The Constant Gardener is a 2005 drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The screenplay by Jeffrey Caine is based on the John le Carré novel of the same name. It tells the story of Justin Quayle, a man who seeks to find the motivating forces behind his wife's murder.
The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, and Bill Nighy. It was filmed on location in Loiyangalani and the slums of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya. The situation affected the cast and crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trust in order to provide basic education for these villages.
Reviews have generally been very positive. However, some have suggested that the movie missed an opportunity to be more critical of the pharmaceutical industry and how some of its practices impact Africa. Sonia Shah, writing for The Nation, called the film a "flawed indictment of Big Pharma's complicity in African illness and poverty" and said the movie is unrealistic. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe said the movie diminishes "the real urgency of the West's humanitarian disconnect from Africa. If it sends audiences home to log on to the Amnesty International website, terrific -- but that still doesn't make it a very good movie. Michael Atkinson of the Village Voice criticized the movie as "a cannonballing mélange of hack-cuts, impressionistic close-ups, and tropical swelter.