It’s 1962. Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins, HAPPY GO LUCKY, BLUE JASMINE) works in a top-secret government laboratory - but as a janitor, she’s far from the action. That is, until she discovers an amphibious, humanoid creature in a water tank, undergoing scientific testing. Lonely and mute, Elisa befriends the creature and soon falls in love. But with the Cold War in full swing, the government is willing to do anything to prevent its prize test subject from falling into enemy hands.
From the monstrous mind of director Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH; HELLBOY; CRIMSON PEAK) comes a romance beyond words and beyond humanity. THE SHAPE OF WATER was inspired by del Toro’s childhood daydreams of a more romantic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - and the result reflects a master at the top of his game.
As Elisa, Academy Award nominee Hawkins delivers a magnetic performance alongside co-star Doug Jones, the creature-actor extraordinaire seen in many del Toro films. Also featuring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and nominees Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, THE SHAPE OF WATER won near-unanimous praise at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Stylish, suspenseful, and romantic, it’s a sure-fire favorite of the holiday movie season.