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A Bigger Splash

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Italy, France · 2015
Rated R · 2h 5m
Director Luca Guadagnino
Starring Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An American couple, Paul and Marianne, spend their vacation in Italy. When Marianne invites a former lover and his teenage daughter to visit, the couple is threatened by jealousy and dangerous sexual scenarios.

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What are people saying?

Hannah Benson Profile picture for Hannah Benson

A great summer film, full of poolside shots and sunlight. Luca Guadagnino does summer like no one else.

Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

Tilda Swinton gives one of her best performances as a music artist on vocal rest who cannot speak. This does not detract from her character's active participation in the drama of this dysfunctional quartet, however. Luca Guadagnino works best with a set number of characters and the events that unfold as they inhabit a residence.

What are critics saying?


TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

It’s a lush and intriguing experience that works so well for so long that it can’t be undone by a few flaws.


Empire by Damon Wise

Ralph Fiennes dazzles as a rock’n’roll maverick in a stylish, unorthodox erotic drama that tries hard but fails to maintain its eccentric momentum.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Its very wonkiness is one of the things that makes A Bigger Splash a good time — the sense of a filmmaker, perhaps aware that the story he's telling is not terribly deep or philosophically provocative, allowing himself to go off the rails every now and then in how he's telling it.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

The acting throughout is superb, with Swinton sitting back and watching with obvious pleasure as Fiennes gnaws up the scenery and beach furniture with genuine vim. Schoenaerts once again proves himself a charismatic and compelling actor alongside the excellent Johnson.


Screen International by Lee Marshall

A slight story that aspires to be a thriller but ends up as a rather flat melodrama about a rock-star generation struggling to deal with its twilight years.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

As with I Am Love, Guadagnino has put together something utterly distinctive here, a cocktail of intense emotions, transcendent surroundings and unexpected detours. A real pleasure.


Variety by Peter Debruge

For Guadagnino, it’s not the characters’ fates that matter so much as their dynamics, which Kajganich and the director manipulate with the sort of take-no-prisoners attitude typically reserved for theater, pushing the entire ensemble to their full potential.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

In the dramatic stakes, the dining table comes a distant second to the swimming pool: a place to undress, bask, flirt, vie for attention, compete, cool off and burn. It’s a shimmering tank of romance, jealously and intrigue, and A Bigger Splash plunges into the deep end.

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