A closer look at… The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is rated 15 for strong violence, language, sex, nudity

The Scoop

It’s the height of the Cold War, and Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a cleaner at a military facility in Baltimore. She’s isolated by her disability – she’s mute – but has two true friends in Giles (Richard Jenkins), her artist neighbour, and Zelda (Octavia Spencer), her warmhearted co-worker.

When a man called Strickland (Michael Shannon) arrives at the facility with a mysterious ‘asset’ in tow, Elisa is immediately intrigued. This scaly creature (Doug Jones), worshipped as a God by Amazon tribes, is in danger of being killed and dissected by a government only interested in gaining an advantage over the Russians.

Elisa vows to save him – and in the process her tentative bond with the creature becomes a strange and wonderful love affair.

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