1 INT. ELISA’S APARTMENT / RIVER FOOTAGE - NIGHT 1
We float at the bottom of a river. Surrounded by water.
Fish swim away. Debris floating in the water-
And, then, a lamp floats by-
A coffee pot-
GILES / NARRATOR
If I spoke about it-If I did- what
would I tell you, I wonder? Would I
tell you about the time...? It
happened a long time ago- in the
last days of a fair Prince’s
reign... Or would I tell you about
the place? A small city near the
coast but far from everything
else... Or would I tell you about
her? The princess without voice...
Or perhaps I would just warn you of
the about the truth of these facts
and the tale of love and loss and
the monster that tried to destroy
Camera pushes and we see: An entire apartment underwater.
Objects and furniture float, gently suspended, defying
Asleep on/above her bed --half floating, half weighed down:
ELISA. Roughly 30, but ageless, with child-like eyes, dark,
lush hair and a thin, beautiful mouth slightly curved into asatisfied smile.
She slowly settles/drifts down on the mattress below as an
early digital alarm clock lazily floats over a night table
The alarm goes off!
-Elisa opens her eyes. Lifts the mask, looks around: No water
Slowly, she gets up. An ambulance red light brieflyilluminates the apartment, its siren fading rapidly.
Barefoot, she heads to the bathroom: We see that light is
emanating from her FLOORBOARDS.
Music and dialogue leaks up through the floorboards too.
She readies the bathtub
“... No God could be pleased withthe death of a child at the
Camera goes through floor into
1B INT. CINEMA - SAME 1B
-the ornate ceiling- and into-
The STORY OF RUTH plays to an-
-almost empty theater- One patron or two are asleep.
THE SHAPE OF WATER.
1C INT. ELISA’S APARTMENT - SAME 1C
three eggs into a pot of boiling water and heads for thebathroom. On the way there- she picks up an egg timer and
casually winds it.
2 INT. ELISA’S BATHROOM 2
She disrobes- Revealing: On both sides of her neck: two
keloid scars, diagonal and about three inches long.
“...Who’s the man?”
Mahlon, the Judean artisan...”
The voices from below continue as she steps into the bathtub:
Water overflows and hits the tiled floor.
She sinks in. A deep sigh.
She sets the egg timer to TWO MINUTES.
She sighs. Then rubs her hand with soap, plants her two feeton the base of the tub, sighs again and goes to work on
herself, gently, slowly-
but with the timer ticking awayShe’s
almost there when the timer DINGS.
3 INT. KITCHEN, ELISA’S APARTMENT - SAME
A WALL CLOCK- its minute hand slides into position- TACK!:
Elisa rips off a leaf from a wall calendar and opens a
window, letting the fresh air in. Her hair is wet and she
nervously looks at the clock on the wall.
The Calendar leaf back reads: “Time is but a river flowing
from our past.”
Elisa stares at a WALL OF SHOES. Chooses a GREEN PAIR.
Shines them, quietly- alone- at the table. Puts them on.
Another siren goes by.
She takes out 3 hardboiled eggs-still steaming- out of a
pot. Uses the calendar sheet to pack one, plus saltines and a
small mustard and a half pickle sandwich on a paper bag.
Two eggs and a half sandwich go onto a small plate.
She undoes the three locks on her door (light & musicintensifies still emanating from the floorboards) and4
INT. APARTMENT CORRIDOR - NIGHT 4
-exits her apartment. We see the “shadowing” of old brass
letters -some are still there- they read “DELIVERIES”
She goes to the door directly across from hers (similar sign:
“PROCESSING”). A TV can be heard inside.
She uses a key to let herself in.