This film is beautifully slow paced and encapsulating. A startling film that deals with issues deeply embedded within all of our lives; love, trust, and the search for truth. Exploring the point to which we are prepared to stick to our integrity and follow our convictions, whilst also tackling enormous political and economical issues of illegal drug production and trials on the poor of Kenya.
A young politically charged student (Weisz) who marries her tutor and British Diplomat. (Fiennes) They migrate to Africa where his career diplomacy allow Weisz to channel her findings (despite obvious opposition and resistance) along political avenues, the results of which her husband must pick up and piece together, whilst battling through personal and political levels of deceit and betrayal.
Despite sounding like another political ‘anti west’ film, Fernando Meirelles’ deals mainly with the value and cost of human life and the dedication to humanities plight on a personal basis, which is what makes it so appealing and affective.
There aren’t many films within this genre that allow me to empathize with the character and genuinely believe and share in their zeal and willingness of self sacrifice for a greater good, and ultimately love, but this stunning film is most defiantly one, a modern masterpiece.