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The Shape of Water
DIRECTOR Guillermo del Toro
CAST Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
An unforgettable and enchantingly beautiful grown-up fairy tale about the unlikely love between Sally Hawkins’ mute cleaner and an amphibious creature.
A magical and sensual other-worldly tale from the master of dark fantasy, set in 1960s America at the height of the Cold War. Lonely, mute Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a cleaner in a high-security government laboratory but her life changes significantly when she discovers a new specimen – a mysterious, amphibious creature. Guillermo del Toro’s distinctive vision is matched by an emotionally absorbing story about outsiders and the need to connect, brought to life by a stellar performance from Hawkins.
(2017 USA 123 mins)
Centered on an exquisite performance from Sally Hawkins that conveys both delicacy and strength, this is a visually and emotionally ravishing fantasy that should find a welcome embrace from audiences starved for imaginative escape… While the remarkable Hawkins carries every scene with her tender emotional transparency and joyously unabashed desire, the superb work from Jenkins, Stuhlbarg, Shannon and the wryly amusing Spencer — along with the vital roles their characters play in the unfolding action — makes this a robustly populated story. And the work of Jones cannot be over-praised in portraying the creature as a sentient being with a soulful inner life, driven by a yearning no less persuasive than that of Elisa. David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Original Score. Nominated for 13 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress and 12 BAFTAs and winner of the BAFTA for Best Director.
BBFC advice: Contains strong violence, language, sex and nudity
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