The Shape of Water (film)

2017 American fantasy drama film by Guillermo del Toro

The Shape of Water is a 2017 film about a custodian at a government laboratory who discovers a captured amphibious humanoid creature.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.


[Note: all Elisa lines are through sign language]

  • [to Strickland] F-U-C-K Y-O-U
  • [To Giles] If we do nothing, neither we are.


  • [From Trailer] The Natives in Amazon worshiped it. Like a God. We need to take it apart, learn how it works
  • [After Elisa offers him a towel] Oh, no. No, a man washes his hands before or after tending to his needs. It tells you a lot about man. He does it both times-it points a weakness in character.
  • [On the Abphibian] You may think, "That thing looks Human". Stands on two legs, right? But- we're created on the Lord's image. You don't think that's how the Lord looks like, do you?
  • I do not fail. I deliver
  • [Last words before his death] Fuck. You ARE a God.


  • If I told you about her, the princess without voice, what would I say?
  • [interpreting Elisa] When he looks at me, he does not know - how - I am incomplete. He sees me... as I am.
  • Get him out? What are you talking about? No!
  • [interpreting Elisa] I can either save him, or let him die.
  • He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else.
  • [repeated line] This is some of my best work.
  • [to Elisa] Whatever this thing is, you need it.
  • But when I think of her, of Elisa, the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love hundreds of years ago. Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love. It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere.


  • Man is as silent as the grave. But if farts were flattery? Honey, he'd be Shakespeare
  • Some of the best minds in the country peein' all over the floor in this facility here
  • Short people are mean. I never met a short man that stays nice all the way through. No sir. Mean little backstabbers, all of 'em. Maybe it's the air down there. Not enough oxygen or somethin'.
  • [to Elisa] Oh! Woman, we gon' burn in hell!
  • [to Elisa] Yeah. That's good. Keep that up. Lookin' like you don't know anything.


Military Police: Their only concern is the asset.
Strickland: The Soviets want it.
Military Police: Do you have it?
Strickland: Sir, I'm getting it back.

  • [Talking about the Asset and wanting to help]
Giles: It's not even human.
Elisa: [in sign language] If we do nothing neither are we.

Giles: Oh! God, to be young and beautiful. If I could go back
  • [Elisa nods]
Giles: to when I was 18 - I didn't know anything about anything - I'd give myself a bit of advice.
Elisa: [in sign language] What would you say?
Giles: I would say: Take better care of your teeth and fuck, a lot more.
  • [Elisa smiles and gently nudges him]
Giles: Oh no, no, that's very good advice.

Strickland: [to Elisa] What'd you say to me?
Elisa: [in sign language] F - U - C - K
Strickland: What is she saying?
Elisa: Y - O - U
Zelda: Uh, I, I didn't catch it.
Strickland: [kicks the desk; pointing at Elisa] WHAT IS SHE SAYING?
Zelda: She, she is sayin' "Thank you"!


How Guillermo del Toro's 'Black Lagoon' Fantasy Inspired 'Shape of Water' (November 3, 2017)Edit

Guillermo del Toro, How Guillermo del Toro's 'Black Lagoon' Fantasy Inspired 'Shape of Water' (November 3, 2017).

  • The creature was the most beautiful design I'd ever seen, and I saw him swimming under Julie Adams, and I loved that the creature was in love with her, and I felt an almost existential desire for them to end up together. Of course, it didn't happen.
  • When I was in my 30s, I went to Universal and I said, "Can we do the movie from the point of view of the creature?" They didn't go for it. I said, "I think they should end up together." They didn't go for that, either.
  • It's not the creature, I don't think that creature is designed in a way that he can be a romantic lead. It's beautiful, but it's not a romantic lead.


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