Run time: 140 MINS

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones


Synopsis: Elisa 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.

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro [The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)] comes The Shape of Water – another-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the top-notch ensemble cast are Michael Shannon (a sadistic army man) Richard Jenkins (Elisa’s neighbour, Giles), Michael Stuhlbarg (a Russian double agent) and Doug Jones (amphibian love interest).

An utterly romantic dark fantasy and a beautiful bizarre allegorical adult love story with glorious ethereal cinematography from Dan Lausten and a luscious score from Alexandre Desplat.

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