A Bigger Splash is a calm story, very well worked in all its sequences and with an elaborate script by Alain Page and David Kajganicy directed by Luca Guadagnino to make an erotic thriller and quite unpredictable. The end result is more than good, despite having some shortcomings.
Rock star Marianne (Tilda Swinton) is recovering after a throat operation. Her husband Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a film director who is trying to recover from his addiction to alcohol. They both need time to rest, so they decide to take an airplane and go on vacation to Panteralia, a quiet and sunny Mediterranean island: there they can swim naked, sunbathe, feel themselves in volcanic mud and have sex all around the house.
Everything seems to be perfect until when Harry (Ralph Fiennes), Marianne's former boyfriend, appears at the airport with Penelope (Dakota Johnson). In the way Guadagnino decides to introduce us these two characters (between effusive hugs and suggestive looks), anyone could think that this young and attractive woman is his new partner, but no, she is not.
The purpose of Harry's visit is not clear but his arrival awakens old and new passions that eventually become a complex and sinister set of relationships that make up a black movie drama thriller with elements such as eroticism, passion, intrigue and jealousy. All this is seasoned with some humorous touches.
Ralph Fiennes shines with his own light. He is devine. The casting job is incredible. Everyone is handsome and cool, dressed in Dior and Raf Simons yet wearing their fashionability and easy urbanity lightly in these charming rustic surrounds. Ralph Fiennes' work is one of the best points in the film. That scene of Ralph dancing "Emotional Rescue" (The Rolling Stones) it's just a gem of the history of cinema.
In spite of its density and its complexity, Guadagnino manages to maintain the balance of the film all the time.
I loved A Bigger Splash. It’s funny, dangerous and seductive. I also want to go to Panteralia (and probably alone!!!!!!).