In The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro once again blends reality and fantasy, crafting an unusual, transcendant love story.
Highly esteemed for his visual panache as seen in films like Pan‘s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Crimson Peak, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro spins another adult fairy tale with The Shape of Water, an unusual love story of opposites attracting each other.
Set in a secret U.S. government lab at the height of the Cold War, the mute cleaning lady Elisa stumbles upon a hidden room containing a mysterious amphibious being, trapped behind the thick glass of a water tank. Feeling inexorably drawn to the creature, Elisa is horrified at the abusive experiments conducted on it in the name of science and devises a plan.
Combining tenderness and violence along with hate, hope, love, loneliness, determination and power, The Shape of Water effortlessly moves between thriller, fantasy, drama, comedy and musical. Already awarded two Golden Globes and one Golden Lion, it remains a frontrunner for this year’s academy awards.