Fiennes has always been good, but in author John le Carré's 2000 postimperial
African thriller, he may have found his signature role, a quiet English diplomat
in Kenya brought low by the death of his activist wife (Weisz) and never fully
revitalized by his quest to discover the circumstances behind it. Fernando
Meirelles (City of God) brings sizzle and movement to le Carré's cool
prose, an unlikely marriage that's not as distracting as you might imagine. What
you'll remember most, though, are Fiennes's haunted eyes and a beautiful slate
of supporting turns, each one a fun little lesson in slyness.