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Starring: Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Quintessa Swindell, Esai Morales, Eduardo Losan, Rick Cosnett, Victoria Hill, Amy Le
Thriller drama written and directed by Paul Schrader. Master Gardener (2023) follows meticulous horticulturalist, Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton), who is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate owned by wealthy dowager, Norma Haverhill (Sigourney Weaver). When she orders Roth to take on her troubled great-niece Maya (Quintessa Swindell) as his apprentice, his life is thrown into chaos, unlocking dark secrets from a buried violent past that threaten them all.
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Narvel Roth: The Nandina is a species of flowering plant native to Eastern Asia. The smell at certain times of the year gives you a real buzz. Like the buzz you get just before pulling the trigger.
Narvel Roth: There’s a few variations this year. Some practical, some seasonal.
Norma Haverhill: You know what they say, Narvel. Money is the best manure. The better the money, the better the manure.
Narvel Roth: She went onto explain that aesthetic gardens were a recent development. In colonial times, gardens were utilitarian. A cross between a grocery store and a pharmacy. In the Gilded Age they became an entrance to high society. A place of conspicuous display.
Norma Haverhill: At Gracewood we have the best of both worlds. Four generations of curated botany. Horticulture and display. Now, where were we, sweet pea?
Narvel Roth: You were wondering which color dress would be best? You wore the emerald green last year.
Norma Haverhill: With white frill on the sleeves and neck.
Narvel Roth: That’s right.
Norma Haverhill: I looked pretty good.
Narvel Roth: Yes, you did.
Norma Haverhill: I have a favor to ask.
Narvel Roth: What is it?
Norma Haverhill: My grand niece. I would like you to take her on as an apprentice. She dropped out of school, and then she ended up in a bad crowd.
Narvel Roth: You’ll learn how to garden.
Narvel Roth: Are you satisfied with the life that you have?
Maya: Why would you ask that?
Maya: You know you talk a lot of shit, but there’s one thing you don’t talk about.
Narvel Roth: What’s that?
Narvel Roth: Well, there’s not much to know.
Man: You put the deep six on nine bad guys.
Narvel Roth: Well, that was a long time ago.
Man: Even if they’re dead, you’re not forgotten.
Maya: Have you ever killed anyone?
Narvel Roth: Why would you say that?
Maya: [to Narvel] Take off your shirt.
Norma Haverhill: You are impertinent.
Narvel Roth: Maya is just finding her own way.
Norma Haverhill: And I’m the queen of Scotland!
Narvel Roth: Gardening is a belief in the future. A belief that things will happen according to plan.
Narvel Roth: Who did this to you?
Maya: What are you going to do?
Man: It’s time to start a new life.
Narvel Roth: I have created this life. Filled it with rules. Now seems the time to break one.