Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rosewater (2014)

Director: Jon Stewart. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani. 103 min. Rated R. Biography/Drama.

A chronicle of Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari's 4-month confinement in Tehran's Evin Prison, after reporting on Iran's disputed 2009 election. But that's all it is - a chronicle. Other than the flawless depiction of Iran during the election days, and some powerful moments between Bahari and the ghosts of his late father and sister, there's no sign of cinematic flare: neither Stewart's direction nor his screenplay add anything to the repetitive imprisonment scenes. Bahari's fear here is nowhere close to what he describes in his book, and his interrogator ('Rosewater') is definitely not as ominous. Sorry, but Stewart is off target.

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