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.
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?