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A Bigger Splash (2015)

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The vacation of a famous rock star and her boyfriend in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.

Director:

Luca Guadagnino

Writers:

David Kajganich (screenplay by), Jacques Deray (movie "La piscine") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Marianne Lane
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Paul De Smedt
Ralph Fiennes ... Harry Hawkes
Dakota Johnson ... Penelope Lannier
Corrado Guzzanti Corrado Guzzanti ... Maresciallo
Alessandro Ferrara Alessandro Ferrara ... Carabiniere 1
David Maddalena David Maddalena ... Carabiniere 2
Salvatore Gabriele Salvatore Gabriele ... Mayor
Livio Franco Blandino Livio Franco Blandino ... Restaurant Owner
Aurore Clément ... Mireille
Lily McMenamy ... Sylvie
Vito Rodo Vito Rodo ... Waiter
Elena Bucci Elena Bucci ... Clara
Tom Stickley Tom Stickley ... Drummer
Jerry Popiel Jerry Popiel ... Guitarist
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Storyline

In A BIGGER SPLASH, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star (Tilda Swinton) and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria, are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some strong sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,419, 8 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,982,505, 26 June 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Rolling Stones helped with the script. Work with the band began with the filmmakers screening Io sono l'amore (2009) for Mick Jagger and the rest of the band to introduce them to Luca Guadagnino's work. Jagger was intrigued. Ralph Fiennes was also friendly with Jagger and the duo went on a pilgrimage to a Stones concert in Rome to pitch A Bigger Splash. According to the film's producer Michael Costigan, it went even better than they could have ever hoped. Mick and Ronnie Wood, particularly, were so excited about the movie and about Ralph's character, he actually got a couple of notes back from Mick and from Ronnie so that the dialogue would be so authentic, in terms of describing the recording sessions that Harry discusses. When he puts the record on, Harry is now relaying some authentic details from the original recording sessions that the Stones provided. See more »

Goofs

As the four friends are driving back from the airport along a very twisty road, a dark silver car coming the other way suddenly turns into a pale cream car. See more »

Quotes

Mireille: To be a genius is to be unruled. To be unruled is to be alone.
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Soundtracks

Okanagon
Written by Giacinto Scelsi
Performed by Ensemble Phoenix Basel
(s) Ed Salabert
Published in Italy by Casa Ricordi Srl
Courtesy of Telos Music
By arrangement with Source/Q and Naxos
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Fiennes at his Fiennest
12 February 2018 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

I hadn't seen A Bigger Splash but after being dazzled by Call Me By Your Name, I rushed to find and see this Luca Guadagnino 2015 film and it confirmed without a doubt that Luca Guadagnino is a remarkable filmmaker with a retro eye and a futuristic sensibility. His elegance makes cinematic the most unpalatable of tales and this one, a four sided triangle, it's unpalatable and scrumptious all at the same time. Tilda Swinton is superb as the voiceless singer, Dakota Johnson gave me, for the first time, a glimpse into what she could be, Matthias Schoenaerts hits all the right notes even the most unexpected ones but Ralph Fiennes gives a performance that it hast to be seen to be believed mostly because this is the same actor in Schindler's List, Quiz Show, In Bruges and last year he provided me woth one of the funniest scenes of the year in Hail Caesar. So, as you must gather, I had a great time and I'll wait for the next Guadagnino with childish anticipation


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