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The Water Diviner


Academy Award wining actor Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut in the magnificent sweeping epic, “The Water Diviner”. As rugged  Australian farmer John Connor. (Russell Crowe) his transformative journey begins as he leaves his  farm  to find his three presumed dead sons after the bloody Battle of Gallipoli seem in vivid flashbacks. Connor travels to Istanbul and encounters military resistance in his search for the remains of his sons. He is aided by the beautiful widow and hostel owner Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko)and Major Hassan  (Yilmaz Erdodan),a Turkish officer who fought in opposition to the English occupation ( who won a well deserved Australian Best Actor award)  in his trek across the  battled scarred Turkey. Olga has her own challenges as a single mother of the adorable Orhan( Dylan Georgiades )The scenes between Connor and Ayshe  are passionate and romantic beyond words. Director Crowe and the screenplay evenly  handles the Turkish point of view. The cinematography is breathtakingly rich  in color and authentic culture of the 1919 period.  Despite the violent and life defining obstacles on his path, Connor makes his peace with love, loss and war. 

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