I'm not a guy who comes at a movie w/ this insistence that the movie prove to me that it needs to exist, although whether a movie needs to exist or not becomes more insistent a question when the movie in question is a remake. I can think of few films I have seen in recent memory that have struck me as having less of a reason to exist than A BIGGER SPLASH. It's just hangin' out, all purposeless 'n' shit.
A typically discursive exercise from this director, constructed of exquisite moments but not quite a convincing whole. The whirling, unfocused need to reference everything that takes the film maker's fancy becomes a tad skittish, but nevertheless it hangs together despite itself. The sharp performances atone and the (belated) swerve into darker territory satisfies. It repays a revisit for select sequences.
Tilda Swinton + Ralph Fiennes: basically the only reason I've watched this film. We didn't need a La piscine remake, thanks. Btw is Luca Guadagnino trying to make us believe that Dakota Johnson can play the same role than JANE BIRKIN? WTF
People here are getting naked more and more times. The act of giving away one's own clothes gains a symbolic value: A Bigger Splash is talking about edonism. Guadagnino's filmmaking style is driven by an intense sensuality. Genius soundtrack choice: Verdi's Falstaff. The whole world is a farce.
A quartet of superior performances is given here in the latest cinematographic exercise by director Luca Guadagnino. A rock star recuperating from a voice operation has found solace and normality with a younger man in an ideal Italian village only to be confronted by a former partner and lover and his young vivacious daughter. Passion in all forms can be dangerous. Swinton, Schoenaerts and Johnson are great....
The people in Guadagnino’s film are glamorous, full of life and inevitably decadent. It's through these characters, well-rounded and always hiding something, that we feel the pulse of an otherwise monotonous vacation. Going from little stab to little stab, this potboiler anchors its venom in the energy of words while revealing the truth in looks and movement.
"A Bigger Splash" or "the summer holidays I would kill to have".Guadagnino and Swinton go from depressed Italian matriarch to American rockstar on vacations with great confidence and the same impeccable style. Supported by the obnoxious Fiennes, bitchy Dakota and hunky Schoenaerts, Swinton still shines despite her few, whispered lines. If only I could be the fifth element in this mess and bang the housekeeper... not!
Let's put the cliché plot away and focus on the acting and cinematography: Tilda says it all (and slays them all) without words and Fiennes shows more energy in this movie than all of his previous roles combined - I became infected by his moves, then tired of watching him being a pain in the ass. The Pantelleria island is beautiful, but the shot over the pool at night will be unforgettable.