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'The Constant Gardener' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 8-11

RELEASED: Jan. 29, 2007

scene from The Constant GardnerEAU CLAIRE — When a well-known activist (Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz) turns up dead in Kenya, her complacent husband (Ralph Fiennes) is driven by anger and remorse to investigate the circumstances of her death in "The Constant Gardener" (2005), screening Feb. 8-11 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Adapted from the bestselling thriller by John Le Carre, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"Ralph Fiennes' aristocratic gait makes him seem remote and inaccessible from a distance, but looking closer, he's a remarkably expressive actor, capable of revealing emotional depths through a quiver in his voice or a slight crack in his visage," wrote Scott Tobias of The Onion A.V. Club. "In other words, he's the perfect John Le Carre hero: reserved and sophisticated, possessing the driest of wits, yet deceptively passionate in a way that people never really anticipate from him. The Cold War spy games in Le Carre's previous novels were put to bed in 'The Constant Gardener,' in which Le Carre opened up to corporate imperialism at its most diabolical, his moral indignation lighting a memorable fire. In the crisp screen adaptation, Fiennes carries Le Carre's spirit with a slow-burning performance that operates on two fronts: As a powerful indictment of third-world abuses ... and as a widower's moving investigation into his shattered relationship."

"This is one of the year's best films," concluded Roger Ebert.

Directed by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God"), the 129-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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