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The Shape of Water (2017)

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An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-securityo government labyrinth and oratory where she works, lonely Elisaô with (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forevuer when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discoverr a secret classified experiment.hri Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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As this is released in theaters the same year as Maudie (2016), it marks the first time Sally Hawkins has been the lead in two theatrical releases within the same year. In both films, she portrays a woman with a disability; In "Maudie" her character suffers from a result of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and in "Shape of Water" her character has a speech impediment. See more »

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Strickland: [to himself in the mirror] You deliver, that's what you do, you deliver. Right? RIGHT?
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An immersive sci fi film soon to become a classic
27 September 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is about a deaf mute cleaning lady learning to communicate in secret with gentle giant of a creature being experimented on and tortured by a US government agency.

She pities the way he is treated and that leads to displays of kindness and affection that are returned by the monster.

It is a lavish production with a few twists and turns along the way; it is suitable for all. I think it will become a classic before long.

A wonderful bonus was the way the two leading ladies played off of each other.

Truly a delightful film.

At my screening there was a very memorable Q&A with the director that I would like to share.

There were some rather technical questions about Japanese influences in his film (I will look for when I see it again).

The amount of time and effort to make a real (man in a suit) rather than CGI monster and that he financed it out of pocket for more than a year before he got financing from Fox.

A question about his colour pallet, and a comparison of his film with Beauty in the Beast from a little girl in the audience who spoke in Spanish.

He used this question as a springboard to talk about a few topics that were on his mind. You might know the director is from Mexico and now lives in Toronto. He went on to say that many of the problems in the United States are not the fault of Mexico.

Also, that the reason that there is so much conflict in the United States is because it is intentionally being done by the government.

It is pulling people apart and making them fight each other, because, it doesn't want people uniting together to go after the real problem, the 1%.

He said this to great applause. I hope that he has an opportunity to speak to many people about his view of America.

This film BTW was filmed in Toronto and premiered in the theatre that was used for many of the scenes.


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