Water Diviner is an astoundingly well composed film with beautiful photography and remarkable acting. Kudos to Russell Crowe for proving he’s as clever and insightful behind the camera as he is in front of it. I enjoyed it immensely.
It’s based on true events that happened to an Australian father who went to Gallipoli after the war to retrieve his sons’ bodies. In Australia he was able to use a divining rod to find water underground. He was clearly a man who was in tune with the force of nature and the energy forces that surrounded him. Something we could all do if we open our minds to it.
Water Diviner was nominated for 8 Australian Academy Awards and won three. This is one film that’s well worth your time and effort. I hope it wins in America, too.
What I particularly liked was the number of times Crowe’s character was told he can’t, what he was doing was impossible. He just didn’t listen – he knew he could. This mindset is something I’ve been writing about for the past 20 years. If you’re told you can’t, ask, “Why not?”