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.
The Shape of Water Ending Scene
Del Toro has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his wildly creative genre films. Now, his latest feature film is The Shape of Water , which puts a new spin on both monster flicks and fairy tales. The Shape of Water follows a mute woman named Elisa Sally Hawkins who works as a nighttime janitor at government research facility in s Baltimore.
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Decades of psychological research tell us that humans crave certainty and closure. Ambiguity, on the other hand, makes us deeply uncomfortable. It goes against our very nature, one that seeks to know things conclusively and to understand them and to feel safe in that knowledge and understanding. It manages to turn ambiguity into a sense of closure; mystery into beauty. As an infant, Elisa was found on the side of a river with her throat slashed, which rendered her speechless and gave her three large scars along the side of her neck. She thus has trouble connecting with people; her only friends are her co-worker, Zelda, who doubles as her sign-language interpreter at the lab, and her neighbor, Giles, an artist.
Elisa's Past Explained
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. We know Elisa was found as an orphaned child with cuts on her neck that slashed her voice box and made her unable to speak.