The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
  • UK release: 16 February 2018

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through casting, score and production, it all gels superbly.

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A modern-day fairy tale about the unlikely romance between a mute cleaning lady and the mysterious creature imprisoned at the laboratory where she works. Both Elisa and the amphibian man are terribly lonely, and find happiness in the brief times they’re able to spend together. But the people running the lab see the creature as something sub-human so Elisa hatches a desperate plan to set him free.

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Guillermo del Toro struggles with success

19 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Guillermo del Toro insists "success isn't easy". The 53-year-old Mexican filmmaker is currently receiving lots of praise for his gothic romance 'The Shape of Water' - which scooped the most Academy Award and BAFTA nominations this year - but admitted…

Alexandre Desplat defends Guillermo del Toro's plagiarism accusations

19 Feb 2018

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Alexandre Desplat thinks it "makes no sense" that Guillermo del Toro has been accused of plagiarism. The critically-acclaimed director is currently under fire from 'Amelie' filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet after he claimed del Toro copied a scene from…

Doug Jones channels family dog for The Shape of Water character

14 Feb 2018

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Doug Jones channelled the instincts of the "family dog" while filming 'The Shape of Water'. The 57-year-old actor - who is best known for playing monsters on the big screen - has revealed that director Guillermo Del Toro told him he didn't want to…

Guillermo del Toro says filming Shape of Water was horrible

13 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Guillermo del Toro admits 'The Shape of Water' was "horrible to shoot". The 53-year-old Mexican filmmaker is currently receiving lots of praise for his gothic romance - which has received 13 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best…

Doug Jones defends Guillermo del Toro following plagiarism allegations

12 Feb 2018

Film gossip

Doug Jones has defended Guillermo del Toro following accusations he plagiarised another filmmaker. The critically-acclaimed director is currently under fire from 'Amelie' filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet after he claimed del Toro copied a scene from one…

Sally Hawkins didn't expect Shape of Water role

26 Jan 2018

Film gossip

Sally Hawkins expected someone "better, bigger, shinier" to get her role in 'The Shape of Water'. The 41-year-old actress portrays mute cleaning lady Elisa, who works at a government research facility in the 1950s and forms a bond with an Amazon sea…

The Shape of Water up for 13 Oscars

23 Jan 2018

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'The Shape of Water' leads this year's Academy Awards with 13 nominations. Guillermo del Toro's romantic creature feature is up for a host of top Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins…

The Shape of Water wins biggest accolade at Producers Guild Awards

21 Jan 2018

Film gossip

'The Shape of Water' won Best Theatrical Motion Picture at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night (20.01.18). The fantasy romance's director Guillermo del Toro was unable to collect the accolade at the 29th Annual ceremony held at the Beverly…

The Shape of Water leads BAFTA nominations

9 Jan 2018

Film gossip

'The Shape of Water' leads the BAFTA 2018 nominations. The latest movie by Guillermo del Toro came away with nods in 12 categories for this year's ceremony - which are set to be hosted by Joanna Lumley, who takes over from Stephen Fry - including…

Guillermo del Toro refuses to let orchestra ruin Golden Globes moment

8 Jan 2018

Film gossip

Guillermo del Toro demanded more time for his acceptance speech while picking up the Best Director prize at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (07.01.18). The 53-year-old filmmaker was awarded Best Director of a Motion Picture for helming…

Alexandre Desplat praises 'passionate' Guillermo del Toro

2 Jan 2018

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Alexandre Desplat has described Guillermo del Toro as a "passionate, generous filmmaker". The 56-year-old film composer teamed up with the Mexican filmmaker on his latest love story 'The Shape of Water' and admitted he believes this collaboration is…

Octavia Spencer felt like she was living in a bubble

12 Dec 2017

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Octavia Spencer felt she was "living in a bubble" on the set of 'The Shape of Water'. The 47-year-old actress has opened up about what it was like on the set of the science fiction turned romance film and how she kept in the character of a woman from…

Guillermo del Toro's new film inspired by Creature from the Black Lagoon

11 Oct 2017

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Guillermo del Toro's latest fantasy film 'The Shape of Water' was inspired by 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'. The 53-year-old Mexican filmmaker was obsessed with the classic 1954 Universal monster movie as a child but unlike most viewers he always…

Guillermo Del Toro's Shape of Water explores 'tolerance'

11 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Guillermo Del Toro's new film 'The Shape of Water' is about "acceptance and tolerance". The 53-year-old director is at the helm of the upcoming fantasy drama movie in which a mute girl named Elisa - played by Sally Hawkins - discovers an amphibious…

Richard Jenkins: Guillermo del Toro is a unique director

11 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Richard Jenkins has praised his 'The Shape of Water' director Guillermo del Toro for having unique talents as a filmmaker. The 70-year-old actor is one of the main stars of the romantic fantasy film which focuses on the improbable love story between…

Alexandre Desplat wanted organic score for The Shape of Water

11 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Alexandre Desplat tried to create a "very organic" score for 'The Shape of Water'. The 56-year-old Academy Award winning composer was responsible for writing the incidental music for the latest film by Guillermo Del Toro - which tells the story of an…

The Shape of Water

9 Oct 20175 stars

LFF 2017: Guillermo del Toro casts a spell with this tale of underwater love, starring Sally Hawkins

In thrall to the Golden Age of Hollywood and as meticulously manufactured as anything that came off that legendary production line, The Shape of Water conversely shares much of its DNA with the era's B-movies, while it demonstrates a more modern…

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water to star 'fish man' creature

5 Jan 2017

Film gossip

Guillermo del Toro's new movie 'The Shape of Water' will feature a "fish man". The 52-year-old filmmaker is currently working on his new project - which will star Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stulbarg, and Octavia Spencer…

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