A Bigger Splash

A review of A Bigger Splash by Rob Mason

A Bigger Splash is a 2015 English-language Italian-French psychological drama dark comedy film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Alain Page and David Kajganich, based on the film La Piscine.

Director Luca Guadagnino has done an amazing job in bringing the four main actors together in such a masterly way. Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts are completely in sync with each other.  Harry, Tilda Swinton’s ex manager played by Ralph Fiennes is superb and totally convincing in his larger than life role as a showbiz entrepreneur.  Dakota Johnson as Harry’s daughter also turns in a great performance.   
The film itself is about a rock star (Tilda Swinton) who has lost her voice and is recuperating at a luxurious villa on the Italian Island of Pantelleria with her young lover, Matthias Schoenaerts.  Suddenly Harry, an old friend, and his daughter, turn-up and indulge in past reveries.  All this sounds simple enough but the way it’s done is comparable to a work of art (The purpose of art is to enhance life not just copy it)
At one point in the movie, whilst playing an old Rolling stone LP, Harry performs what can only be described as a superb dance rendition of Mick Jagger’s “Emotional Rescue.”This short sequence was created with assistance from choreographer: Ann Yee.

Another aspect I found amazing was the way Ralph Fiennes was able to, very convincingly, portray a show-biz aficionado and also play equally well a far more constrained and serious character (Michael), as he did in the film, "The Reader."




        Tilda Swinton                  Mariann Lane
        Ralph Fiennes                Harry Hawkes
        Dacota Johnson             Penelope Lannier
        Matthias Schoenaerts    Paul De Smedt