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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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the Jason Jones interview, certain shots show not only the camera purporting to be part of the film, but also the matte box of the Arri Alexa used to film the movie. See more »

Goofs

Maziar Bahari was in prison for over three months but neither his hair or facial hair changes in length. 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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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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Excellent Film with Considerable Nuance
14 November 2014 | by bbachracSee all my reviews

Well worth seeing. An engaging and moving film. Rosewater is a well done portrayal of an historical story. It is hard to believe that a Daily Show Episode set in motion all the events and consequences portrayed. Rosewater portrays with artistic imagery and cinematography the need to confront totalitarianism. The cast and acting is superb. Jon Stewart has done an excellent job in developing the screenplay and directing its filming. The scenes of Iran blended with other locations creates a moving montage. Do see Rosewater. I am not sure why IMDb wants ten lines of text for viewer reviews. I thoroughly valued seeing the movie and wanted to express my satisfaction with a review, but I was not expecting to need to write such a lengthy exposition. Do see Rosewater and take your friends and family.


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