The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Fernando Meirelles (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
City of God director Fernando Meirelles brings his distinctive visual style to this moving political thriller, based on the novel by John le Carré. Ralph Fiennes plays Justin Quayle, a Foreign Office diplomat in Kenya, whose activist wife Tessa (a compelling Rachel Weisz, winner of the film's only Oscar) is found murdered. The story is then played out in a series of flashbacks, as Justin - a normally passive man who puts more effort into nurturing his plants than his marriage - tries to understand his wife's motives and the events that led to her death. Justin's gardening works well as a powerful metaphor for the apathy of the rich West to the world's poor, as Meirelles examines life in some of Kenya's most impoverished communities. Drug company profiteering, conspiracy and murder are at the core of this film, but it's also a touching love story that will break your heart.


A British diplomat in Kenya takes charge of the investigation into the murder of his wife, who had published an article highly critical of the money-making collusion between the High Commission and a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Fernando Meirelles' political thriller, based on John le Carre's novel, with Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston and Bill Nighy.

Cast & Crew

Justin Quayle Ralph Fiennes
Tessa Quayle Rachel Weisz
Sandy Woodrow Danny Huston
Sir Bernard Pellegrin Bill Nighy
Lorbeer Pete Postlethwaite
Arthur Hammond Richard McCabe
Tim Donohue Donald Sumpter
Gloria Woodrow Juliet Aubrey
Arnold Bluhm Hubert Koundé
Ghita Pearson Archie Panjabi
Director Fernando Meirelles
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Nov 2005