The Shape of Water (2017) Poster

Richard Jenkins: Giles



  • Giles : [interpreting Elisa]  When he looks at me, the way he looks at me... He does not know, what I lack... Or - how - I am incomplete. He sees me, for what I - am, as I am. He's happy - to see me. Every time. Every day. Now, I can either save him... or let him die.

  • [last lines] 

    Giles : If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love? I'm sure that's true. 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."

  • [first lines] 

    Giles : 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, it seems. 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, I don't know... Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice. Or perhaps I would just warn you, about the truth of these facts. And the tale of love and loss. And the monster, who tried to destroy it all.

  • 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.

  • Giles : We can do nothing! I'm sorry! But this, this, this is just - Oh God, it's not even human. God!

    [Elisa follows Giles into the hallway and hits the wall to get his attention] 

    Giles : What?

    Elisa : [in sign language]  If we / do nothing / neither are we.

  • Giles : He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else.

  • Giles : [to Elisa]  I have no one. And you are the only person that I can talk to. Now, whatever this thing is, you need it.

    [choking up] 

    Giles : So, you just tell me what to do.

  • Giles : [to the Amphibian Man sitting in the bathtub]  Have you always been alone?


    Giles : Did you ever have someone? Do you know what happened to you, do you? Because I don't. I don't know what happened to me.


    Giles : I don't know! I look in the mirror and the only thing I recognize, are these eyes. In this old man's face. You know sometimes I think I was either born too early or too late for my life. Maybe we're both just relics.

  • Giles : [interpreting Elisa]  I can either save him, or let him die.

  • Giles : Y'know, uh - cornflakes were invented to prevent masturbation. It didn't work.

  • Giles : [to Elisa, rapidly]  Now, you said that - you know, he was worshiped like a god. Now, is he a god? I dunno if he's a god. I mean he ate a cat, so I mean, I don't, I don't know! I don't know, but... I mean, we have to keep him around, a while... Little while.

  • Bernard : Oh, and they want the - them happier. The family.

    Giles : Happier?

    Bernard : Mm.

    Giles : Happier? The father looks like he just discovered the missionary position!

  • Giles : If I told you about her, what would I say? I wonder.

  • Giles : [shows Elisa his artwork]  Ta-dah. That's not bad, is it?

    [chuckles; Elisa shakes her head] 

    Giles : For being shit!


    Elisa : [in sign language]  It's not shit.

    Giles : Ah - listen: You eat, you go to bed, you rest...

    [grabs jacket] 

    Giles : And when I - get paid...

    [sighs and does a twirl; pause] 

    Giles : We get pie.

    Elisa : [in sign language]  Nothing for me.

    Giles : No, we don't get pie. I get pie! You get whatever you want!


    Giles : Hahhh.

    [gently touches her face] 

    Giles : Wish me luck.

    Elisa : [in sign language]  Good luck.

    [Alice Faye singing on TV: "Then I have only this to say..."; Giles looks back and smiles] 

  • Giles : Oh God! It's not even human.

  • Giles : Get him out? What are you talking about? No! Absolutely not!

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