Not having seen it, and because it wasn't subtitled, we chose The Constant Gardener based on the book by John LeCarre. Since we'd all seen and been crazy aboutTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy this seemed a good choice.
The film, starring a luminous, ebullient Rachel Weisz as Tessa, a human rights activist, and Ralph Fiennes, as Justin Quayle, the quintessential, self-effacing, polite British diplomat, more than met our expectations. Set in Kenya, where Quayle is stationed, the story revolves around the murder of Tessa, and the whereabouts Dr. Bluhm, her African colleague played by Hubert Kounde. Tessa and Dr. Bluhm have uncovered the big pharmacutical's company's use of powerless Kenya people as medical guineapigs; in order to get their AIDS medication (a simple fact of life in this part of the world) they must also take medicine which is part of a TB test case. The fact that the drug is killing people is ignored; after all these are simply Kenyan natives - who cares what happens to them?
As with all things LeCarre, it isn't easy. You have to have your head turned on to follow the story but it's worth it if you do! And sadly, the whole bleak picture rings so very true. Of course, big drug companies are taking advantage of this huge pool of voiceless people. It is all too easy to see that corruption, money and power wins the day every day, leaving the victims to endure their short, sad, overcrowded, poverty stricken lives.