A Bigger Splash (2015 film)

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A Bigger Splash
A Bigger Splash poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Produced by
Screenplay by David Kajganich
Story by Alain Page
Starring
Cinematography Yorick Le Saux
Edited by Walter Fasano
Production
company
  • Frenesy Film Company
  • Cota Film
  • Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
  • Regione Siciliana
  • Sicilia Film Commission
  • Sensi Contemporanei Cinema e Audiovisivo
  • StudioCanal
Distributed by
Release date
  • 6 September 2015 (2015-09-06) (Venice)
  • 26 November 2015 (2015-11-26) (Italy)
  • 16 April 2016 (2016-04-16) (France)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
Country
  • Italy
  • France
Language
  • English
  • Italian
Box office $7.5 million[2]

A Bigger Splash is a 2015 drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Alain Page and David Kajganich. Loosely based on the 1969 Jacques Deray film La Piscine[3] and named after the David Hockney painting,[4] the film stars Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson. It is the second installment in Guadagnino's self-described Desire trilogy, following I Am Love (2009) and preceding Call Me by Your Name (2017). It competed for the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

In an isolated villa on the small Italian island of Pantelleria, world-famous rock singer Marianne Lane is on holiday with her filmmaker lover Paul. She is recovering from surgery and has lost her voice, communicating only by signs and occasional whispers. He is in recovery from alcohol addiction and a failed suicide attempt. Neither speaks Italian but solitude is what both need, until an aeroplane from Rome brings a man neither wants to see.

This is Harry, an extroverted music promoter who was Marianne's lover until he passed her on to his protegé, Paul. With him is Penelope (Pen), a previously unknown daughter of his who says she is 22. Moving into the villa, Harry starts inviting friends around as if it were his home and taking everybody out to various sights and festivities. His arrogant manner bores Pen and annoys Paul, but Marianne starts falling under his spell again; however, when Harry and Marianne begin to become intimate while alone, Marianne stops Harry. She tells him that she does love him, but that she cannot be with him and that she is with Paul. The sultry Pen then makes a play for the unhappy Paul; it is not shown, but implied, that Paul succumbs to Pen's overtures.

After drinking on his own, Harry comes back very late and starts a fight beside the pool with Paul. Both fall in, and the fight continues. Paul holds Harry underwater too long, and Harry drowns. Realizing his mistake, Paul pulls Harry to the surface and attempts to resuscitate him, but is unsuccessful and leaves Harry to drift to the bottom of the pool. In the morning his corpse is seen by the maid, who calls the police. They have more urgent business with illegal immigrants landing from North Africa, some floating ashore dead, but take the occupants of the villa in for questioning. Marianne convinces them with the truth that she was asleep, and suggests that the murderer was an intruder. Paul lies, saying he went to bed before the time of death, and is believed. Pen reveals that she can speak perfect Italian, but chose to let her hosts struggle, and her passport reveals that she is only 17. Paul is concerned that Pen may have witnessed his fight with Harry in the pool, but is unable to determine how much she knows, if anything. Paul tearfully admits to Marianne that he killed Harry but tried to save him. Taking her to the airport, at the departure gate, Pen makes a statement which references something Marianne once said to Harry. Visibly disturbed, Marianne slaps Pen. Pen maintains her composure until she is shown boarding the plane in tears unseen by Marianne and Paul who depart in their car. On the ride back to the villa, they are stopped by the police. It is the investigating officer, but rather than pursuing the case he reveals himself to be a fan of Marianne and wants her to autograph a CD. She obliges and returns to the car where she and Paul share their relief and drive away.

Cast[edit]

Marketing[edit]

The first promo still of A Bigger Splash featuring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes was released on 27 July 2015.[7] A new set of movie stills were released on 3 September 2015.[8] The first clip was released on 5 September 2015.[9] Tilda Swinton appeared in-character on the cover of the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of AnOther Magazine.[10][11] In a work of fiction co-authored by Swinton, Glenn O’Brien, Luca Guadagnino, and Dave Kajganich, Marianne Lane gave an interview for the magazine based around events in the film.[12]

The first international teaser trailer was released on 1 October 2015.[13] The second trailer was released on 5 January 2016.[14] The second clip from the film was released on 15 January 2016.[15] Fox Searchlight released the first U.S. trailer on 10 February 2016.[16]

Release[edit]

In February 2015, Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired U.S distribution rights to the film.[17] The film made its world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival[18][19] on 6 September 2015.[20][21] It was also selected to screen at the Busan International Film Festival on 2 October 2015[22] and at the London Film Festival[23] on 9 October 2015.[24] Lucky Red released the film in Italy on 26 November 2015.[25] The film was released in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2016 by StudioCanal.[26] It was released France on 16 April 2016.[27] Originally scheduled to open in United States on 13 May 2016, it was pushed up to 4 May.[28][29]

For its theatrical release A Bigger Splash earned $2,024,099 in North America and $5,521,659 in foreign receipts for a total world box office gross of $7,545,758.[30]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

A Bigger Splash received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 89%, based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The site's consensus states: "Absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted by an immensely talented cast, A Bigger Splash offers sumptuously soapy delights for fans of psychological adult drama."[31] On Metacritic the film has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[32]

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards 6 February 2017 Best Actress Tilda Swinton Nominated [33]
Detroit Film Critics Society 19 December 2016 Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated [34]
Evening Standard British Film Awards 8 December 2016 Best Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated [35]
Best Actress Tilda Swinton Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle 23 December 2016 Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Runner-up [36]
Independent Spirit Awards 25 February 2017 Best Supporting Male Ralph Fiennes Nominated [37]
IndieWire Critics Poll 19 December 2016 Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes 6th Place [38]
Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton 5th Place
San Francisco Film Critics Circle 11 December 2016 Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated [39][40]
Toronto Film Critics Association 11 December 2016 Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Runner-up [41]
Venice Film Festival 12 September 2015 Golden Lion Luca Guadagnino Nominated [42]
Green Drop Award Luca Guadagnino Nominated
Soundtrack Stars Award A Bigger Splash Won
Best Innovative Budget Award Luca Guadagnino Won

References[edit]

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