The Shape of Water

Release Date: December 1st, 2017

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2018

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. 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 lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Genres: Fantasy , Romance

Production Co: TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Love , Heartwarming , Rescue , Endearing , Escape , Moving , 1960s , Mystery , Friend , Friendship , Emotional , Creative

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    This meticulously crafted jewel is del Toro's most satisfying work since Pan's Labyrinth. show more

  • 100
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    Guillermo del Toro channels all the streams that make him unique into The Shape Of Water, pouring his heart, soul and considerable craft into an exquisite creature fable. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Ms. Hawkins reminds us how intense silent films could be. She gives the best performance of the year with the most heart-piercing silence you’ve ever seen. show more

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Awards

Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2018)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Winner Directing
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Winner Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Picture
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Production Design
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)