OSCAR WINNER OF 2018
This year the movie that won Oscar prize was The Shape of Water. It is a 2017 American romantic fantasy drama film that was directed by Guillermo del Toro. The stars are Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer.
What is the plot or the story about? Here it is.
The story is about a girl named Elisa Esposito who is found in a river and is orphaned child who is also mute and can communicate with others through sign language. She lives alone in an apartment above a cinema. She works as a cleaning woman at a secret government laboratory in Baltimore. Her friends are her next-door neighbor Giles, a gay advertising illustrator who shares a bond with her and her colleague Zelda who is an African-American woman.
In the lab, there is a tank with a mysterious creature in it that is captured from a South American river by Colonel Richard Strickland. Elisa becomes curious about the creature and she finds out that the creature is a humanoid amphibian and secretly visits him until they make a close bond together.
The creature is there for some experiments to be done on him relating to space and Elisa wants to make him free and asks for help from her friend.
She is successful with the plan of escaping him and she keeps him in her bathtub at home, adding large amounts of special salts to the water, planning to release him into a nearby canal when it opens to the ocean in several days. At the apartment, Giles discovers the creature eating one of his cats. Startled, the creature slashes Giles's arm and bolts from the apartment. The creature gets as far as the cinema downstairs before Elisa finds him and returns him to her apartment. The creature touches Giles on his balding head and his wounded arm, and the next morning, Giles discovers that his hair has partly grown back and the wounds on his arm are healed. Elisa and the creature soon become romantically involved.
On the other side, the researchers are trying to find the creature and give an ultimatum to Elisa and her helper.
As they are trying to escape at the canal, Elisa and Giles bid farewell to the creature, but Strickland arrives and attacks them all. Strickland knocks Giles down and shoots the creature and Elisa, who both appear to die. However, the creature heals himself and slashes Strickland's throat. As the police arrive on the scene with Zelda, the creature takes Elisa and jumps into the canal, where deep underwater he heals her. When he applies his healing touch to the scars on her neck, she starts to breathe through gills. In a closing narration, Giles expresses his belief that Elisa lived "happily ever after" with the creature.
The story is a fiction and is a fantasy but it shows as always love wins and can overcome all the obstacles.
No wonder the movie won the prize in 2018.