I watched "The Constant Gardner" last night after having read the book, and while I liked the book and thought it was a good, interesting thriller, I loved the movie. Ralph Fiennes is Justin Quayle, a British diplomat stationed in Nairobi, a shy, diffident, good hearted man. When his young wife Tessa, portrayed by Rachel Weisz, is found brutally murdered in a remote lake in Kenya, Quayle embarks on a journey to find out his wife's killers. The movie is directed by brasilian director Fernando Meirelles (City of God).
I originally wanted to see this movie because of the subject matter (I'm very interested in Africa and Thirld World country issues) and because I heard that it had been nominated for several awards, and while I can see why Rachel Weisz won an Oscar for this film, it's Ralph Fiennes performance that made this movie memorable for me. In the end, the movie became not so much about the plight of Africa or the way Big Business takes advantage of poverty and misery, but about the journey of a man who feels he let down his wife and sets out to finish the work she began. So for me the movie is more a beautiful, sad love story than a political thriller.