The Shape of Water

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USA | 2017 | 123 minutes | Guillermo del Toro

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Winner of two Golden Globes: Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) and Best Score (Alexandre Desplat). No filmmaker has plumbed the soul of screen monsters with more fire and empathy than Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). The Shape of Water is his strongest expression yet of the shivering appeal of monsters, and the unsettling notion that the monstrous can be revealed in many forms.

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In 1963, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a janitor at a US government laboratory. One night, a strange, amphibious creature (Doug Jones) is wrangled into the facility. Elisa is more fascinated than frightened. What scares her more is the threat posed by the federal agent in charge (Michael Shannon). Cruel and self-serving, he seems convinced the surest way to handle the mysterious creature is to kill it. With the help of her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer), and a sympathetic scientist (Michael Stuhlbarg), Elisa hatches a plan to save the creature's life, at the risk of her own.

  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Principal Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 123 minutes
  • Producer: J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro
  • Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Cinematographers: Dan Laustsen
  • Language: English, American Sign Language
  • Rating: R

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