Semi-fictionalized documentary biopic of British artist David Hockney. After a difficult break-up, Hockney is left unable to paint, much to the concern of his friends. The title was named after Hockney's pop-art painting 'A Bigger Splash'.

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When David Hockney's beautiful lover, Peter Schlesinger, breaks up with him, it leaves David a complete emotional wreck. An artist, he suddenly finds himself unable to create anything, and is awash in depression and loneliness. After a time, David is able to find inspiration in his backyard swimming pool, and he begins a portrait of it. This unique docudrama presents a semi-fictionalized account of the story behind one of Hockney's most popular paintings. Written by Polly_Kat

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26 December 2006 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

More than a few minutes into this film, I thought " this must be a documentary" and it might have helped to know that beforehand. After watching it and fast forwarding through at least 1/3 of it, I now say it would have made no difference.

Perhaps knowing about David Hockney or the fact that the movie is 33 years old has something to do with it, but it made very little sense to me.

I have no idea why the film bothered with years and places (Geneva, 1972) it made absolutely not one iota of difference. Why did we watch a female fashion show for 15 minutes? OK, 10 but all of that. Why? Why was the naked swimmer pressed up to the "window" while two others ate dinner, obvlious? Sometimes I think just because the "critics" or "art aficionadoes" can't understand art or film, they think it is "deep". That is what I think of David Hockney (the art was mostly one dimensional like grade school children's) and the same for this film.


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