Saturday, March 04, 2006
DH and I watched The Constant Gardener last night. I mentioned Pride & Prejustice and DH turned white and jumped on this thriller :D
Gotta love a predictable man.
I am not a big Ralph fan. He's OK looking. But he is a very good actor. Like Russell Crowe. Capable of looking dorky and just plain unattractive by a stoop of shoulders or a wimpy smile. Rachel Weisz's character is very unattractive at first too--until the film starts to unfold. I'm not going to spoil it, just say it was brilliantly acted and the love story is very, very nicely done (if a little abrupt and definitely sad).
I was looking for a reason behind the title. I am 99.9% positive I read an article somewhere that it is a spy term, but can't find any reference to it now.
I did find a wonderful interview with Le Carre on John Connelly's site.
David Cornwell (Le Carre) says at the end of the interview. "Writers are not the heroes of society," he concludes, "but its betrayers, its sneaks. There is larceny in us, for which we do not have to have the example of a wicked dad.
"But," he adds, "it helps..."
I find that very interesting. Larceny in us. How often have I looked at somebody's life story and thought, I could use that in a story. People, places, news items. Bad, wicked, terrible things that I want to steal and put in my own stories. Joy, love, expressions.
I steal it all and try to use it as best I can.