A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash

Luca Guadagnino (2015)

119min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This sexy, sun-baked drama from Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino is the sort of film that engrosses and amuses in equal measure. Set on a small island in Sicily, it revolves around Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton), a Bowie-like rock star who is enjoying a relaxing holiday with her younger partner, Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). The two of them are staying in a remote villa, where they are soaking up the sun while she recovers from a throat operation. However, the peace is suddenly shattered by the arrival of Harry (Ralph Fiennes), a talkative, hedonistic record producer (and an old flame of Marianne's), and his sultry daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson). What follows is cool, funny and sexually charged, as tensions start to rise between the quartet and other characters. The four leads are superb, but Fiennes steals the show, dominating a scene whenever he appears. His dancing, in particular, is a joy to behold.

Summary

A rock star recovering from surgery retreats to the peaceful surroundings of a Mediterranean island with her lover. Their seclusion is disrupted by the arrival of an old flame and his estranged teenage daughter, and a complex, tempestuous relationship develops between the four of them, bringing old memories to the surface. Drama, starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes.

Cast & Crew

Marianne Lane Tilda Swinton
Harry Hawkes Ralph Fiennes
Paul de Smedt Matthias Schoenaerts
Penelope Dakota Johnson
Mireille Aurore Clément
Sylvie Lily McMenamy
Clara Elena Bucci
Director Luca Guadagnino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Feb 2016
Drama