Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner

Russell Crowe is not typically a laid-back guy, so it stands to reason that his directorial debut, "The Water Diviner," is a big sprawling drama about fatherhood and making amends.

Crowe stars as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, a father whose sons were last seen fighting in the World War I battle at Gallipoli. Connor heads to Turkey to search for what's left of them, and while he's there, he stays at a hotel owned by a widow (Olga Kurylenko) for a little romantic subplot action. As per the title, Connor has a special talent for finding water and other buried things - like painful secrets from the past and bodies of fallen soldiers, no doubt.

"The Water Diviner" opens on April 24, 2015, in limited cities.