Constant Gardener (Blu-ray)

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Specifications

Studio Universal Can/zoom
SKU 221749223
UPC 065935824121
UPC 14 00065935824121
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/18/2011
Keywords
British
Conspiracy Theories
London, England
Politics
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, whose previous film, CITY OF GOD, won awards all over the world--and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Oscars--has crafted another highly entertaining yet important film. Beautifully shot in Kenya, Germany, Sudan, Manitoba, and London, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, based on a bestselling novel by John Le Carré, is an exciting mix of romance and spy thriller. Ralph Fiennes stars as Justin Quayle, a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is killed, he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy. Jeffrey Caine's powerful screenplay alternates between flashbacks of Justin and Tessa's relationship and Justin's hunt for the truth, which makes him a target--although he doesn't know who is after him. Fine support is offered by Danny Huston as his close friend and confidant, Sandy; Bill Nighy as shady British official Sir Bernard Pellegrin; and Hubert Koundé as Arnold Bluhm, an African doctor who might have been a little too friendly with Tessa. Meirelles's pacing is outstanding, switching effortlessly between political intrigue, action adventure, and love story. And Fiennes and Weisz give strong performances playing complex characters that will continually surprise the audience. THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a thrilling tale from start to finish.
Reviews
Movieline's Hollywood Life "THE CONSTANT GARDENER, a thriller with something on its mind, confirms the talents of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles..." 07/01/2005 p.99-100
Premiere "[T]he ever-extraordinary Fiennes is the most quietly outstanding of the lot, miraculously showing us how his character literally ages with grief." 09/01/2005 p.55,"Movies that try to juggle a message of political or social significance with a love story often can't manage either, so the makers of this thriller deserve extra plaudits for their tender and intelligent handling of both." 03/01/2006 p.111
Entertainment Weekly "[Meirelles] brightens the author's wide, dark field with rich color....The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters..." 09/02/2005 p.58
Rolling Stone "Meirelles emerges with one of the year's best and most provocative movies. Long after it's over, you still feel its sting." 08/25/2005 p.112
New York Times "[U]nusually satisfying....Mr. Meirelle's film actually bothers to say something about global politics....This is a supremely well-executed piece of popular entertainment that is likely to linger in your mind and may even trouble your conscience." 08/31/2005 p.E1-E7
USA Today "THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a masterwork of suspense, romance and political intrigue. It is a taut and gripping thriller that dazzles the eyes and engages the brain in a way that few recent films have come close to approaching." 07/08/2005 p.6E
Sight and Sound "THE CONSTANT GARDENER is as much an incisive post-mortem of a relationship as it is a politically charged procedural." 10/01/2005 p.50-51
Uncut Ranked #17 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "[T]his is an engrossing, intelligent film." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Directors
Fernando Meirelles
Actors
Ralph Fiennes
Rachel Weisz
Cast & Crew
Anneke Kim Sarnau - Star
Ralph Fiennes - Star
Rachel Weisz - Star
Pete Postlethwaite - Star
Nick Reding - Star
Donald Apiyo - Star
Bill Nighy - Star
Danny Huston - Star
Daniele Harford - Star
Hubert Kounde - Star
Jeffrey Caine - Screenwriter
Julia Blackman - Executive Producer
Donald K. Ranvaud - Executive Producer
Robert Jones - Executive Producer
John Le Carré - Source Writer
Tracey Seaward - Executive Producer
Jeff Abberley - Executive Producer
Simon Channing Williams - Producer
Alberto Iglesias - Composer
César Charlone - Director of Photography
Gail Egan - Executive Producer
Fernando Meirelles - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
UPC 00065935824121
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Rachel Weisz
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2005
Award Giver Academy Awards
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