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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
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$114,419, 8 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,982,505, 26 June 2016
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Luca Guadagnino had been a fan of Ralph Fiennes for many years and always dreamt of working with him. When Guadagnino saw Fiennes in the trailer of The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), he thought, "hang on a minute, this guy has always played such brooding and intense characters; I didn't know he had such levity or that he could be so garrulous". So Guadagnino gave him the script and told him that the character of Harry was id unleashed. But when Fiennes read the script, he said, "There is something in this character that is very close to me. How did you know?", Guadagnino's response was, "Instinct. Intuition." See more »

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When they are lying on the beach and watching a plane fly over, the dimensions of the shadow of the passenger plane are much smaller than the size of an actual airplane, which doesn't make any sense. See more »

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Harry Hawkes: Honesty is the greatest fidelity.
Paul De Smedt: Yeah, well, the world is not ready for your honesty.
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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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Falstaff
Act 1: "Falstaff! - Olà! - Sir John Falstaff!"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
(p) Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
By arrangement with Universal Music Italia Srl
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A masterclass in character development

World famous singer Marianne Lane (Swinton), temporarily mute from a recent throat operation, is enjoying a relaxing holiday with her doting film-maker boyfriend Paul De Smedt (Schoenaerts) on a remote idyllic Italian island. Much to their initial annoyance, Lane's manic music producer and ex-boyfriend Harry Hawkes (Fiennes) turns up with his newly discovered daughter Penelope (Johnson) to gate- crash the tranquillity.

A Bigger Splash is a character development masterclass by Guadagnino. Over the first hour, the film gives everything to build up the intricacies of each character's attributes so that every subsequent variation and elaboration feels exhilarating. This is a film about people and relationships; how different associations can sometimes coalesce yet at other times grate, how secrets and history must awkwardly co-exist with the fantasies of perfection.

Fiennes is simply superb. He absolutely nails Hawkes extrovert nature, perfectly mixing it with the selfish dark underbelly which success invariably requires. Swinton marvellously continues to build her rapidly emerging reputation with a multifaceted character that says less than a hundred words throughout the entire running time. Both Schoenaerts and Johnson are solid but are unluckily eclipsed by Fiennes and Swinton's sparkle. In fact, such is Fiennes utter dominance early on, there feels a distinct possibility he will overshadow not only the other actors, but the film itself. Fortunately, as time passes the rest of the cast get their chance in the sun and, to their credit, pull it back just before it becomes the Ralph Fiennes Show.

The friction between De Smedt and Hawkes is always at the forefront; the protective grounded boyfriend against the vociferous music producer ex. Hawkes tempts Lane to speak at the dinner table, De Smedt knocks him back, Hawkes dances to a track he produced for the Rolling Stones, De Smedt pulls Lane closer on the sofa. It's the subtle fragments of both loving and sexual tension which keep the flow of A Bigger Splash so thrilling.

When the plot eventually makes its move, sides are taken, suspicions are rife, relationships are both strained and solidified. Only then do you realise just how well the film has branded its characters into your hide, and how desperate you are to know the outcome.

Until the last half hour or so not much really happens in A Bigger Splash but you simply don't notice, such is the utter delight in watching a great cast develop complex characters with a wonderfully astute script.


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