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影片男主角的原型是一位伊朗裔，加拿大籍的记者巴哈里（Maziar Bahari）。2009年，巴哈里作为美国《新闻周刊》（Newsweek）驻伊朗记者，报道当年的伊朗总统大选。6月13日，选举委员会宣布艾哈迈迪-内贾德（Mahmoud Ahmadinejad）获胜后，其竞争对手的支持者上街游行，巴哈里拍下了这场被称为“伊朗绿色革命”的抗议活动。6月21日，他从德黑兰的家中被带走，经历118天的监禁后获释。
其后巴哈里将自己的这段经历写成回忆录《Then They Came for Me》，于2011年出版。在书中，他描述自己遭到折磨和审讯，对方视他为潜入伊朗的间谍。由于双眼被蒙住，看不清提审人的面容，只闻到他身上的玫瑰香水味，巴哈里在书中就以“玫瑰香水”（Rosewater）称呼对方，影片的片名也是由此而来。
In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran`s volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with comedian Jason Jones. The interview was intended as satire, but if the Tehran authorities got the joke they didn`t like it – and it would quickly came back to haunt Bahari when he was rousted from his family home and thrown into prison. Making his directorial debut, Jon Stewart tells the tale of Bahari`s months-long imprisonment and interrogation in this powerful and affecting docudrama featuring a potent and performance by Gael García Bernal recounting Bahari`s efforts to maintain his hope and his sanity in the face of isolation and persecution-through memories of his family, recollections of the music he loves, and thoughts of his wife and unborn child.
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