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The Constant Gardener [2005 film] (2005)

by Fernando Meirelles (Director), Jeffrey Caine (Screenplay), César Charlone (Cinematography)

Other authors: Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, John Le Carre (Original novel), Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz

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One of the best books I've ever read. ( )
  danojacks | Jan 5, 2017 |
John Le Carre is known for his intense character development, notably cynical, ironic portrayals of those in Britain's intelligence community. Character development is certainly evident in this work, and Le Carre manages this as well as he does in any of his other books. Yet this novel differs in one important aspect. Rather than taking a cold detached stance, Le Carre gets deeply personal. In fact one can feel the anger he himself felt while typing away at the manuscript. For that reason alone, I feel that this is one of his best.

The story is about Justin Quayle, a mid-range bureaucrat in the British foreign service whose young wife Tessa is heavily involved in relief work. Tessa is horribly murdered and the respected African doctor she was traveling with disappears. Bits of information fall into Justin's lap about a so-called wonder drug for TB, and Tessa's research into its ultimate side effect - death. The practices of pharmaceutical companies in the Third World, the business of humanitarian aid, and roles governments play in regards to both are probed by interesting characters.

The Constant Gardener is at its heart a whodunit and a love story. It is also a moving study of personal transformation. As Justin seeks answers to his wife's murder, he metamorphoses from a bland, indifferent bureaucrat into an impassioned and valiant crusader.

On a personal level, I found it interesting that the story has the same villain, Big Pharma, as in my own novel [b:Journey Towards a Falling Sun|21956215|Journey Towards a Falling Sun|N. Lombardi Jr.|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1398080584s/21956215.jpg|41263855]. I wrote that book back in 1985,(although it was published this year, 2014). Le Carre wrote The Constant Gardener in 2000, which means we both derived that theme independently, giving support to the notion of Africa's vulnerability to the unscrupulous practices of the drug industry. With the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, it certainly makes one wonder. ( )
  BBcummings | Dec 23, 2014 |
I liked this movie a lot for it's political statement and the fact that it was filmed on location in Kibera, a large slum area in Nairobi, and used locals for some of the walk-ons. ( )
  lnlamb | Sep 30, 2006 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Meirelles, FernandoDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caine, JeffreyScreenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Charlone, CésarCinematographymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fiennes, Ralphsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huston, Dannysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Carre, JohnOriginal novelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nighy, Billsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weisz, Rachelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.… (more)

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