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Journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who relentlessly interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.


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Aug 11, 2016

This is a 2014 American political drama written, directed and produced by Jon Stewart, based on the memoir "Then They Came for Me" by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.
It recounts Bahari's 2009 imprisonment by Iran, connected to an interview he participated in on "The Daily Show."
Iranian authorities presented the interview as evidence that he was in communication with an American spy.
While his pregnant fiancée waits for him, Bahari spends 118 days at Evin Prison being brutally interrogated.
His sadistic interrogator's sole distinguishing feature is that he smells of rosewater.
It is a powerfully acted political drama about human endurance in the face of ideological oppression.

bookwurm1 Dec 30, 2015

TERRIBLE MOVIE. John Stewart was obviously a rookie at film-directing, here. But, the main problem was, it just didn't "GEL." It was all over the place, the interrogator's acting was "so-so" but Gael Garcia Bernal delivered, though he appeared confused, at times, he did an excellent job, given the script was written badly. This director filmed in Jordan, which is just so much different than the real Iran. And I'm pretty sure they used Arab actors posing as Iranians. Pretty sure. This definitely missed the mark, along with all the annoying flashbacks and subplots. Gael Garcia Bernal certainly doesn't look like the actual Maziar Bahari. But it seems like it was a noble and worthwhile attempt. Just a little fake (the setting, and props) in places.

Green_Bird_203 Oct 15, 2015

Shohreh Aghdashloo's deep tone of voice is still haunting days after you turn off the movie. Check her in "House of Sand and Fog" and "The Stoning of Soraya M".

norma95 Oct 10, 2015

Please delete. I've already seen it.

Aug 20, 2015

Don't let the trailers fool you. This reporter was not jailed in Iran just because of an interview on the Daily Show!

Jon Stewart's directing debut was well cast and well acted. Finally a movie which shows that torture is not just physical and that the torturers are actually the most tortured of all. This may explain why our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has left our soldiers and our nation so damaged.

See this movie. It is worth the hype.

jpozenel Aug 06, 2015

I was expecting much more but got much less. This is an unbelievable boring idea for a movie. I could see it working in book form, but it just didn't work as a film.

ebarteldes Aug 01, 2015

If you wonder why Jon Stewart quit The Daily Show, ask no further. This is a brilliant movie, based on the book written by Bahari, who lived through the story. Too bad it was not quite a hit - this film deserves to be seen.

xaipe May 27, 2015

This movie, which is Jon Stewart's directorial debut, is about a young Iranian-Canadian filmmaker and journalist named Maziar Bahari who was arrested and imprisoned for 118 days after his report on Iran was published in Newsweek. The arrest was part of the unrest following Iran's contested presidential election, and Bahari was thrown into Tehran's notorious Evin prison. The title comes from the name he gave to his torturer/interrogator who wore a heavily scented cologne. The tension of the narrative is undermined by the public knowledge that Bahari was eventually released from the prison and allowed to return home. The story was rather subdued, and did not dwell on the brutal interrogations and psychological pressures Bahari endured during his imprisonment. Stewart's humor comes through in the exchanges between Bahari and Rosewater who confronted Bahari with his DVD collection which includes The Sopranos as well as a magazine with Megan Fox on the cover. It's porno! says Rosewater, with a mixture of disgust and fascination. No, says Bahari who eventually yields and admits that well, it may be, after attempting to explain that this article was all a joke and that the interview he give to one of Stewart’s colleagues in which he jokes about being a spy was for The Daily Show and was satire, not news. Torturers just don't get humor.
There were a couple of lapses into satire in the interrogation exchanges, as though Stewart was torn between comedic or serious viewpoints in his script as when Rosewater makes a fuss about offering Bahairi a Nescafe before his threatened execution. This is an interesting movie, but I thought that the editing and adaptation were both rather choppy. Stewart adapted the script from Bahari's book himself, and since I haven't read the book can't comment on that, but my sense is that much was left out. It remains to be seen whether or not Stewart continues with his move into docudrama. Stories like this just don't have a lot of laughs.

May 17, 2015

Director Jon Stewart of the Comedy Central's The Daily Show once did a satirical bit about Iran’s dictatorship with an Iranian journalist. When the journalist travelled to Iran to cover the rigged Iranian election, the Iranians either through ignorance or revenge arrested the journalist and tortured him to force him to confess that the skit material was real and not a big joke. Getting the guy in trouble, Stewart made this film. It is a good film. Not only does it expose the corrupt and brutal nature of the Iranian regime, it also exposes the fact that in the 1950’s America’s CIA overthrew the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister and installed a brutal dictator to get decades of cheap oil.

May 12, 2015

what started out as a fascinating journey into a true story, did not evolve enough to capture the brutality of the mans event. So much more seems to have been left for the imagination to fill in.
Could have been " right in your face" but instead, went for a Rosewater " light ". Stewart has potential but Im not sold totally on what his abilities are.

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Mar 22, 2015

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Apr 12, 2015

Opening monologue:

Maziar: When I was nine, my sister took me to the Shrine of Masumeh. It was beautiful. But I'll never forget the smell. A mix of sweat, and the rosewater hey showered down on the faithful. I used to think only the most pious carried that scent.

Haj: As you know, the discipline of media espionage is a new one. Oh, yes, it is everywhere. It's a new trend. The West has been quite effective in blurring the line between a spy and journalists. We must catch up if we are to battle effectively.


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