WTM | Review for The Constant Gardener
"Justin's journey traces not only what Tessa was investigating; he's also playing detective about their relationship, [and] rediscovers and re-assesses his own. Speaking of Justin Quayle's character, one of the diplomats in the film his television personality in Quiz Show, his romantic English Patient The romantic theme, Justin's reticent relationship with Tessa, wary, withdrawn?. When Tessa is brutally murdered, Justin decides to investigate her death against It's the perfect relationship, but it works only because of two.
Those two people are so different yet they fall in love. Justin gives Tessa peace and makes her feel safe. Tessa gives Justin love and happiness. It's the perfect relationship, but it works only because of two wonderful actors in lead roles.
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Rachel Weisz won Academy Award for her astonishing performance. She deserved it — her Tessa is unforgettable, fascinating, ready to fight with everyone for just cause.
But if anyone here deserved Oscar is Ralph Fiennes. Here he plays the complete opposite of those sinister, dangerous, creepy people. His Justin is an example of completely noble person with pure and good heart. It's impossible not to feel for him or to be astonished by his bravery as he courageously tries to find out the truth about his wife's death.
It's such a powerful performance — usually when we see people almost too good to be true they are weak. But Justin's inner courage and strength of his love for Tessa allow him to do things most of us wouldn't be brave enough to do. We all know it's happening. The movie's ending, although it carries a ray of hope, is still one single spark in the darkness. The love story had a huge impact on me, I could not stop crying during the ending, but I imagine there are many people who were more moved and shocked by the situation in Africa shown in the movie.
The tender videos of Justin recording images of Tessa being pregnant with their child mix with shots of poverty and hopelessness. The linear aspects of the plot — and the non-linear treatment? Getting to know her after her death, her letters, her work, her protection of him, the video glimpses? His continued devotion to her, realising her love for him, falling in love with her after she died?
Giving himself in death to her? Quiet, withdrawn and unassuming type? Modest, loyal, courteous and large of heart? His work in Kenya?Engaged Couple Takes The Hardest Relationship Quiz
Knowing the language, the people? His relationship with Sandy? His friendship with Ghita? The memories of her pregnancy, the baby? His understanding his own identity better as he understood her?
The letters and Sandy? The truth about this in the emails to Ham? The young boy, the card, his learning about dypraxin? Following the further clues? The golf course, the confrontation with Sir Kenneth Curtiss? The staff in Nairobi, the spies, the standover men? The behaviour at the golf course? Ham, Ghita Meeting at the airport, the bonds between them because of Tessa?
Going through all the emails? Seeing himself on the streaming video on the computer? His going to Germany, the subterfuge, the false passport? The meeting with the activists? The information about the school, meeting the woman, her giving further information and names?
His being bashed in the hotel — and the warnings, that he would have the same fate as his wife?
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His getting back into Africa via Paris and the tourist group? Calling Sandy out of the meal?
Sandy and his confessions? Knowing the truth — especially about Tessa, her relationship with Arnold? Arnold and the work, his being homosexual and therefore being falsely accused of a relationship with Tessa? The truth about his being tortured and crucified?
The discussions amongst the staff, presided over by Sandy?
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They meet when Justin fills in lecturing for a colleague in the British High Commission. Tessa stands up, raises her voice, and bombards Justin with insinuating questions and comments on the government of Great Britain. She is truly impassioned with her opinions - enough that she continues to cause a scene while the crowd is filing out around her. Because of her obvious anger for Justin's line of work, it is remarkable that the next scene would be a love scene between them.
They say, "opposites attract", and so this is the case with Justin and Tessa. For their relationship to work, Justin must admire Tessa's passionate attitude and Tessa must admire Justin's sweet, unassuming disposition.
Whatever the case, the two have a very strong, immediate connection. When Justin has to go to Africa for his work, Tessa begs him to take her along - even if it means she has to accompany him as his wife. Surprisingly, Justin agrees to the marriage proposal.
Justin and Tessa's abnormal beginnings are just a precursor to a relationship full of unexpectedness and ambiguity. We learn that in Africa, the two had made a deal that Tessa's work was her own.