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La forme de l'eau (2017)

The Shape of Water (original title)
Tous publics | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 21 February 2018 (France)
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At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.



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From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fable 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. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Based on an idea by Daniel Kraus And Guillermo del Toro See more »


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Release Date:

21 February 2018 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La forme de l'eau  »

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Box Office


$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,564, 1 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,028,065, 22 March 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,949,500, 8 March 2018
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Sound Mix:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A series of photos depicting artist James Jean's progress on the poster artwork can be found on his Instagram page. On two such photographs, reference photos of the creature can be seen in the corner, presumably unreleased stills from the actual movie. See more »


Early in the movie, Strickland states he brought the creature back from the Amazon, where the natives worshiped it like a god. Later, as Elisa and Giles are attempting to take the creature from the lab, Hoffstetler, while helping them, says they need to add salt to his water along with the water conditioning chemicals he gives them in a box. The Amazon is a freshwater river, and if the creature was from from there, it would not be used to nor need a saltwater environment. However, that doesn't mean the water has 0 salinity. Amazon river salinity fluctuates over time and space and depending on where the creature is from, 3% (or 30psu) could be the appropriate salinity. Having said that, 30psu is nearly as high as regular marine water. See more »


[first lines]
Giles: If I spoke about it - if I did - what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the time? It happened a long time ago, it seems. In the last days of a fair prince's reign. Or would I tell you about the place? A small city near the coast, but far from everything else. Or, I don't know... Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to ...
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The Spirit of V.M.I.
Written by Benjamin Bowering
From the motion picture Mardi Gras (1958)
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This movie has a Heart, and its beautiful
27 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

I think the title of the review is enough to tell you that do not miss it. There was nothing like this movie at all last year(except for Blade Runner). The characters. story, direction, visuals, music score everything works for the movie.

The love story between a Monster and a Human is presented in a mesmerizing way. The fact that the two of them are similar in some respects (Both communicate to others through sign language) and tats why they understand and fall for each other is strikingly , beautifully portrayed.

Don't Miss the movie.

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