The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment - a mysterious, beautiful scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa quickly falls in love with the Amphibian Man, she soon learns that his fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. Elisa Esposito is a mousy, curious woman rendered mute by an injury she sustained as an infant. She works the night shift as a custodian at the Occam Aerospace Research Center in early 1960s Baltimore. One day, the facility receives a new "asset" discovered by the cruel and abusive Colonel Richard Strickland in the rivers of South America. After Elisa has a brief encounter with the Asset, which she discovers is an amphibian humanoid creature, she begins sneaking into the enclosure. Elisa spends time with the Amphibian Man, feeding him hard-boiled eggs and sharing music through records played on a portable turntable. Over time, the two become close.