The Shape of Water
First screened in October 2017
Director: Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nick Searcy, David Hewlett, Stewart Arnott, Nigel Bennett. Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.

Twitter Capsule: Del Toro's worlds feel both lushly and thinly imagined; his dreams are unique but I am squarely outside them.

VOR:   Shoots for the stars, or the waves, in playing with cinema as a sign system. Stakes challenging emotional claims. So why does it feel weirdly familiar?

Photo © 2017 Fox Searchlight Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion (Best Picture); Future Film Festival Digital Award
Chicago International Film Festival: Founder's Award

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