The Water Diviner

2015 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Water Diviner

2015 R 1h 51m Blu-ray / DVD
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Following the carnage of the Gallipoli campaign, an Australian farmer travels from his home Down Under to the battlefields of Turkey in an attempt to find his three sons, all of whom went missing during the conflict.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Water Diviner is a World War I-era drama that doesn't shy away from the tragic cost of war, showing how soldiers and their families are affected physically, mentally, and emotionally -- that is, if they're lucky enough to stay alive. Though one of the main characters is a young boy, the film is better suited for teens and older, given the intense subject (many graphic war/battle/fighting scenes, plus themes including suicide, widowhood, and complex geopolitical issues). Expect some swearing ("bastard," "s--t," etc.), mild flirting, drinking, era-accurate smoking, and many scenes showing men shot and killed, with their limbs torn off and faces mangled.

Sexual Content

A man and a woman flirt. Hints that a woman is a prostitute; a man, presumably a client, waits outside her door. A group of soldiers bathes in the sea; some are seen from behind, nude.


Many graphic battle sequences (it's set during/after World War I). Men are shot with machine guns and blown up by bombs. Intense hand-to-hand combat scenes show people desperately fighting each other with anything at hand. Dead bodies are shown on the battlefield, including close-ups of people with limbs blown off and faces completely mangled by shrapnel and bullets.


Occasional strong language includes "bastard," "bugger," "ass," and "s--t."

Social Behavior

Relentless persistence is eventually rewarded. The many serious costs of war are examined. Other themes include loss, grief, and geopolitical issues.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink hard liquor in several scenes. At one point, a group of men shares drinks and then begins boisterously singing and dancing. Some smoking (accurate for the era).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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