If you are not already a Russell Crowe fan, you must see The Water Diviner.
He not only gives a touching, heartfelt performance, he also navigates his way through directing his first feature film. As a diviner in the Australian outback, Crowe's character is trained in the art of finding water far beneath the earth using diviner rods, but can his special skills help him find his 3 sons after receiving word they have been killed in Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli?
It is worth the price of admission to find out.
This film takes you on a moving journey that you will not soon forget.
Sitting in on a Q and A with Crowe after, people wept, both with their connection to the film, and with current times of war and loss. Crowe also gave insight into his directing style, actor's boot camp-- "YOU must know your lines on my set." His philosophy of a happy crew is a productive crew, he told the audience of 500 at the DGA on Friday night (April 3): "I have been on harmonious sets, and I have been on horrific sets. I have been acting on features for 25 years so, sitting in the director's chair, I know where they are coming from, and what i can give them to get the best performance."
He got truly amazing performances out of the mostly Turkish cast. He also had 2 weeks set aside for rehearsal after the boot camp.
"Preparation equals performance," Crowe said, "And I hope this film is successful, so I can do it again."
He was so involved with the film's end result, he told the crowd that he practically moved in with the the editor for two months. He also picked the film score and very powerful end song, "Love Is My Alibi," performed by Kris Fogelmark.
The Water Diviner hits U.S. theaters in limited release on April 24th.
It's based on a true story and portrays the power of a father's love. We suggest you find it at a location near you.
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