Guillermo del Toro on How ‘The Shape of Water’ Helped Him Process a Breakup

IndieWire | 10/19/2019 | Staff
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Mere days after taking home both Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for his monster-movie romance “The Shape of Water” in 2018, Mexican auteur Guillermo del Toro announced that he had recently divorced his wife of three decades. As revealed in a new interview with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah on their indie genre production company SpectreVision’s podcast “Visitations,” the film was, for del Toro, an elegy to lost love and the “transformation” that occurs during marriage, and its fallout.

“I wanted to make a song, a love song,” del Toro said of “The Shape of Water,” which he wrote and directed. “I wanted it to feel like a song that you listen to in the car with the top down on the PCH on the way to the beach, a really beautiful melody. I wanted to say what I think love is, which is very very simple, which is to see the other in its completeness, to really see you for who you are, because if you marry someone that necessarily has flaws…that’s impossible to remedy; you cannot ever remedy that.”

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