The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner
  • 2014
  • Australia / Turkey / US
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Russell Crowe
  • Cast: Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Russell Crowe
  • UK release: 3 April 2015

Connor (Crowe) is an embittered Australian farmer after WW I who, following the suicide of wife Eliza (McKenzie), goes to Turkey in the hope of finding the bodies of his dead sons. Crowe as director fashions a sombre, intelligent and surprisingly assured historical drama, with fine performances.

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Russell Crowe directs and stars in this film about a father coming to terms with the death of his three sons in the battle of Gallipoli. In order to make sense of his grief he undertakes the journey from Australia to Turkey, attempting to find the bodies of his sons in order to bury them properly. What follows is an epic tale about the lengths a parent will go to for their children, and the ongoing legacy of war. A stand-out performance from Crowe, and beautiful visuals and cinematography make this film a visual and emotional treat.

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The Water Diviner

30 Mar 20153 stars

Earnest drama which finds Russell Crowe behind as well as in front of the camera

While any director who chooses to end a film on his own smiling face clearly needs reining in, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut is a well-mounted and surprisingly assured piece of historical drama. Looking into the aftermath of World War I, Crowe…

Russell Crowe: Intuition can give us insight

18 Mar 2015

Film gossip

Russell Crowe wanted to explore the power of intuition in his movie 'The Water Diviner'. The 50-year-old actor stars as Joshua Connor in the movie, which is set in World War I and sees the Australian farmer travel to Turkey following the Battle of…

Russell Crowe for directorial debut

19 Jun 2013

Film gossip

Russell Crowe is set to make his directorial debut. The 'Man of Steel' actor will helm his first feature film, 'The Water Diviner', and will also star in the project, according to Deadline. The film is set in 1919 and centres on an Australian man who…

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