... and redemption. Here's the trailer for Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner, in which he also stars as a man who lost all of his sons in World War I. On a mission to bring their bodies home, he discovers that one may not have died after all.

One of the earliest reviews for the film from The Guardian — which will be out in Australia on December 26 and not seen in the States until April 24 — is pretty positive. We also learn a bit more about how the protagonist's mystical connection to water plays into the family drama:

Early in the film we learn of Joshua's unusual ability to know where water is, a sort of Horse Whisperer for H2O. That this sixth sense doesn't feel dramatically clumsy or downright preposterous is one of the film's subtle but significant achievements. If it had come across as silly read-the-tea-leaves superstition, something in the vein of an M Night Shyamalan brain bubble, it could have dealt a deathblow to the goodwill Crowe carefully nurtures. The Water Diviner may be fable-like, painted with broad brush strokes and signposted emotions, but there is an emotional truth at its core that is both wholesome and compelling.

Joshua's weird gift also gives the film an allegorical depth you wouldn't expect if you watched many of the scenes by themselves, particularly those based in the hotel with the sort-of love interest Ayshe, where it is slowest and least interesting. That she can accurately interpret cups of coffee (yes, really) is perhaps one psychic future-by-fluid pour too far.


The Guardian also mentions that the film has Joshua meet some of the people responsible for what happened to his sons, we see forgiveness is the redemption he's really looking for. The review calls the film "melodrama with a big heart," which may or may not be your specific cup of tea.

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