Rosewater: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Rosewater: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Rosewater” is a drama film written and directed by Jon Stewart. Although the film opens in theaters on Nov. 7, 2014, it is slated to be shown in the Tellude and Toronto Film Festivals. The cast members include: Gael Garcia Bernal, Halah Bilginer, Golshifteh Farahami, Kim Bodnia, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dimitri Leonidas, Miles Jupp, Claire Foy and Nasser Faris. Read on to learn more about the “Rosewater” synopsis and review.

“Rosewater” Synopsis:


The film is based on Maziar Bahari’s book, “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.” It centers on Bahari (Bernal) who has an assignment to go to Iran and cover the presidential election for Newsweek magazine. He then questions the newly elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, about his landslide victory. The journalist is eventually detained in Evin Prison for almost 100 days, being accused as a Western spy. Bahari suffers while in prison, being brutally questioned until he is forced to confess that he is indeed a spy in exchange of freedom.

“Rosewater” Review:

As of this writing, the critics from Metacritic gave the film a score of 66 out of 100. The film has also received a handful of positive reviews from reputable critics of different sites.

“Rosewater” scored a 70, based on Metacritic, from The Wrap’s Steve Pond. Pond mentioned in his review that Stewart’s work deviates him from what he is known for in the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

“Like much of Stewart’s work, it’s smart and it points fingers in directions in which they need to be pointed,” added Pond in The Wrap article.

Meanwhile, Scott Foundas of Variety gave the film a score of 80. It seems that the director’s hiatus from his show has yielded a positive result as Foundas noted in his review.

“Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ hiatus yields a solid, powerfully acted political drama about human endurance in the face of ideological oppression,” wrote Foundas in Variety.

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter has a one liner to describe Stewart’s debut as a director: “Jon Stewart’s debut feature is capable, but lacks urgency.”

There you have it for the “Rosewater” synopsis and review. It opens in theaters on Nov. 7, 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) and be the first to know about upcoming movies and TV shows.

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