At the height of the Cold War, two workers in a US government laboratory discover a terrifying secret experiment in this otherworldly fairytale from Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). Del Toro has the ability to miraculously transform his vivid imagination to the screen and to use the fantasy genre to comment on the horrors of reality (race, politics, sexuality). Peppered with cinematic references and a work of unparalleled visual beauty with each and every frame a work of art, del Toro delivers unforgettable film poetry.
We delve into The Shape of Water in our February film podcast. Skip to the 3.28 mark to hear what we had to say.