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thumbnail Shape of Water (2017 USA)

Event, Fantasy, Genre, Romance , trackback

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Duration: 120 mins

In Guillermo del Toro’s new cold war-era film, Elisa, the cleaner at a shady Baltimore laboratory, swabs out the toilets alongside the hard-bitten Zelda. “Some of the best minds in the country,” sniffs Zelda disapprovingly, “and they still pee all over the floor in here.” Elisa is mute, unable to speak since she was a child. One morning a big metal tank is wheeled into the basement. It contains an exotic amphibian recently fished from a South American river. The creature is dangerous – it devours cats and human fingers. But Elisa is entranced and takes to stealing downstairs whenever she has time to spare, placing hard-boiled eggs on the rim of the tank and waiting for the beast to come and eat his lunch.
The Shape of Water isn’t simply a romance, but a B-movie thriller as well – which naturally means the clandestine meetings can’t last.

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