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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.


Luca Guadagnino


David Kajganich (screenplay by), Jacques Deray (based on the film "La piscine" directed by) | 6 more credits »
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Director's Trademarks: The Films of Luca Guadagnino

Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino takes IMDb through his approach to filmmaking, from longtime collaborator Tilda Swinton, to why he hopes he doesn't have a "style."

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4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Italy | France


English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Spanish song being played on the turntable, the one Harry stops and takes away from the turntable, is "El el ultimo trago" (The last drink) interpreted by renowned ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. Covers of this Spanish language standard have been made by many artists including a favorite and muse of Pedro Almodovar's, flamenco singer Concha Buika, who is featured singing at a party in Almodovar's "La piel que habito" ("The Skin I live in"). See more »


Penelope tells everyone she is 22 years old and her passport shows a birth date in November 1993, which is consistent with her being 22 in 2015. Later, the police state that Penelope is actually only 17. However, no issue is raised about her having a fraudulent passport (which is a serious matter) and she is allowed to fly home seemingly without penalty. Not even a scolding. See more »


Paul De Smedt: You're obscene.
Harry Hawkes: We're all obscene. Everyone's obscene. That's the whole fucking point. We see it and we love each other anyway.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the credits, and at random intervals, there are images of stylised flowers, particularly noticeable in the section listing soundtrack items. See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


Written and Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Published by Corcovado Music
(p) 1976 Warner Bros.
Courtesy of Warner Music Italia Srl
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29 August 2018 | by jgo-11812See all my reviews

This is the second Luca Guadagnino film I've watched, the first being Call Me By Your Name. I've come to the conclusion that Guadagnino is highly pretentious. Watching both of these films I get the impression that when he was making them his thought process was "I'm going to make a cerebral, artsy movie" rather than letting greatness come naturally. I'm a fan of Tilda Swinton, but her performance here was awful. I understand the circumstances before she took on the role, but if she didn't feel up to it, she shouldn't have taken it. Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes are the stars of the movie, and both of their performances are exceptional, especially the former's. Dakota Johnson was just being Dakota Johnson the whole time.

The film had a lot of potential, but it never quite fulfilled that potential. Reading about all the changes that were made to the story make me think that if those changes hadn't been made, it would've been a much better film. Pacing, I think, is an issue for Guadagnino. Certain ideas are introduced but not elaborated on, while others that are not that important or relevant to the story get stretched out. If the running time were cut by 20-30 minutes, it would probably be a better, more efficient telling of the almost non-existent story.

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