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Rachel Weisz reunites with 'Constant Gardener' director

Rachel Weisz won an Oscar for her role in “The Constant Gardener” five years ago, but since then has appeared in minor, eccentric movies like “The Brothers Bloom” or terrible mistakes like “Fred Claus.” (Her latest, “Agora,” never played theatrically in Baltimore.) So it’s heartening to read (1) she has just completed shooting a Jim Sheridan movie, “Dream House”; (2) she is starting work on a new Terrence Malick picture, an untitled love story; and (3) she will reunite with Fernando Meirelles, her “Constant Gardener” director, on “360,” based on the same Arthur Schnitzler erotic roundelay that was the source of Max Ophuls’ “La Ronde.”

I think Weisz delivered a bit of acting genius as Tessa (left), the doomed activist in “Gardener”:  a portrait of a lady whose thirst for justice leads her beyond conventionality or propriety. With her dark hair and pale skin and flashing eyes, this actress has always had a marvelous, enveloping ambiance, and in “Enemy at the Gates” (2001), she and a never-better Jude Law generated a furtive sexual chemistry that was extraordinary. But in “The Constant Gardener” she's amazing. Like Brando in “The Godfather,” she dominates the movie by holding back as much as she gives out – and her absence is as powerful as her presence.
I’m glad to see she’s getting back together with Meirelles. Are you?
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