Sunday, September 4, 2005

The Constant Gardener

Constant Gardener Poster Image Here's an A+ film based on an A+ novel by John le Carr.  John le Carr is one of my most favorite authors.  The Constant Gardener is one of the more current ones about a British diplomat married to a woman who is an outspoken champion of victimized people.  In this case the victims are Africans who are used as test subjects in a drug trial.  The drug isn't perfected yet, so some people die and she tries to expose the corporations who are hell bent on falsifying the drug test report so they can be the first to go to market with a TB wonder drug.  It's a sad commentary on corporate greed, and governments who support them.  It's also a love story.  People want to make the diplomat, played by Ralph Fiennes, believe his wife, played by Rachel Weisz, was having affairs with other men.  By the end of the movie we all know for sure that it was true love.

The acting is superb and several reviewers are saying this is one of the best movies of the year, including the NY Times.

Either way you do it (read the book or see the movie), this is a great story.

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