7.1/10
64,501
200 user 186 critic

The Water Diviner (2014)

Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (HD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

Russell Crowe
Reviews
Popularity
3,717 ( 101)
14 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

A.R.O.G (2008)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Commander Logar fools Arif and sends him 1.000.000 years back in the time. He must civilize people from past to reach today.

Directors: Ali Taner Baltaci, Cem Yilmaz
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Özge Özberk, Zafer Algöz
G.O.R.A. (2004)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A slick young Turk kidnapped by extraterrestrials shows his great « humanitarian spirit » by outwitting the evil commander-in-chief of the planet of G.O.R.A.

Director: Ömer Faruk Sorak
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Rasim Öztekin, Özkan Ugur
Pek Yakinda (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Pirated DVD seller Zafer who is formerly an extra in movies; swore to give up illegal works when his wife wanted to get divorce. To win his family back, he and his old-fashioned crew ... See full summary »

Director: Cem Yilmaz
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Tülin Özen, Zafer Algöz
Hokkabaz (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Failed magician Iskender decides to do a tour to save his career, but has to bring his grumpy and senile father along. The tour is quite unexpectedly interrupted when a bride actually disappears from the stage.

Directors: Ali Taner Baltaci, Cem Yilmaz
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Mazhar Alanson, Özlem Tekin
Yahsi Bati (2009)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1881, two Ottoman Secret Agents travel to the USA, at the Sultan's request, to deliver a valuable diamond as a gift for the President.

Director: Ömer Faruk Sorak
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Ozan Güven, Zafer Algöz
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.

Director: Paul Haggis
Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

Director: Gabriele Muccino
Stars: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul
Arif v 216 (2018)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After 8 years, Arif's old friend 216 from planet GORA pays a visit to Earth.Together they go on a quest where they'll be visiting 60's.

Director: Kivanç Baruönü
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Ozan Güven, Özkan Ugur
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In early 1970s, Adem is a boy living in an Aegean village with his family. He just finished the primary school and he wants to work while he's on summer holiday. He gets permission from his... See full summary »

Director: Yüksel Aksu
Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Berat Efe Parlar, Adam Bay
Noah (2014)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd
Vizontele (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The film is about the introduction of television to a small village in southeast Anatolia in 1974. Employing a tragicomic language, it tells of the efforts of Emin who is the village idiot ... See full summary »

Directors: Yilmaz Erdogan, Ömer Faruk Sorak
Stars: Yilmaz Erdogan, Demet Akbag, Altan Erkekli
Edit

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 Georgiades ... Orhan
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 ... Young Art
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Australia | USA | Turkey

Language:

English | Turkish | Greek | Russian

Release Date:

26 December 2014 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a Estambul See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Oscar-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie. See more »

Goofs

In the Galata area aerial overview scene the Galata tower has a cone shaped top, which was not built until the mid 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Connor: She wanted them buried in consecrated ground.
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes: How much blood do you need for it to be holy?
See more »


Soundtracks

Hey Onbesli
Performed by Cem Yilmaz
Annon. Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A beautiful, heart-wrenching journey to all those that love the art of cinema.
27 December 2014 | by ipekmineSee all my reviews

One does not have to be Turkish or an ANZAC descendant to be interested and touched by this film.. doesn't need to be necessarily interested in history, either. The Water Diviner offers something for everyone who carries a heart and soul. It offers a beautiful yet heart-wrenching journey to all those that love the art of cinema.

If I were asked "what is this movie about?" I'd say it's an epic tale of love and hope, a beautifully crafted story inspired by real life, and a breath-taking masterpiece that makes you forget where you are, or what time/day/year it is. It really is a captivating film. The story itself may sound rather simple to some, but in my opinion it's a spectacular mix of reality and art. Hats off to Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight for their great work, the Water Diviner tells a magical tale and reminds us what wars do to people, to families.. and to our humanity. I cannot imagine anyone who won't be touched by this film, touched very deep inside, that is. Whoever that ever loved somebody or lost a beloved one –sibling, parent, child, significant other, or friend, you name it– may have their heart shattered during certain scenes of the Water Diviner.

Apart from the story, the characters too felt so "real", and the cast performances were nothing short of what one would expect from such brilliant names. Russell Crowe, as always, seemed to "live" the role, not "just act" it.. and I'm so very glad that Cem Yilmaz has been in such a special project. In an attempt to keep my review as short as possible, and choosing to comment on acting after I see the movie more than once, I won't go into detail of each and every name. But.. I have to say that Ryan Corr's performance was outstanding! He and James Fraser certainly nailed it, causing a flood of tears among the audience –during a certain scene of this duo, I could hear sniffles and see shoulders shaking among the audience.. and I'm not exaggerating one bit. Speaking of the scenes that certainly leave a mark on the viewer, I'd like to say that certain scenes from the battle field were spectacular – both technically and artistically. The scenes are so "real" that they take you from your seat and put you on Lone Pine battlefield , feeling scared.. helpless.. angry.. and questioning what a war is.. and if it's even worth it. And then, there is a specific scene which reflect how a war can make people lose their humanity and surface the ferocity of human nature. As my favorite scene from the epic Noah, the creation scene, reminded us all: "Brother against brother. Nation against nation. Man against the creation. We murdered each other. We broke the world, we did this. Man did this."

The fascinating art is not limited to battle scenes, though. Andrew Lesnie simply works miracles, turning the movie into a feast for the eyes –from the dust storm in Australia to the breath-taking views of Istanbul, the Water Diviner presents top-quality cinematography *thumbs up* Before I wrap up my words on this beautiful piece of art, I'd like to mention two of the many special scenes which may well be extra-touching for the Turkish: i) The scene where Jemal (portrayed by Cem Yilmaz) raises a toast to Mustafa Kemal: During the screening at the Istanbul premiere, the audience responded to this by loud and clear applause, and it certainly will remain an unforgettable scene for many, many Turks. ii) Another special part of the movie that I really loved is the old Turkish folk song Jemal sings –an old song called "hey fifteen year olds", telling the story of 15 year old boys leaving home to join the battle of Gallipoli.

Taken together, the Water Diviner tells a tale of love mingled with adventure, delivers a sea of emotions from grief to hope, and works the magic of cinema, reaching the viewers' heart and mind in a way that crosses all barriers of language, different cultures, politics, and history.

PS: the Water Diviner was rewarded standing ovation, and I believe this was not only because it's a great movie, it was also a heart-felt "thank you" to the director for such an honest story which the Turkish audience isn't used to seeing in foreign films about Turkey and its history.

Kudos and hats off to Russell Crowe & the entire cast and crew. The Water Diviner (Turkish title: Son Umut, i.e. 'the Last Hope') is a spectacular movie, a must-see, a masterpiece.


211 of 296 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 200 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed