deserted and poverty-stricken areas but here’s the answer…..

Fiennes’ character enjoys working sometimes in his garden. Yes, that’s the answer.

Still, I highly recommend this film and hopefully the mystery within the story keeps you on the edge of your seat.

  1. greenmachinegamer says:

    Reblogged this on Gameternity.

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