The Shape of Water


Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 6:15 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:119 min.
Director:Guillermo del Toro
Producer:J. Miles Dale
Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter:Guillermo del Toro
Vanessa Taylor
Cinematographer:Dan Laustsen
Editor:Sidney Wolinsky
Cast:Michael Shannon
Michael Stuhlbarg
Octavia Spencer
Print Source:Fox Searchlight


Eliza, a shy mute, is part of the midnight janitorial crew at a 1960s secret government facility when she forges a connection with one of its prisoners, a creature from a dark swamp. But what might have just been a Girl-meets-Gill-man story achieves enormous romantic sweep in the expert hands of director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and two beautiful, expressive performances from Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones as the unlikely couple. Amidst Cold War suspicion and paranoia, our pair is joined by a motley crew of outsiders (Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg) in what can only be described as a very adult love story, full of monsters, myth, and miracles. Del Toro has always been a master of dark fantasy, but never have we seen his adoration of film history on such full display as he effortlessly melds the erotic and the innocent to sublime, visually startling effect.

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Guillermo del Toro is among the most creative and visionary artists of his generation, whose distinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and author. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, del Toro first gained worldwide recognition for the 1993 Mexican-American co-production CRONOS, a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist. His subsequent films include, among others, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak. Del Toro earned international acclaim as the director, writer, and producer of the 2006 fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth. He was honored with an Oscar® nomination for his original screenplay for the film, which won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. In all, the film garnered more than 40 international awards and appeared on more than 35 critics’ lists of the year’s best films.