‘Rosewater’ movie review: Maziar Bahari’s story is no laughing matter for Jon Stewart

November 13, 2014 5:12 PM

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“Rosewater” is both a faithful and a forceful adaptation of “Then They Came For Me,” the 2011 memoir of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Set during the run-up to Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election and the chaotic street protests that followed, the film tells the story of Bahari’s arrest and imprisonment for 118 days, under suspicion of spying for the West using the cover of a Newsweek reporter.

Beaten and/or questioned almost daily by an Iranian government thug whose penchant for cologne lends the film its title, Bahari was released only after media attention — largely brought to bear by Newsweek and the magazine’s then-owner, The Washington Post — convinced Iranian officials that his dete...

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