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The Constant Gardener
(2005)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Alberto Iglesias

Co-Produced by:
Javier Casado
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Higher Octave/EMI
(August 16th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you can appreciate subtle rhythms and exotic vocals in a restrained performance from the world music genre.

Avoid it... if you only have a passing interest because of the score's Oscar nomination.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,044
WRITTEN 2/11/06
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The Constant Gardener: (Alberto Iglesias) Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles brings one of John Le Carre's most angry novels to life in The Constant Gardener, a tale with all the fragmented clues of a usual Le Carre story but with a vicious side of distrust against the pharmaceutical industry. A murder mystery and possible love triangle is a front in The Constant Gardener for a larger commentary about the actions of drug companies that test products on people in Africa without much respect for their lives. The setting here is Kenya, the drugs are HIV related, and the characters are a British diplomat and a medical activist who marry without really getting to know one another first. When the activist is killed at a roadblock, her husband searches the lurid and confusing cues with relentless focus, attempting to determine exactly why she had been killed (and learning more than he probably wanted to know in the first place). The film was critically praised almost across the board, despite its slow movement at times, and it was rewarded with several Academy Award nominations. One nomination came for the score by Spaniard Alberto Iglesias, who is best known for his ongoing collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar (his many works with the director have led to some of his half a dozen Goya Awards). One entry in that pairing was Talk to Her a few years ago, widely praised and a strong seller as a soundtrack. Offering a glimpse of Spanish classical music for the 21st Century, Iglesias seamlessly merged elements of classical chamber music with Latin flavor in Talk to Her, and his works have more than shown the industry that he is capable of composing across multiple world genres. For The Constant Gardener, Iglesias would take familiar elements from a Western orchestra and merge them with the worldly instruments of East Africa, providing a score heavy on texture and authenticity.



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Average: 2.65 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 74:13
• 1. Tessa's Death (2:15)
• 2. Roadblock I (2:40)
• 3. To Germany (3:23)
• 4. Tessa in the Bath (4:12)
• 5. Jomo Gets an HIV Test (1:00)
• 6. Dicholo - performed by Ayub Ogala (3:14)
• 7. We'll Both Be Dead by Christmas (2:37)
• 8. Motorbike (1:07)
• 9. To Airport (2:34)
• 10. Funeral (2:22)
• 11. Three Bees Testing (3:10)
• 12. Sandy Goes to the Hospital (1:37)
• 13. Kothbiro - performed by Ayub Ogala (5:34)
• 14. Justin Returns to the House (3:17)
• 15. Raid (5:21)
• 16. Destruction (2:00)
• 17. To Loki (1:15)
• 18. Kindergarten (3:36)
• 19. Hospital (3:00)
• 20. Kenny Curtis (3:00)
• 21. Landing in Sudan (1:58)
• 22. Justin's Breakdown (3:46)
• 23. Justin's Death (3:24)
• 24. Dropped Off at Turkana (2:30)
• 25. Roadblock II (3:30)
• 26. Procession (1:40)

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