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The Constant Gardener
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Directed By
Fernando Meirelles

Written By:
Jeffrey Caine

Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Pernilla August, Sidede Onyulo

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The Constant Gardener (2005)
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Movie Review by Steven
June 24th, 2006

Provocative and stunning with deep passion...

After I have seen this film, it made me wonder why there aren't many intelligent films like this. This is one of few times where I smile and think at the same time. A film's meaning is to either entertain, educate or inform (same as the BBC's mission statement). This film has all three with excellent outcomes. It is very gripping that it moved me having better influences.

Based on a novel, the story may be fiction but the images were coherently delivered to bring the reality of poverty in Africa and bought much more insight than many current affair programmes (CAP) that I have seen. Normally, people rely on the news or CAP to observe the society as it is today. The trouble is that there are too much code of conduct that the journalist have to follow and certain scenes are edited to satisfy the audience. Hegemony overlooks perception which naturally results in discrimination and mislead judgement. Many journalist inform but hardly reflect. This film reflects. Everything in this film surpasses even documentaries by wonderful art direction, superb editing, excellent narration and more educational than any news items or CAP.

Performances from Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz were stunning and very credible. I have seen these two actors in past films and there was never a moment where I thought they were lacking. The unconditional talent of emotions and talent made a large contribution to support this film that I literally forgot they were actors and were in fact real activists who fought against injustice. It clearly made a clear difference what true actor really is and the occupation is not just taken for granted (which are fame and fortune). The screenplay is well-written with memorable quotes eventually pointing out the public and social themes. Moreover, the direction was indescribable. With the touch of supporting actors and a symphony of Kenyan citizens, all people are story tellers whom are capable of changing the world. Just like the German film "Head-On", if that is not possible change your (oneself) world and it managed to achieve successfully.

The Constant Gardener is more than a film or an intellegent thriller. It is a thoughtful and provocative story which has values and meanings far better than the politians could ever build. Itself is like a strong speech hoping for miracles and improvements. The actors, crew and the words are true heroes which deserves a title of "People of the Year". It would be very offensive if it is described as a mainstream film. This is truly an independent film which goes beyond the boundaries and expresses their true anger as if they knew they have freedom. Plus, it made me feel more confident about myself by showing me a door of opportunity representing hope. This is the best film that I have watched, ever. I cannot find any flaws. It is stunning with passion and understanding. It is highly recommended as it shows what cinema is really about.

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