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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.

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Jon Stewart

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Jon Stewart (screenplay), Maziar Bahari (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Storyline

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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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:

$1,154,303, 16 November 2014

Gross USA:

$3,128,941

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,171,593
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Khalid Klein originally auditioned for the role of Alireza, which went to Amir El-Masry. 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 »

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[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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References The Sopranos (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance Me to the End of Love
Written by Leonard Cohen and David Campbell
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Produced by John Lissauer
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) & Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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compelling first 30 min
31 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In 2009, Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) travels to his homeland to report on the Iranian election for Newsweek. His father was once imprison for being a communist and so was his late sister. He does a segment with The Daily Show. When Ahmadinejad is declared the winner, protests erupted and he's arrested. He is imprisoned for 4 months facing constant interrogation.

The movie is pretty compelling for the first 30 minutes. It's interesting history and good drama. After getting imprisoned, the movie doesn't have quite as much. Jon Stewart doesn't really have any interesting style and that section needs that something out of the box. It's earnest and so is everybody else. Jon could have gone surreal. It's pretty straight forward with some attempts at dark humor. It's a fine informative film.


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