Wild Things

'The Constant Gardener' & 'Grizzly Man'

Based on the novel by John le Carré, Fernando Meirelles’s film The Constant Gardener takes us to an Africa overwhelmed by poverty, disease, and crime—a place so desperate, the dead are buried in concrete graves to keep thieves from stealing their wedding rings. The gardener of the title is a British High Commission officer named Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a man who has reached midlife with no ambition beyond tending his flower garden, and little use of his...

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About the Author

Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.