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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marianne Lane
... Paul De Smedt
... Harry Hawkes
... Penelope Lannier
Corrado Guzzanti ... Maresciallo
Alessandro Ferrara ... Carabiniere 1
David Maddalena ... Carabiniere 2
Salvatore Gabriele ... Mayor
Livio Franco Blandino ... Restaurant Owner
... Mireille
... Sylvie
Vito Rodo ... Waiter
Elena Bucci ... Clara
Tom Stickley ... Drummer
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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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bigger Splash  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,419, 8 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,982,505, 26 June 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Fiennes told that he accepted the role of Harry Hawkes when he received the screenplay and it was written that in a few minutes down the film, his character would express himself through dancing, he had never been asked to do that before so he said "yes, thank you." 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

The initial credits have the roles and names on yellow shapes (like small mosaic pieces) on a black background, before reverting to more traditional lists. See more »


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Worried About You
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Ralph Fiennes
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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All over the map..
22 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

As the former lover of a recuperating rock star re-enters her life, complications between him, her and her current lover ensue.

The film follows a typical Woody Allen set up, but fails completely in the delivery. With a mute Swinton, totally unbelievable as a Bowie like rock star, and a blabbering Fiennes, the film simply gets on one's nerves. The interpersonal intricacies are one- dimensional and never develop. Also the depiction of local law enforcement as a bunch of bumbling buffoons straight out of some French comedy franchise from the 70s, was especially grating.


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