The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner

DVD - 2015
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In 1919, an Australian farmer travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. With insurmountable obstacles he must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Entertainment One Films, ©2015
Branch Call Number: WAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 111 minutes)
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SAPL454
Jul 17, 2019

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A beautiful father-son reunion that shows classic family values!

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PG, 14+

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ScorchingSun
Jul 16, 2019

After war's enmities and suspicions are past, a glimpse of how basic human emotions are universally shared.
Russell Crowe gives a strong, softly determined performance as a father suffering from an unbearable sense of loss.
Well made, with beauty revealed in an ugly setting.

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chetanka
Feb 01, 2019

This is a great movie! Has adventure, travel, history and love.

Made in Turkey and Australia it takes place four years after the Gallipoli tragedy.

The little lad who befriends Russell Crowe in his search for the three sons lost in the Gallipoli massacre is enchanting.

The Blue Mosque is gorgeous! Actually, all the scenery is an education to this little travelled reader so thank you EPL for having this film for us.

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ralwal
Dec 29, 2018

Even though the movie was somewhat implausible at times, We enjoyed the acting, the locations and the history.

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maipenrai
Nov 24, 2018

I cannot stand films about real events that provide little or no historical context. The Ottoman Empire fought on the side of the Germans during WWI. There was a reason why the Australians fought at Gallipoli. As First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill proposed to send his naval fleet through the the Dardanelles strait, a narrow 38-mile passage that divides Europe from Asia in northwest Turkey, to seize Constantinople. He believed the invasion would give the British a clear sea route to their ally Russia and knock the fading Ottoman Empire out of the war. The invasion and battle of Gallipoli were a disaster and Churchill resigned from the government. The defense of the Dardanelles was conducted by the German general Liman von Sanders. Part of the failure was the inability of the French and British navies to successfully breach the Dardanelles. Another major factor was that Churchill asked for 100,000 men for the invasion and was given 25,000. Also the Turks mounted a strong defense. In addition, there is an entire fact of history that is simply omitted from the story. Simultaneously with the invasion, the Armenian genocide started in earnest on 24 April 1915 with the arrest and deportation of thousands of Armenian political leaders and intellectuals by the Turkish government. This act triggered widespread massacres that subsequently killed an estimated 1 million Armenians. The combination of outright killings and forced marches through the Syrian Desert constituted one of the earliest examples of a ‘crime against humanity’… The genocide of this ancient Christian community made no exception for women and children and was conducted with a barbarity that shocked even officers of the Ottoman’s German allies, some of whom witnessed the gruesome scenes first hand. With this film, however, we are left with the idea that the ANZAC forces had no reason to be fighting and that the Turks were the "good guys" who help our "water diviner" find his dead sons. Then we have to believe that in the mass graves, two Australian bodies are easily found and because of a vision our hero knows where his third son is. And of course, our hero has time to fall in love - rather resilient of him given his wife's suicide. The plot line is totally unconvincing to me. Since historical context is virtually ignored, I think the same should happen to this film!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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milirick
Aug 07, 2018

Probably one of the most moving of Crowe’s roles since Cinderalla Man. A moving blend of spirituality, history, religion, war, and family drama. This movie makes you feel you are back 100 years ago to the waning days of the Ottoman Empire and the disaster that was the First World War. More a movie about forgiveness and closure than a war movie it is without a doubt one of the best movies made about the consequences of Australian participation in WW1.

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erinsnest
Jul 04, 2018

July 4 2018.....I really enjoyed this.....but what was in that cup of coffee at the end????......I see the book is available in audio in our library system....I hope if I listen to that it will explain?

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marieloudavril
Jun 05, 2018

Wonderful movie full of emotions of a father who lost his 3 sons in a war battle and his wife who takes her life. Story filled with deep emotions, sensitivity and deep and real love. Great acting performance of Russell Crowe. Worth it to watch until the end. Great places to see Australia and middle East.

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akirakato
May 23, 2018

Directed by Russell Crowe in 2014 loosely based on the book of the same name by Andrew Anastasios and Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, this docudrama depicts the journey to Galipoli of an Australian farmer, Joshua Connor (Crowe), who travels to Turkey soon after World War I to find his three sons.
So well-known is the Gallipoli Campaign that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu in modern Turkey) in the Ottoman Empire between 17 February 1915 and 9 January 1916.
The peninsula forms the northern bank of the Dardanelles, a strait that provided a sea route to the Russian Empire, one of the Allied powers during the war.
Intending to secure it, Russia's allies, Britain and France, launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula, with the aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul).
If you're interested in this historical battle, this is a must-see.

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mr_chocolate
May 15, 2018

I found Russell Crowe's directorial debut fairly good, but found that the editing could have been tighter, and found it to be a somewhat unlikely ending.
For someone that does not know the events, the beginning scene seemed confusing and ended up not helpful, as the story slowly evolves.
The special feature on the DVD, Making Of: The Water Diviner, had brief interviews with the director. Was nice to see that the film was filmed on location in Australia and Turkey, as pointed out in the film, Gallipoli was a graveyard of 7,000 Turks and 3,000 Australians.

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jimg2000
Sep 09, 2015

-You're so clever. You can find water but you can't even find your own children.

Joshua: You know where I live, my home? Sometimes it doesn't rain for three or four years at a time. We have to find water that's fallen through cracks in the earth.
-How do you find it underground?
Joshua: Well, there's the trick. You have to feel it.

Ayshe: We decide everything here by coffee. Business, holidays. Even our husbands.
Joshua: And that works?
Ayshe: When two families come together to arrange a marriage, the young girl serves them coffee. If it is sweet, she approves of the match. If it is bitter, go away. The more sugar, the deeper the love.

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jimg2000
Sep 09, 2015

-This was the Ottoman Empire, one of the largest empires the world has ever known, and presently it's being carved up. The Bolshies, they want the Black Sea. The French and Italians, they want the Aegean. And currently, in Anatolia, where the prison camps were incidentally, the Turks and the Greeks are turning the place into a complete and utter blood bath. So where, pray, in all this madness would you like us to start
looking for your son?

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jimg2000
Sep 09, 2015

- My apologies, Major. Admiral Calthorpe will have to reschedule your meeting. Perhaps next Tuesday? Does that suit?
Major Hasan: Yes. If your Admiral could also reschedule the Greeks.
- Allow us to handle the Greeks through proper diplomatic channels. Let us not have another war.
Hasan: It's the same war. It hasn't ended.

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jimg2000
Sep 09, 2015

Preacher: As the book of Job teaches us, God sets these trials for a reason. Many families in the district have made similar sacrifices for king and country. You know, you have a gall coming in here, making demands. You haven't stepped inside this place for four years, you haven't been to confession, you're all but lost to God.
Joshua: Yes. And you and God can feed me to the pigs for all I care. But you knew this woman. She was here every Sunday. I've dug the grave, I made the coffin, all I'm asking you to do is say some words and throw some dirt.

-Do you know what the army used to do with the rank and file dead after Waterloo, Crimea, Khartoum? They would dig an enormous bloody pit and rake the whole lot in
with a few handfuls of lime. No names. Horse, mules and the men. All turned into fertilizer. This is the first war anyone has given a damn.

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john_doh17
Jul 02, 2015

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Galipoli to search for his three missing sons.

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