Rosewater is a political drama based on the true story of Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was imprisoned and tortured for over 100 days after daring to report on the elections in Iran.
Bahari was actually interviewed by a Daily Show correspondent shortly before being imprisoned, and the Iranian government used that as an excuse to imprison him. His wife was pregnant at the time, and he had to think of her as he was interrogated. By all accounts, the imprisonment and torture weren’t all that hot, but from what I understand it also wasn’t nearly so bad as many other cases much like this from around the world. It seems like Bahari’s position as a journalist makes his plight more important than those who hand their fingernails cut off, were waterboarded, or just plain old killed.
Rosewater comes from Jon Stewart, of The Daily Show fame. This is his first feature as a director, and he wrote the screenplay based on the memoirs by Bahari.
Rosewater Release Date
November 7, 2014.
Who’s In It?
Gael García Bernal
Shohreh Aghdashloo . . . Moloojoon
Dimitri Leonidas . . . Davood
Haluk Bilginer . . . Baba Akbar – dear God I hope he’s an admiral…
Andrew Gower . . . Jimmy the avid editor
What’s Good About It?
Rosewater has a great lead in Gael Garcia Bernal, who is underrated, and the story has a few interesting details, and highlights a recent and important piece of history in Iran.
What’s Bad About It?
I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart, but I think this illustrates the biggest issue with him, which is that he’s gotten a really big head based on his position on the Daily Show. He thinks he’s an incredibly important guy, and is making a big difference in the world. I’m not saying he isn’t making a big difference, but he’s a comedian. He thinks of himself as a journalist, but he’s a guy who once made a joke about Florida being the penis of the USA. Granted, I make a ton of jokes about Canada being the moose-fucking hat of the USA, but that’s different. I’m right.
Our Clever Prediction
Rosewater will likely fly under most people’s radars and be mostly ignored this awards season, outside of a chance Bernal will get nominated for his performance.