The Shape of Water by Guillermo del ToroIt is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.
Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.
But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.
What is Shape of Water about? What you need to know about the Best Picture at the Oscars
Last night at the Oscars we saw visionary and Konami adversary Guillermo del Toro walk away with both Best Director and Best Picture for The Shape of Water , his science-fiction fairy tale about a love story between a mute woman and an amphibious fish god, which is exactly as weird as it sounds. But also rather sweet, and an incredible film that deserves all its accolades and statues. Spoilers follow. The film focuses mainly on the mystery of the creature. We know he was pulled out of South America where he was worshipped as a god by the locals, and he has some measure of regenerative powers, both on himself, and the ability to heal wounds on others as well as do odd things like regrow hair on a bald man. But I think the more interesting questions are not about the creature, but instead about Elisa, the mute lead of the film.
Set in Baltimore , Maryland , in , the story follows a mute cleaner at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid amphibian creature. Filming took place in Ontario , Canada, between August and November
Set in , The Shape Of Water tells the story of a lonely mute cleaner called Elisa Esposit Sally Hawkins , an orphan who was found washed up in a river as a child with injuries to her neck. Living above a cinema, Elisa communicates through sign language and works at a secret government lab in Baltimore, US. At work her colleague Zelda Octavia Spencer , an African-American housewife and cleaner, acts as an interpreter for Elisa. Her other friend is next-door neighbour Giles Richard Jenkins , a closeted advertising illustrator. Elisa learns the creature is a humanoid amphibian. Curious, she begins to visit the creature in secret and forms a bond with him.