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The Water Diviner (2014)

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An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

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Russell Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Connor
Olga Kurylenko ... Ayshe
Yilmaz Erdogan ... Major Hasan
Cem Yilmaz ... Sgt. Jemal
Jai Courtney ... Lt Colonel Hughes
Dylan Jett Georgiades ... Orhan (as Dylan Georgiades)
Steve Bastoni ... Omer
Isabel Lucas ... Natalia
Salih Kalyon ... Dr. Ibrahim
Megan Gale ... Fatma
Ryan Corr ... Art
James Fraser ... Edward
Ben O'Toole ... Henry
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Eliza
Jack Patterson Jack Patterson ... Young Art
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Storyline

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli. Written by lament

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A father's journey in search of his sons See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence including some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Turkish | Greek | Russian

Release Date:

26 December 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a Estambul See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,220,335, 26 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,190,530, 28 June 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,747,799, 15 May 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Key horse wrangler Grahame Ware sourced equine-related gear that was appropriate to the time, including authentic saddles, bridles, horse bits and shoes. He shares, "Much of the period equipment we used was original, from the first World War." See more »

Goofs

The British Army Officer Lt. Col Hughes was wearing the rank of Lt. Col but at the same time he is wear red stripes which are worn by Col, who are one step to Lt. Col. This was wrongly show. See more »

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Connor: She wanted them buried in consecrated ground.
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes: How much blood do you need for it to be holy?
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Hey Onbesli
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Exquisitely-Acted and Heart-wrenchingly Sentimental,

Right from the beginning, Russel Crowe's directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, is already sweeping with unfathomable amount of emotions, gathering affection the moment it flashes grim representations of war and what follows at its heels. From there, it treads through compassionate subjects of ambitious scale, stumbling upon its own entanglements at times, but gets saved by towering affectionate performances from its actors.

The film follows the story of miraculous farmer (he knows where to find water underneath the arid earth) Joshua Connor (Crowe), whose three sons were sent to the war in Turkey. Years later and none of them has ever come home. His wife mourns over their presumed death, and succumbs to fatal depression. Swearing at his wife's grave to bring their sons' remains home, Connor voyages to Turkey, not even knowing what exactly to expect and see.

There is much to admire in Crowe for helming such historical romance, teeming with bold themes about love, family, and war. His directorial inexperience screams with some odd choices he made, like the forced romance between Connor and Olga Kurylenko's widow character, and the mostly ill-woven narrative his screenwriters knitted, but the sentimental performances of his actors and himself, are overwhelming enough to make up for the narrative inconsistencies. These solid heart-shattering performances summon the affection they truly deserve, and make the film, amid of its script's evident flaws, able to relay its sincere intentions, to the audience. Also a key factor for its effective delivery, is an exquisite cinematography that is able to capture the dreadfulness of the war, the sorrow of a grieving and longing father, and the breathtaking sceneries of countryside Australia, assuming incredibly toned palettes that shifts along the landscapes of the story.

This movie could have been perfect with an excellently-written script, but considering it's just Crowe's first directorial assignment, I'd say this is one hell of an epic job. Sincere, heart-wrenching, and beautifully-acted, THE WATER DIVINER, packs an incredible wallop of searing emotions, sending the most striking of sentiments, despite the faults in its storytelling.


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