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The Shape of Water

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Guillermo del Toro / US, 2017 / 123 min.

Modern fairy-tale monster film by Mexican horror master Del Toro. Elisa discovers a swamp creature from the Amazon at the laboratory. She is immediately fascinated by the aquaman and an odd, yet not impossible relationship develops between the two oddballs.

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This visually entrancing romantic drama is set at a secret army base in the 1950s. There the FBI has imprisoned a water creature it captured in the Amazon which it subjects to cruel tests. The creature rages in anger and frustration in a tank of water.

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