A Bigger Splash

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Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes lead this psychological suspense drama alongside Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone). From the director of the Academy Award-nominated I Am Love.

When a glamorous couple decide to vacation on a remote Italian island (Swinton and Schoenaerts), their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend (Fiennes) and his luscious daughter (Johnson). Suddenly, what was supposed to be a perfect romantic getaway turns into a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and danger, sparking some flames that should not necessarily be ignited.

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Crime, Drama, Mystery, Festival & Independent

124mins

Rating: MA15+ Strong nudity

Italy, France

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A loose remake of forgotten 1969 French thriller La PiscineI Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s eroticised drama is best thought of as a sort of Euro-centric Sexy BeastSexy Beasts, perhaps. Both feature Brits abroad disturbed by force-of-nature guests; and both are better as portrayals of unsettling group dynamics than as thrillers.

On the Italian island of Pantellia, Tilda Swinton’s ex-wild-child singer is recovering her damaged voice with the help of new lover Matthias Schoenaerts. Intruding on their idyll is Swinton’s old flame/manager Ralph Fiennes and his daughter Dakota Johnson, who bring drugs, chaos and, in Fiennes’ case, a particularly committed brand of dad dancing.

For the first hour or so the good times roll, but there’s a jittery undercurrent that suggests things could go south at any point. When they finally do, the film begins to ramble, but until then there’s a lot of fun to be had watching Fiennes dicking about: whether singing karaoke, skinny-dipping or trying to nail everything that moves.

Pitched somewhere between Ralph Brown in Wayne’s World 2 and David Brent, he’s equal parts infectious and obnoxious, while Swinton is a good enough actress to shine in a near-silent role. Faced with Hurricane Fiennes and the Thin White Duchess, it’s no surprise Johnson and Schoenaerts are comparatively low-key, which does unbalance the film. It may not have been Guadagnino’s intention, but you’ll spend most of the time wishing Fiennes and Swinton would run off into the sunset together, even as you know they can’t, or shouldn’t.

Guardian (UK)

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A cocktail of intense emotions, transcendent surroundings and unexpected detours. A real pleasure.

Telegraph (UK)

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It’s a shimmering tank of romance, jealously and intrigue, and A Bigger Splash plunges into the deep end.

Time Out London

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An endearingly loopy, occasionally half-cooked but always ambitious film...

Variety (USA)

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[Pushes] the entire ensemble to their full potential.

Hollywood Reporter

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The film feels empty and intellectualized at the core, where it should feel powerfully emotional.

Empire (UK)

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A stylish, unorthodox erotic drama that tries hard but fails to maintain its eccentric momentum.

Little White Lies (UK)

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A modern cinematic opera - the sun-kissed bacchanal followed by the tempestuous comedown.
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desoi

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overacted drivel

I quickly lost any interest in the fate and pretentious musings of all of the shallow, insipid, self-obsessed characters. Tilda Swinton was not good and was very unconvincing as a rock diva - the flashbacks were cringe worthy. Only one character dies which was a big shame as the rest were just wasting space.


Amazing Scenery, But...

Way too slow in getting where it was going. Maybe a little undeveloped - did leave you wondering about some of the background stories of the characters. Also, a few unanswered questions during the film which I guess added a little mystery and left you wondering. Thanks for the opportunity to see this and definitely not sorry we went.

MI

MI

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Not my usual but good

Enjoyed the film, wouldn't be what I normally go to but loved the opportunity to see something I wouldn't normally pick. Agree with some of the comments around pacing but have reflected on it since several times since, which is always a mark of a good film.

alexduthie

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A wonderful emotional rollercoaster

A wonderful emotional rollercoaster


Not sure what it wants to be

While A Bigger Splash does end up delivering in the psychological drama department, it takes far too long to get there

rweeks

rweeks

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More of the same from I Am Love director

Featuring a beautiful location and beautiful stars (Swinton and Schoenaerts) the film is too melodramatic and tries too hard to be deep and profound.


A Bigger Splash

The Verdict : Yum Ralph Fiennes. Very art-housey, but ....wayyyy....tooo.....slow...moving.

Well-crafted, great detail, however meandered quite a bit and only picked up suspense in last half hour.

Redeeming feature was the music score.

In a misguided quest perhaps to be a forerunner in flipping the tables and getting away from the female nudity scenes, this errs too much on the flip side and ends up with too many (in my opinion) gratuitous views of male nudity.


Madly, Awkwardly, Long

Having seen 'I Am Love' a few years back I knew what to expect from Luca Guadagnino and he didn't disapoint. There's a term loosely thrown around the film festivals and that term is 'art wank' with lingering pointless scenes, jolting jump cuts and unusual use of the zoom lens, the film dragged out almost an hour too long for the sake of the director's fetishes. Am I being too harsh? You're a Swinton fan perhaps? It'll appeal to a small minority but leave others wondering why they paid for parking.


Just ok

Great Italian scenery and Ralph Fiennes was a good watch. Bit too long though I see a sequel coming soon.

sneh

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The movie could have been shorter.