The Shape of Water

Certificate 15

(2017) 123 mins

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen
Production Design: Paul D Austerberry
Music: Alexandre Desplat


Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.  Also starring Octavia Spencer.

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Guillermo del Toro’s best film since Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water is a beguiling love story: a combo of creature feature, cold war spy thriller, escape drama, parable and poetic fantasy. The film leads with the heart, weaving together the elements of its silent protagonist, the mystical God-like amphibian from the Amazon on the harsh backdrop of a high-security government facility in the 60s, where most of the action takes place. It’s a masterful work and del Toro succeeds on all levels, delivering an unforgettable fairy tale and exquisite piece of visceral film-making that tugs on our emotions. We are intrigued, touched, heartbroken and elated.  Urban Cinefile

“A surprising and beautiful adult fairy tale.”  Radio Times

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