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The Constant Gardener

Rated R for language, some violent images and sexual content/nudity..

R In Theaters 08/31/2005 , 128min.
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Plot & Details

A man discovers a deadly secret when he tries to find out who killed the woman he loves in this suspense drama based on a novel by John Le Carré. Justin Quale (Ralph Fiennes) is a low-level British diplomat who has been given a new assignment in Kenya. Justin's wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is an activist with a keen interest in issues of poverty and social justice; Justin urges her to avoid getting too deeply involved in the people living in Kenya, who are constantly dogged by poverty, but she shows little interest in obeying these instructions. This isn't the only area where Tessa has disregarded her husband, who suspects that she may have had an affair - for she started spending time with a handsome doctor once they settled in Kenya. One day, Tessa disappears, and is found brutally murdered; officials believe that she was murdered by the doctor after some sort of argument. However, before long Justin becomes convinced that there was a larger scheme that led to Tessa's death, and he begins digging into areas where he's not especially welcome, given his reputation as a man willing to let the wealthy and powerful do as they will. The Constant Gardener was the first English-speaking feature from Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, who directed the international success City of God.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Claire Simpson Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz Won
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Alberto Iglesias Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Jeffrey Caine Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Rachel Weisz Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Joakim Sundström Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Jeffrey Caine Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Claire Simpson Won
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Rachel Weisz Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography César Charlone Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Fernando Meirelles Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Music Alberto Iglesias Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Stuart Wilson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Rachel Weisz Won
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Fernando Meirelles Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Cora Witherspoon Nominated

American Cinema Editors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama Claire Simpson Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film Mark Tildesley Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Rachel Weisz Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Joakim Sundström Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Jeffrey Caine Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Claire Simpson Won
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Rachel Weisz Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography César Charlone Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Fernando Meirelles Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film Music Alberto Iglesias Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Stuart Wilson Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz Nominated

Iowa Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Iowa Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz Nominated

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