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On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a café with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. Written by
Brad Pitt became inspired to capture Pearl's memoir on screen when he saw her interview on CNN while the search for her husband was going on. See more »
Since a lot of the movie was shot in Pune and Mumbai, a lot of scenes actually show taxis and roads of Mumbai and Pune. Though most cars in focus have the numbers changed, yet Fiat taxi's and trucks with Indian number plates are all over the place. See more »
The day after 9-11, Danny and I flew to Pakistan. He was the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, and I was working for French Public Radio. Thousands of journalist from all over the world arrived in Islamabad to cover the war in neighboring Afghanistan. On the 7th October, bombing began.
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First off, I must say something about Angelina Jolie: she gave an admirable and heartfelt performance in this wonderful film and does NOT in any way deserve all the terrible things people have accused her and the filmmakers of doing, namely being racist and engaging in "blackfacing." Mariane Pearl requested Jolie to portray her, and that is that. This is a heartbreaking film that does not make us pity Mariane Pearl but allows us to admire her for her strength and courage. Although the film brought tears to my eyes, it is not one of those sob stories with the intention of being a tear-jerker. It is not overly brutal either, showing the trauma of the event as experienced by Mariane Pearl without putting the full-blown horror of it on the audience unnecessarily. Great supporting performances also from Archie Panjabi and Irfan Khan.
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