Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Running Time: 123 minutes
Certificate: 15 - strong violence, language, sex, nudity
WINNER OF 4 OSCARS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE AND BEST DIRECTOR FOR GUILLERMO DEL TORO
WINNER OF 3 BAFTA AWARDS INCLUDING BEST DIRECTION & BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC.
"Watch it and it’s magical; fantastic in all senses. It’s the biggest risk of del Toro’s career and it could not have paid off more."
- Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
"It offers what must be cinema’s uneasiest probing of the post-war American psyche since Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master - and is unquestionably del Toro’s best, richest film since his 2006 Spanish-language masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth"
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"It is hard to over-state how good Hawkins is in this role. Speech is an actor’s most potent weapon, but she gives a masterclass in how you to move and charm an audience without it"
- Brian Viner, Daily Mail
"The Shape of Water may just be his most touching fantasy yet."
- David Sexton, London Evening Standard
"Arguably del Toro’s best film to date (yes it may be better than Pan’s Labyrinth."
- Jimmy Nsubuga, Metro
"Del Toro provides just enough spade-work to keep the scheme plausible and his film is stylish and charming; red meat for the senses with some sugar on top."
- Geoffrey Macnab, Guardian
"This is a monster movie but it plays like a Beauty and the Beast-style romance."
- Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"The Shape of Water may not be suitable for children but it has enough disarming charm to briefly make you feel like one."
- Raphael Abraham, Financial Times
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.
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