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A Bigger Splash

(Rated MA15+)

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“You’re pretty domesticated for a rock star”

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Overview

On the small Southern Italian island of Pantelleria, recuperating rock star Marianne (a Bowie-like Tilda Swinton) and her boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) are languishing in private, their days spent idly driving to the beach and laying about their pool. They’ve both got their demons — he’s a recovering addict, she’s trying to stay mute following vocal surgery — as well as a shared demon in Harry (Ralph Fiennes), Marianne’s music producer ex and a certified loose unit. When he turns up on the island out of the blue with his newly-discovered daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), he breaks the surface of the couple's convalescence and the waters don’t stop rippling until the final credits roll.

Why You Should See This Film

Dressed to the nines in Dior by Raf Simons, Tilda is in peak Swinton mode here. Yet another beauty from Italian visionary Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love), A Bigger Splash is a scintillating slow-burn of a film — a long time to hold your breath underwater, but nevertheless an exercise in pleasure. Schoenaerts and Johnson do their hunky, nymphy things respectively, but it's Fiennes who threatens to steal the whole thing, particularly when he cues up The Rolling Stones’ Emotional Rescue and dances his goddamn heart out, cotton shirt flapping in the volcanic breeze...

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  • Year: 2015
  • Rating: MA15+
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts
  • Duration: 124 minutes
  • Language: English
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