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Rosewater

  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Jon Stewart
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

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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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In 2009, a London-based, Iranian-born journalist named Maziar Bahari was covering the general election in his homeland. Wrongly accused of being a spy, he was arrested and placed in solitary confinement for 118 days, during which time he was subjected to various forms of torture. The ordeal he suffered is dramatised in this satirical, thought-provoking political drama, which depicts a battle of wills between Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal) and an ignorant, brutish interrogator (Kim Bodnia). The scenes between the two are slightly repetitive in nature, but Bernal is highly likeable as the compliant reporter, while Bodnia manages to humanise his thuggish captor. In addition, writer/director Jon Stewart (making his debut as a film-maker) captures the absurdity of the situation in a way that is both sobering and surprisingly humorous. The end result isn't always gripping, but it's a solid piece of work that deserves to be seen.

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Credits

Cast

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Maziar BahariGael García Bernal
RosewaterKim Bodnia
PaolaClaire Foy
DavoodDimitri Leonidas
MoloojoonShohreh Aghdashloo
MaryamGolshifteh Farahani
Baba AkbarHaluk Bilginer
AlirezaAmir El-Masry

Crew

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DirectorJon Stewart

Details

Theatrical distributor
The Works
Released on
2015-05-08
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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