Guillermo Del Toro
The Shape of Water
D: Guillermo del Toro; C: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins; USA, 2017; 119'
According to the critics, The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro's best work since Pan's Labyrinth. 2017 Venice FF Golden Lion Award.
Baltimore, 1962. Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret - a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lie in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
"Water takes the shape of whatever is holding it at the time and although water can be so gentle, it's also the most powerful and malleable force in the universe. That's also love, isn't it? It doesn't matter what shape we put love into, it becomes that, whether it's man, woman or creature." (Guillermo del Toro)