In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. A BIGGER SPLASH is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.
Review by Bo Nicholson @ InFocus Movie Reviews
It’s rare these days to see a trailer that
so perfectly captures the spirit of the film it is advertising without ruining
its plot, while giving you more than a taste of what is to come. Kudos to the marketing team.
Bigger Splash is about an aging rock star (Tilda
Swinton) and her younger partner (Matthias Schoenaerts), who have a house on a
remote Italian island. Their love is
passionate and unspoken, because of her recent vocal-cord surgery, but a
spanner is thrown into the works when her old friend (Ralph Fiennes) and his
daughter (Dakota Johnson) arrive unannounced for a visit.
One of the sexiest movies I can recall
seeing, A Bigger Splash is dripping
with sexual tension, with most of its plot moving forward with a series of
dagger looks, spoken barbs or a sultry glance.
Ralph Fiennes, one of the most reliable actors of his generation, is
dynamite as the ex-lover of Swinton who has never really gotten over her, let
alone the fact that he set her up with her current partner.
The rest of the cast also do a wonderful
job with the script, which would feel more like a stage play if it wasn’t for
the lush cinematography, and some of the more virtuoso moments of the film;
particularly the scene where Fiennes dances to Emotional Rescue by The Rolling Stones.
Sexy, tense and funny, and with a stellar
cast; A Bigger Splash didn’t
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