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Constant Gardener


Source: Catholic News Service

Complex political thriller about an African-based British diplomat (Ralph Fiennes, in top form) who sets out to uncover the mystery behind the murder of his apparently unfaithful activist wife (Rachel Weisz), and uncovers a web of intrigue involving conspiracies, government corruption and betrayal at the highest levels of power and the pharmaceutical industry. Director Fernando Meirelles' adaptation of a John le Carre novel is a long, but generally absorbing, suspense story and a condemnation of drug testing on unsuspecting Third World people, with solid performances and flavorful location shooting in Kenya. Brief rear and partial nudity, scattered profanity, rough language and crude expressions, a restrained premarital bedroom scene, quick blurry shots of violence including lynching, and a gruesome description of death. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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