A Bigger Splash Sunday, 22 September 2019

A Bigger Splash

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong nudity.

  • The pitch:

    A revelatory Emotional Rescue.

  • Starring:

    Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Aurore Clément, Lily McMenamy

  • Directed by:

    Luca Guadagnino

  • Running time:

    124 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are slapped, headlocked, choked, drowned, mocked, pushed under water. Suicide attempt/note discussed. A glass is kicked over/smashed, keys are knocked out of a man's hand. Crashed car. A fish is sliced and gutted (food prep), a lizard is thrown. A character makes a stabbing gesture toward their heart (comic). Yelling, arguing, screaming. Far-right thugs, communists, "killed their father" (figurative), smugglers, suicide, crashing your car, bombed by the allies, processing slaves, dead immigrants mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, coffin. Bloody scratches, abrasions. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. A man holds the bloody entrails of a fish. Scars, bruise. Actors on a TV show wear medical face masks. Surgery mentioned.


    Couples have sex in the pool, bedroom, on the beach (implied). Oral sex/orgasm. Kissing, flirting, caressing, skinny-dipping. Full male and female nudity, exposed breasts/bottoms, nipples visible beneath clothing, girl in lingerie, shirtless men. Skimpy clothing, swimwear, dancewear, cleavage. Infidelity, underage sex. References to incest, sodomy (metaphoric).


    A couple snorts white powder (cocaine assumed). A woman takes prescription pills. A woman consumes an unknown drug (pill). Alcohol (wine, spirits, beer, cocktails). Intoxication. Smoking. Rehab, cocaine, pills, addiction, drugs, sleeping pills mentioned. Club, bar settings.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, sl*t. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    Relationships, exes, fame, envy, celebrity, sobriety, suicide, father-daughter relationships, manipulation, accidents, tragedy, The Rolling Stones, pop culture, bad dancing, creepy fathers, karaoke, refugees, infidelity, police investigation, hidden agendas.


    Cancer, headaches, puke, rehab mentioned. Snakes, buzzing flies, dogs, gecko. Plane, dust storm. Seafood eaten. Urination (on a sacred site). Some Italian and Arabic languages (no subtitles). Inspired by 1969 drama La Piscine. Named after a David Hockney painting.


    Distinctive, intense, entertaining, oddball, strange, funny, unexpected, sly, unpredictable, erotic, sun-baked, stylish, witty, loopy, ambitious, playful, lush, intriguing, lively, eccentric, bawdy, boisterous, unorthodox. Immaculate casting, outstanding/superb performances, Fiennes is brilliant/magnificent/jaw-dropping/hilarious/film-stealing, spectacular/glorious locations, relaxed pace, bold music.


    Uneven, overlong. Flippant/embarrassing portryal of Italian police, awkward/exploitative allusions to illegal immigrant crisis, bizarre/unsatisfying/flat ending.

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