Director Guillermo del Toro applies his off-kilter sensibility to this horror romance, which reads like an idiosyncratic collision of Edward Scissorhands, Amelie and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Like del Toro’s Spanish-language, out-and-out classics, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, The Shape Of Water is a fairytale studded with sharp barbs of horror - and a timely underlying theme about ‘forbidden’ love.
Sally Hawkins stars as Eliza, a mute, lonely woman whose only close friend is the eccentric neighbour in the next apartment - Giles (Richard Jenkins), a gay commercial illustrator who, like Eliza, lives alone. Each day, Eliza wakes up, puts some eggs on the boil, has a bath, enthusiastically pleasures herself, and then heads off to work on the bus.
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