THE SHAPE OF WATER is an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa (mute) and Zelda (talkative) work as cleaners in a top-secret government laboratory post-cold-war. It seemed like a routine job until someone dies during their shift and they were asked to mop up the place. Elisa discovered a Fish-Man held by the facility and gets help from her best friend and Zelda to recuse ‘it’ (soon to be him) and things take an unusual turn from there.