The Constant Gardener
The Constant Gardener ★★★ 2005 (R)
Multi-faceted, multi-layered tale hits all the buttons of a great thriller: sex, love, murder, intrigue, exotic (if underprivi leged) locale, and international politics, all mixed with a topical bent ripped from to day's headlines. Justin (Fiennes) and Tes sa (Weisz) plunge headfirst from passion into marriage, hardly knowing a thing about each other. He's an official in the British government; she's an activist; to gether they end up in Kenya where she witnesses foul play by drug companies who use the locals as guinea pigs for drug testing. The film starts with Tessa's brutal murder, and we follow along with Justin as he uncovers the mysteries of her life and death. Adapted from the 2001 novel by John le Carre. 129m/C DVD . GB Ralph Fi ennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard McCabe, Donald (Don) Sumpter, Juliet Aubrey, Hubert Kounde, Ar chie Panjabi, Gerard McSorley; D: Fernando Mei relles; W: Jeffrey Caine; C: Cesar Charlone; M: Alberto Iglesias. Oscars '05: Support. Actress (Weisz); British Acad. '05: Film Editing; Golden Globes '06: Support. Actress (Weisz); Screen Ac tors Guild '05: Support. Actress (Weisz).