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: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., [2015]
Edition: Rental
Branch Call Number: DVD F WAT
Characteristics: digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda

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ba_library
Jul 24, 2017

Fairly good film about a father (Russell Crowe) who travels to Gallipoli after WWI to retrieve the bodies of his dead/missing(?) sons. Turkey was still fighting with the Greeks and for national independence at the time (1919). Rather sad, so many ANZAC soldiers died at Gallipoli, but as one character states - this was the only Father to come looking for his boys, so he finds some help. He has an instinctive ability (like water diving) for locating his own. His wife in Australia kills herself early on because he promised to bring his boys home. You'll have to watch to see if he finds them . . . also a terrible tale of the wholesale destruction of war.

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RescueDog
Jul 03, 2017

Not particularly believable, but nevertheless an awesome movie. I enjoyed a glimpse of a piece of history that I know almost nothing about. It was filmed on location in Australia & Turkey. I enjoyed seeing places I won't ever see in person.

AL_KATI Oct 10, 2016

I've been waiting for a film about Gallipoli and its aftermath, and this is it! Russell Crowe puts in a performance that reminds me of his "Gladiator" days.

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breemu
Aug 15, 2016

I really enjoyed this. The humanity given to people on opposing sides of a war, the love of a father that knew no bounds (Russell Crowe is wonderful in this), the glimpses of a foreign country and culture, the historical placement - it's a heartwarming, engaging movie from start to finish.

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firefly5
Jul 23, 2016

Wonderful movie! Russell Crowe is fabulous!

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MichelleinBallard
May 30, 2016

I liked this film and would have given it a higher rating had it not been for the historical revisionism that casts the Turks as unmitigated victims of Greek aggression. I'm not saying Turks should have been cast as bogeymen but the film should have at least depicted some of the complexity such as the Turkish mistreatment of/war crimes against Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks in Anatolia and elsewhere. Also, given the high divorce rate in Australia and other Anglo countries I found the dig at arranged marriages by the Ayshe character to be rather gratuitous.

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readyrisa
May 18, 2016

Outstanding movie!

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66healey
May 17, 2016

Quite an enjoyable movie with decent acting and good storyline.
A sobering reflection on war in general and the misery it causes for all sides involved.

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tauseef365
May 13, 2016

Was it perfect? Of course not. Was it enjoyable, entertaining, interesting, engaging, and well-made? Definitely.

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rick7white
Apr 02, 2016

Agree with all below comments.

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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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