Guadagnino really had amazing source material for "A Bigger Splash" and he gave it good use, mostly by infatuating the personality traces of each character and making them clash harder. "La Piscine" is irresistible with its french flair, slow pace and impeccably dressed people, all enjoying one hot summer... the drowning scene was not very convincing I must say, but overall I enjoyed it a lot.
Unlike most suspense films - here, the languid atmosphere dictates the actual narrative and pace. Even the police investigation succumbs to the becalmed mood, which doesn't seem to bother the inspector one bit. It felt like I was really on vacation with Schneider and Delon, relaxing about this house. This alone, justifies Deray's approach but it also reveals how much a mood can affect the next turn your life takes.
wow, what a long time to spend vacationing with these characters in Saint-Tropez. it's obvious: watch this for the golden bodies & playfulness-disguising-disgust of cinematic French romances. Is Rob Lowe our Alain Delon? they exude they same kind of man-child vulnerable charm. although "we" are not supposed to, I liked him the best: it's hard when someone is taking away someone you want. Jane B. is so cutely weird.
Un film bien léché, dans de luxueux décors qui rappellent la bourgeoisie désoeuvrée des films de Claude Chabrol, sans pour autant provoquer l'intérêt du spectateur ni son adhésion par le biais d'une quelconque identification / distanciation. Mieux vaut se noyer dans un verre de scotch écossais... www.cinefiches.com
1st hour could be profitably condensed by 1/2. Jane Birkin's acting doesn't help. She is merely a body. Schneider's pretty good. Delon's character is rage-inducing, as is the ending. I want to see Schneider and Delon together in something else. For similar themes, also from 1969, try Three w/Charlotte Rampling and Sam Waterston.
Bumped up 1/2 star to 3 b/c it's better than some garbage I've rated 2 stars.
Knowing that Schneider and Delon were previously married was interesting to watch how they acted together. It felt very natural. I love Jane Birkin but her character was the annoying teenager, which I guess is the point?