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Rosewater (2014)

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Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

Director:

Jon Stewart

Writers:

Jon Stewart (screenplay), Maziar Bahari (book) | 1 more credit »
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Gael García Bernal ... Maziar Bahari
Kim Bodnia ... Javadi (Rosewater)
Dimitri Leonidas ... Davood
Haluk Bilginer ... Baba Akbar
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Moloojoon
Golshifteh Farahani ... Maryam
Claire Foy ... Paola
Amir El-Masry ... Alireza
Nasser Faris ... Haj Agha
Kambiz Hosseini Kambiz Hosseini ... Hassan
Numan Acar ... Rahim
Ayman Sharaiha Ayman Sharaiha ... Blue-Eyed Seyyed
Zeid Kattan Zeid Kattan ... Seyyed
Ali Elayan Ali Elayan ... Channel One State TV Interviewer
Nidal Ali Nidal Ali ... Prison Soundsman
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Based of a true story about a journalist who gets detained and brutally interrogated in prison for 118 days. The journalist Maziar Bahari was blindfolded and interrogated for 4 months in Evin prison in Iran, while the only distinguishable feature about his captor is the distinct smell of rosewater. An interview and sketch that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily Show was used as evidence that Maziar was a spy and in communication with the American government and the CIA. Written by abivians

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some crude references, and violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

118 Dias See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$567,038, 21 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,128,941, 30 January 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Stewart's directing debut. See more »

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Charles "CK" Redlinger is listed as a "Secruity Supervisor." [sic] Additionally there are two listings for "Saftey" [sic] personnel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maziar Bahari: [narrating] When I was nine my sister took me to the Shrine of Masumeh. It was beautiful. I will never forget the smell. A mix of sweat and rosewater they showered down on the faithful. I used to think only the most pious carried that scent.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Knows
Written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) & Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Fact based story of Iranian injustice
18 October 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Based on the book 'And then they came for me' by Maziar Bahari who is a London based Iranian journalist. Both his father and sister were victims of the State. First under the Shah and then the Ayatollah's both for being Communists.

He travelled to Iran to cover the elections of 2009; the results were wildly contested by the public and international media – seeing them as rigged. Bahari covered the subsequent rioting and the lethal clamp down by the Iranian forces and got the news out; this is a country where the State controls all aspects of life including access to satellite programmes, books and news. For that he was arrested and tortured; this is his story.

This film was made by Jon Stewart who interviewed Bahari for a spoof he did on his show. That footage was used to try to prove Bahari was a spy for the corrupt West. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Bahari and as always puts in a superb performance – he is one of my favourite actors so I am a bit biased. This is a film that takes its time but it manages to still be hard hitting enough to have the impact I feel it was aiming for. It uses genuine footage as well to recreate the times and it a better watch for it. One for fans of World cinema that is easy to recommend.


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