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A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash

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In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes) arrives with his daughter Penelope Lannier (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. A BIGGER SPLASH is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock & roll, under the Mediterranean sun.


For my last film, I AM LOVE, I wanted to explore the closed world of Milanese high society and what happens when true and dangerous feelings of desire arise and their mortal consequences.

In A BIGGER SPLASH, I envisioned a film about love, beauty, desire, sex, sexuality and the danger of an old lover who by his own presence and actions can trigger destructive behavior and bring back the pasts of our lead characters. And by unleashing this past, our characters are drawn into their truest version of themselves and enter a tangled nexus of sex and burning desire, pushing them to a dark side. I see this as a completely modern psychological relationship drama; our classic cinematic bones and structure take shape in a most modern way of storytelling and characters who lead us to a charged and unsettling climax.

I took my inspiration from Roberto Rossellini, the raw energy of Martin Scorsese and deep human insight of Jonathan Demme. I also am a great fan of the work of Patricia Highsmith and Paul Bowles with their acute sense of noir and ability to capture characters in a world foreign to their own. And this, in turn, brings out their truest impulses; usually meaning both the passion and danger of intense love and its darkest corners.

We started from the idea of a fracture between a world that is no more - the rock 'n' roll world of the end of the 20th century - against a sort of new conservatism that is, in a way, ruling us today. To me, A BIGGER SPLASH is a truly contemporary portrait of our time and a side of Italy that is usually reserved to very few.

Here people who seemingly have what they want are quite vulnerable and are trying to retreat from their world, only to find it encroach upon them. And once this happens, the glamor, the passion, the safety are cracked open and they descend to their most primal instincts. Yet out of it, something actually grows.

Luca Guadagnino

A Bigger Splash Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Luca Guadagnino

Writing Credits

David Kajganich (Screenplay)

Jacques Deray and Jean-Claude Carrière (Adaptation & Dialogue)

Alain Page (Based on his novel ''La piscine'' & Based on an original screenplay by)

Jacques Deray (Based on the film ''The Swimming Pool / La Piscine (1969)'' directed by)


Ralph Fiennes

Dakota Johnson

Matthias Schoenaerts

Tilda Swinton

Elena Bucci

Aurore Clément

Lily McMenamy

Corrado Guzzanti

Cinematography by

Yorick Le Saux

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Countries: Italy, France

Remake of: The Swimming Pool (1969)

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