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The Constant Gardener (2005)

Coming Out at 31 August 2005 in theaters.

Drama, Mystery, Romance

The Constant Gardener is drama thriller film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The screenplay by Jeffrey Caine is based on John le Carré’s novel of the same name (2001). The story follows Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a British diplomat in Kenya, as he tries to solve the murder of his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an Amnesty activist, alternating with many flashbacks telling the story of their love.

The film was filmed on location in Loiyangalani and the slums of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya. Circumstances in the area affected the cast and crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trust in order to provide basic education for these villages. The plot was vaguely based on a real-life case in Kano, Nigeria. The DVD versions were released in the United States on 1 January 2006 and in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2006. Justin’s gentle but diligent attention to his plants is a recurring background theme, from which image the film’s title is derived. Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite and Donald Sumpter co-star. The film was a critical and box office success and earned four Oscar nominations, winning Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

Justin Quayle, a low-level British diplomat and horticultural hobbyist posted in Kenya, learns that his wife Tessa was found dead in the veld. Tessa has been murdered at a crossroads along with her Kenyan driver. Her colleague, Dr. Arnold Bluhm, initially suspected of her murder, is then found to have been murdered on the same day as Tessa. Various rumours abound that the two were having an affair; it is later revealed that Bluhm was gay.

Director: Fernando Meirelles

Writers: Jeffrey Caine, John le Carré (novel)

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé, Bill Nighy, Donald Sumpter


Ralph FiennesJustin Quayle
Rachel WeiszTessa Quayle
Hubert KoundéDr. Arnold Bluhm
Danny HustonSandy Woodrow
Daniele HarfordMiriam
Packson NgugiOfficer in Morgue
Damaris Itenyo AgweyuJomo’s Wife
Bernard Otieno OduorJomo
Bill NighySir Bernard Pellegrin
Keith PearsonPorter Coleridge
John Sibi-OkumuDr. Joshua Ngaba
Donald SumpterTim Donohue
Archie PanjabiGhita Pearson
Nick RedingCrick
Gerard McSorleySir Kenneth Curtiss
Juliet AubreyGloria Woodrow
Jacqueline MaribeWanza Kiluhu
Donald ApiyoKioko
Pete PostlethwaiteLorbeer
Samuel OtageMustafa
Anneke Kim SarnauBirgit
Mumbi KaigwaGrace Makanga
John MollerAthletic Unshaven Man
Andre LeenheerShaven Headed Man
Lydia M. ManyasiKenyan Newsreader
Steenie Njoroge1st Journalist
Stuart Wheeler2nd Journalist
Chris PayneMike Mildren
Nyajima JialEsmerelda
Brigid M. KakenyiHospital Administrator
Katherine DamarisNurse
Christopher OkindaDoctor
Ainea OjiamboPolice Driver
Peter King NziokiPoliceman 1
Ng’ang’a KirumburuPoliceman 2
Ben ParkerDet. Inspector Deasey
John KeoghImmigration Official
Jeffrey CaineClub Servant
Richard McCabeArthur Hammond
Rupert SimonianGuido Hammond
Teresa HarderBirgit’s Secretary
Thomas ChemnitzUniformed Policeman
Joe Christopher RhodeKarl
Edgar Nicholas RhodeKarl
Eva PlacknerCrossing Guard
Claire SimpsonMaude Donohue
Sidede OnyuloJonah Andika
Chris Lightburn-JonesAid Worker
Ann AchanAduk
Dang Wuor DiewSudanese Man
Ben GardinerHarry Woodrow
The Kizingo Arts TroupePerformer: ‘Huruma’ – Aids Play
Lucy AchiengMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Elizabeth KaranjaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Elzabeth KaranjaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Sele MzamilMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Suleiman BakariMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Juma MusaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Jane ObadaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Florence ChambaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Triza MusimbiMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Benson ObivaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Ibrahim ChitayaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Eric MutuaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Leonard OngayaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Abdallah JumaMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Anne MwikaliMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
James OsooMember of The Kizingo Arts Troupe
Denis SchneggDoctor

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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