In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa’s widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife’s infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth – a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
This movie is based on the best-selling novel of John Le Carré and is directed by Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of "City of God." The storyline is compelling and powerful, which strikes at the sensitive issue of capitalism exploiting over the third-world countries, especially in Africa. The director did a great job in putting the words into a motion picture on the screen. The landscape of the black continent is brilliantly and beautifully shot in the film while the hectic African city is shown with fast-moving and sharp-color shots, in the same way as "City of God." Ralph Fiennes delivered a fine performance as Justin Quayle, a self-acclaimed constant gardener, thus the name of the movie. Another notable performance came from actress Rachel Weisz in the role of Tessa Quayle. It’s no surprise why she won the 2006 Oscar in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Her character in the movie literally shone on the screen.
5 Stars out of 5, highly recommend to drama/thriller movie fan.