The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner

DVD - 2015
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In 1919, an Australian farmer travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. With insurmountable obstacles he must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., [2015]
Edition: Rental.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Aug 07, 2018

Probably one of the most moving of Crowe’s roles since Cinderalla Man. A moving blend of spirituality, history, religion, war, and family drama. This movie makes you feel you are back 100 years ago to the waning days of the Ottoman Empire and the disaster that was the First World War. More a movie about forgiveness and closure than a war movie it is without a doubt one of the best movies made about the consequences of Australian participation in WW1.

Jul 04, 2018

July 4 2018.....I really enjoyed this.....but what was in that cup of coffee at the end????......I see the book is available in audio in our library system....I hope if I listen to that it will explain?

Jun 05, 2018

Wonderful movie full of emotions of a father who lost his 3 sons in a war battle and his wife who takes her life. Story filled with deep emotions, sensitivity and deep and real love. Great acting performance of Russell Crowe. Worth it to watch until the end. Great places to see Australia and middle East.

May 23, 2018

Directed by Russell Crowe in 2014 loosely based on the book of the same name by Andrew Anastasios and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, this docudrama depicts the journey to Galipoli of an Australian farmer, Joshua Connor (Crowe), who travels to Turkey soon after World War I to find his three sons.
So well-known is the Gallipoli Campaign that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu in modern Turkey) in the Ottoman Empire between 17 February 1915 and 9 January 1916.
The peninsula forms the northern bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provided a sea route to the Russian Empire, one of the Allied powers during the war.
Intending to secure it, Russia's allies, Britain and France, launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula, with the aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul).
If you're interested in this historical battle, this is a must-see.

May 15, 2018

I found Russell Crowe's directorial debut fairly good, but found that the editing could have been tighter, and found it to be a somewhat unlikely ending.
For someone that does not know the events, the beginning scene seemed confusing and ended up not helpful, as the story slowly evolves.
The special feature on the DVD, Making Of: The Water Diviner, had brief interviews with the director. Was nice to see that the film was filmed on location in Australia and Turkey, as pointed out in the film, Gallipoli was a graveyard of 7,000 Turks and 3,000 Australians.

Apr 13, 2018

This man is a sensitive that finds water in Australia and then senses his beloved : wife, three sons: Arthur, Edward and the other one. Travels to Turkey with the Ottoman war finds the deceased sons and fights a great hand with a rugby bat. A chase with the kid dragging his luggage to lead him to the family hotel lodge where more story builds here. Old man senile plucks feathers out of a chicken sitting on lap. Enjoy a sex less film works will here. 5 ruby bats of enjoyment, escapism, and war.

Jul 24, 2017

Fairly good film about a father (Russell Crowe) who travels to Gallipoli after WWI to retrieve the bodies of his dead/missing(?) sons. Turkey was still fighting with the Greeks and for national independence at the time (1919). Rather sad, so many ANZAC soldiers died at Gallipoli, but as one character states - this was the only Father to come looking for his boys, so he finds some help. He has an instinctive ability (like water diving) for locating his own. His wife in Australia kills herself early on because he promised to bring his boys home. You'll have to watch to see if he finds them . . . also a terrible tale of the wholesale destruction of war.

Jul 03, 2017

Not particularly believable, but nevertheless an awesome movie. I enjoyed a glimpse of a piece of history that I know almost nothing about. It was filmed on location in Australia & Turkey. I enjoyed seeing places I won't ever see in person.

ArapahoeKati Oct 10, 2016

I've been waiting for a film about Gallipoli and its aftermath, and this is it! Russell Crowe puts in a performance that reminds me of his "Gladiator" days.

Aug 15, 2016

I really enjoyed this. The humanity given to people on opposing sides of a war, the love of a father that knew no bounds (Russell Crowe is wonderful in this), the glimpses of a foreign country and culture, the historical placement - it's a heartwarming, engaging movie from start to finish.

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Sep 09, 2015

-You're so clever. You can find water but you can't even find your own children.

Joshua: You know where I live, my home? Sometimes it doesn't rain for three or four years at a time. We have to find water that's fallen through cracks in the earth.
-How do you find it underground?
Joshua: Well, there's the trick. You have to feel it.

Ayshe: We decide everything here by coffee. Business, holidays. Even our husbands.
Joshua: And that works?
Ayshe: When two families come together to arrange a marriage, the young girl serves them coffee. If it is sweet, she approves of the match. If it is bitter, go away. The more sugar, the deeper the love.

Sep 09, 2015

-This was the Ottoman Empire, one of the largest empires the world has ever known, and presently it's being carved up. The Bolshies, they want the Black Sea. The French and Italians, they want the Aegean. And currently, in Anatolia, where the prison camps were incidentally, the Turks and the Greeks are turning the place into a complete and utter blood bath. So where, pray, in all this madness would you like us to start
looking for your son?

Sep 09, 2015

- My apologies, Major. Admiral Calthorpe will have to reschedule your meeting. Perhaps next Tuesday? Does that suit?
Major Hasan: Yes. If your Admiral could also reschedule the Greeks.
- Allow us to handle the Greeks through proper diplomatic channels. Let us not have another war.
Hasan: It's the same war. It hasn't ended.

Sep 09, 2015

Preacher: As the book of Job teaches us, God sets these trials for a reason. Many families in the district have made similar sacrifices for king and country. You know, you have a gall coming in here, making demands. You haven't stepped inside this place for four years, you haven't been to confession, you're all but lost to God.
Joshua: Yes. And you and God can feed me to the pigs for all I care. But you knew this woman. She was here every Sunday. I've dug the grave, I made the coffin, all I'm asking you to do is say some words and throw some dirt.

-Do you know what the army used to do with the rank and file dead after Waterloo, Crimea, Khartoum? They would dig an enormous bloody pit and rake the whole lot in
with a few handfuls of lime. No names. Horse, mules and the men. All turned into fertilizer. This is the first war anyone has given a damn.


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Jul 02, 2015

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Galipoli to search for his three missing sons.


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