Constant Gardener is an excellent film. It asks more questions than answers. So showing the Bible in the end could either be seen as something
to question at or something reassuring or both. But the fact the letter is shown in conjunction with the Bible
seems to suggest that in the end the crony of pharmaceutical greed gets
what he deserves—the truth.
Still, the truth does
not show forth without the sacrifice of a husband and wife. Their life, what they do and what they see ask many questions which
are depicted in almost every scene.
asking Justin to give a family of three a ride home. Justin says no.
in the end asking to save one African girl. The UN pilot says no.
visiting the poor neighborhoods to delve more into his wife’s work.
visiting the desert clinic only to see the tragedy of their lives as
depicted by the arrival of raiders. The conclusion? “This
is how things are here.”
scene of 12-year old mother dying.
many scenes of the separation of the rich versus the poor.
and wife personal scenes:
scene when Tessa is an idealistic college student and ends up
following through with her beliefs and values.
gardening life as a diplomat becomes stirred up by his wife’s work.
being blunt at a party when she questions the work of pharmaceutical
scene when Tessa is holding an African baby—to startle the audience.
choosing where to end his life.
receiving a very humble gift of bottle caps and how she is honored to
receive it and hangs it in a prominent place in her house—shows more
of her character.
character, even by her mistaken choice to give herself to Sandy and
trust him, becomes understood by Justin in the end when he sees that
his wife is the same idealistic Tessa with whom he fell in love. Justin blames Sandy for betraying Tessa. Unlike Sandy, Justin really loves his wife and pursues to
finish her work.
kept Justin in the dark to protect him but he makes the choice to
finish his wife’s work with the knowledge of how his life will end.
Tessa part of many of us has worn down through the years and there is that
small part that sees the crony of greed deny the letter. He will use a catch phrase to protect himself. Like many catch phrases we’ve heard, the crony of greed will say,
“What letter?” as his catch phrase, as if this will make everything
Still, the movie ends
on a hopeful note, that the deaths of the Tessas and Justins of this world
grow out of truthful love. Tessa
loves the world and her husband. Justin
loves his wife. Something
good will come out of this—that is the hope.