November 13, 2014

Kim Bodnia and Gael García Bernal in Rosewater.

Directed by: Jon Stewart

Written by: Jon Stewart

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Claire Foy

Rating: R

Running Time: 103

Jon Stewart, best know for his biting political satire on “The Daily Show”, has successfully directed his first feature, ROSEWATER. Stewart, who adapted the screenplay from Maziar Bahari’s memoir, has added visual, thematic, and thought provoking ideas to the film that could have easily been a paint-by-numbers story. Aided by Gael García Bernal’s sensitive and thoughtful performance as the imprisoned Bahari who was accused of being a spy, the film reveals the character’s inner struggle to live up to his family’s legacy of political resistance, and the absurdity of the oppressive Iranian regime attempting to control its people in the digital media age.

Grade: A-

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