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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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Davood
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Baba Akbar
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Moloojoon
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Paola
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Alireza
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Haj Agha
Kambiz Hosseini ...
Hassan
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Rahim
Ayman Sharaiha ...
Blue-Eyed Seyyed
Zeid Kattan ...
Seyyed
Ali Elayan ...
Channel One State TV Interviewer
Nidal Ali ...
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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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Biography | Drama

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

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27 November 2014 (Israel)  »

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118 Dias  »

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$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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1.85 : 1
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Jon Stewart's directing debut. See more »

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Maziar Bahari was in prison for over three months but neither his hair or facial hair changes in length. See more »

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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 »

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In This Blind Alley
Written by Ahmad Shamlu, translation by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (from "Strange Times, My Dear")
Performed by Shohreh Aghdashloo
Provided courtesy of Nahid Mozaffari
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compelling first 30 min
31 August 2015 | by See 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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