Ivy (a rather sensational Kelly Murtagh, who is also Shapeless' co-writer) suffers through the narrative, fighting to become a singer in the labyrinth-like underground music scene, whilst also not letting the monster her eating condition has created overtake her.
Wrenchingly sad, Shapeless is a melancholic affair that manages to keep the audience’s attention with several visually arresting sequences (The Wolf of Snow Hollow’s Natalie Kingston’s cinematography is haunting). Certainly Aldana feels a director worth keeping an eye on, who may do great things for the genre hereafter. Where Shapeless falls down is in a sense of being overstretched. There is a great 30 minute short here but Aldana and Murtagh have extended the work, leading to stretches where the tension ebbs away and genre fans might be frustrated that the horror often struggles to chill the bone. Shapeless is at its best as an intimate drama exploring a rarely represented condition and is admirable in this sense.