The Constant Gardener

Theatrical Release: September 2, 2005
The Constant Gardener


In this romantic thriller based on the best-selling John le Carre novel, British graduate student Tessa (Rachel Weisz) challenges diplomat and academic Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) about foreign policies while he’s giving a speech. He’s intrigued by her outspoken political views and attracted by her bold spirit. She, in turn, is drawn to his introspective nature. The two quickly move from the academic arena to intimate romance. Their affair turns into a marriage when Tessa asks to accompany him to a remote part of Northern Kenya. The unlikely pair agrees not to mix their relationship and their politics, so Justin is in the dark as his activist wife investigates a drug company’s questionable testing practices on African patients. But when his wife and good friend are brutally killed, this reserved man searches for the true reason she was killed and begins to dig up what appears to be a sinister cover-up.

Dove Review

This was a disturbing film that portrayed how the helpless in the world can be taken advantage of by those with financial motives. Shot with flash backs, and visual memories, the plot was slightly hard to follow. Much of the film’s offensive content could have been removed without changing the plot or outcome. While the script seems to be fictional it would be easy for the viewer to mistake the fictional circumstances for real atrocities. Due to the disturbing language and violence, Dove cannot recommend this film.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman have sex shortly after they meet.
Language: F 16, C 6, b*tch 3, H 2, BS 3, A 1
Violence: Many disturbing scenes - Dead bodies mutilated in morgue, Man beaten, Woman killed, Man crucified, Shootings.
Drugs: Drug company experiments on African people.
Nudity: Upper female nudity, Full rear female nudity, natural African nudity.
Occult: none


Company: Focus Features
Writer: John Le Carré (novel), Jeffrey Caine (screenplay)
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 129 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe