The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner
The Water Diviner
  • R
  • 1h 51m
  • 2015
Fresh61%
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In the aftermath of war, a father will search for peace. Inspired by true events, Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut with this epic and inspiring tale of one man's life-changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars as an Australian farmer who goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody World War I Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, he must travel cross the battle-scarred landscape to find the truth...and his own peace.

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Fresh61%
Critics Consensus: The Water Diviner finds Russell Crowe on somewhat uncertain footing as a director, but he's rescued by a strong performance from himself in the leading role.
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Violent WWI-era drama wastes story's potential.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Water Diviner is a World War I-era drama that doesn't shy away from the tragic cost of war, showing how soldiers and their families are affected physically, mentally, and emotionally -- that is, if they're lucky enough to stay alive. Though one of the main characters is a young boy, the film is better suited for teens and older, given the intense subject (many graphic war/battle/fighting scenes, plus themes including suicide, widowhood, and complex geopolitical issues). Expect some swearing ("bastard," "s--t," etc.), mild flirting, drinking, era-accurate smoking, and many scenes showing men shot and killed, with their limbs torn off and faces mangled.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 24, 2015
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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