• The Water Diviner (2015)

The Water Diviner

Release Date: April 24th, 2015

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Four years after the Battle of Gallipoli, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to find his three sons, who never returned home from the war. When he arrives in Istanbul, he meets others who have also suffered losses: hotelier Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko) and her son, Orhan, who befriends Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor's sons and now may be their father's only hope in finding closure.

Cast: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Dylan Georgiades, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas

Director: Russell Crowe

Genres: Historical drama , War

Production Co: Hopscotch Features, Fear of God Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Quest, Son, Friend, 2010s, Intense, Wife, Sacrifice, Soldier, Brooding, Hotel

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    After toiling for the likes of Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, and Peter Weir all these years, Crowe takes command of his own camera crews and castmates, mounting an ambitious and sentimental period drama. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film gives a lot of space to emotions, but Crowe reins in his outsized personality to contribute an affecting, understated performance and, as director, underplays the allegories, particularly the recurring water motif, so they seep through the narrative organically. show more

  • 70
    Screen International

    The Water Diviner is a heart-warming tale of family, love and sacrifice told with four-square enthusiasm and manliness by director and star Russell Crowe. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Costume Design
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Winner Best Supporting Actor
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Editing
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Winner Best Film
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Visual Effects or Animation
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Production Design
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Original Screenplay
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Lead Actor
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2014)