'Rosewater' finds humor in absurdity

November 12, 2014 5:20 PM

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'Rosewater' finds humor in absurdity

Stewart spent $10 million to tell the story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who was arrested by Iranian authorities for working with an American spy. During the months he was jailed, he was brutalized by an interrogator he nicknamed Rosewater because of the man's cologne. The spy with whom Bahari had met? It was Jason Jones, a comedian who works for "The Daily Show."

The events sound serious, yet absurd, which is an intersection Stewart knows well. While the stakes in "Rosewater" are high, and the tone is appropriately grave, the movie is leavened with comic moments. "Some of those moments were to emphasize that as much as this was torture, it was also a bureauc...

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