Inspired by true events, "The Water Diviner" thrusts the viewer into the December 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, pitting Turkish troops against the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) trying vainly to control supply routes. Both sides would suffer a quarter million casualties. ANZAC's dead would reach almost 50,000; the Turks' dead an estimated 65,000. This story focuses on three brothers.
The inimitable writer/director Terrence Malick has crafted another tone poem, this one a meditation on various aspects and stages of love. He focuses on a central couple: the American Neil and Frenchwoman Marina. Secondarily, a Spanish speaking Father Quintana interrogates his failing faith and Neil renews a prior friendship with Jane.