'Rosewater': More news story than compelling film

November 13, 2014 4:25 PM

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Classic melodrama, Iranian style. Maziar Bahari, a well-known Iranian-Canadian journalist, visits his ancestral homeland in 2009. He reports about the idealistic crowds brutalized following the presidential re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and is incarcerated by the Iranian government. They throw him into solitary confinement, call him a spy, and try to beat a confession out of him, as his pregnant wife in London suffers from stress and fright.

Jon Stewart, in his directing and screenwriting debut, takes a serious approach to the true account of Bahari's suffering. His film, shot in Jordan, pre�sents both political and personal drama. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Bahari as a cautious fellow; his dead father was a longtime Iranian prisoner a ...

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