A Bigger Splash (15)
DIRECTED BY: Luca Guadagnino
STARRING: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson
RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes
This sexy, sun-baked English language drama from Italian director Luca Guadagnino is the sort of film that engrosses and amuses in equal measure.
Set on a small island in Sicily, it revolves around Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton), a Bowie-like rock star who is enjoying a relaxing holiday with her younger partner, Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). The two of them are staying in a remote villa, where they are soaking up the sun while she recovers from a throat operation. However, the peace is suddenly shattered by the arrival of Harry (Ralph Fiennes), a talkative, hedonistic record producer (and an old flame of Marianne's), and his sultry daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson).
What follows is cool, funny and sexually charged, as tensions start to rise between the quartet and other characters. The four leads are superb, but Fiennes steals the show, dominating a scene whenever he appears. His dancing, in particular, is a joy to behold.
Absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted by an immensely talented cast, A Bigger Splash offers sumptuous delights for fans of psychological adult drama.
FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2016
Doors: 7.30pm Film 8pm
Rotten Tomatoes - 90%
The Guardian - ★★★★
The Telegraph - ★★★★
Evening Standard- ★★★★
The Times - ★★★★