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Rosewater

R| 1 hr. 43 min.

Plot Summary

Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.
 
In October 2009, with Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” continuing to keep the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.

Cast: Gael García Bernal , Shohreh Aghdashloo , Golshifteh Farahani , Dimitri Leonidas , Haluk Bilginer , Andrew Gower , Arian Moayed , Numan Acar

Director: Jon Stewart

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Open Road

Rosewater (2014)

Release Date: November 14th, 2014|1 hr. 43 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • Kudos to Stewart for making Rosewater more than an earnest plea for journalistic freedom. He makes it personal. show more

  • The material is ripe for black comedy, but Stewart’s screenplay, staying true to Bahari’s real-life experience, steers a middle course. It’s sometimes scary, sometimes funny, and sometimes absurd, but never any of those things fully, or effectively. show more

  • The movie has a couple of problems. The lesser one arises from its opaqueness about the involvement of Mr. Stewart and “The Daily Show” in these events. The larger one lies in its narrative — enlivened from time to time by instructive absurdity, yet awfully familiar, overall, and padded with a notably clumsy dramatic contrivance. show more

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  • November 21, 2014 BOB
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    This would be a GREAT movie if you couldn't go to sleep, it only took me about 10 minures and I was snoring. I would guess that the production costs must have run in the $ 2-3 thousand dollar range.

  • November 19, 2014 AJ Falco
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    http://filmclassjunkies.com/2014/11/19/rosewater-review/

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