NV17: The Shape of Water

1 h 59 min  |  Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Night Visions  |  Release Date: 22.11.2017

”In 1963, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a janitor at a US government laboratory. One night, a strange, amphibious creature (del Toro regular 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.

Strange marvels abound in The Shape of Water. Marshalling these remarkable performances together with stunning production design, fluid camerawork, and Alexandre Desplat's gorgeous score, del Toro delivers unforgettable film poetry. Movie fans will luxuriate in the wealth of references to classic monster movies and mid-century thrillers. Some will note the film's layered subtexts of social critique. But none of that is necessary to enjoy the pure pleasure of watching a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, exploring the world he most loves.” - Cameron Bailey / Toronto International Film Festival

"Magnificent, unforgettable film" - William Friedkin

”Just saw The Shape of Water... Guillermo is way beyond genius!” - Gary Sherman

”One of the director's most stunningly successful works, it’s also a powerful vision of a creative master feeling totally, joyously free” - Ben Croll / IndieWire

”This meticulously crafted jewel is del Toro's most satisfying work since Pan's Labyrinth” - David Rooney / The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Rating: 16

Language: English, no subtitles


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