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DVD Review: A Bigger Splash

October 4, 2016

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

a-bigger-splash-dvdMarianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is a rock star vacationing on a remote Italian island with her filmmaking partner (Matthias Schoenaerts), resting her voice after vocal surgery has left her temporarily unable to talk.  But passions heat up when an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) pays a surprise visit with his estranged daughter (Dakota Johnson), crashing their vacation and bringing old jealously and long buried feelings between them back to the surface.

Directed by Luca Gaudagnino, following in the footsteps of his arthouse hit I Am Love, A Bigger Splash is a sensuously filmed and frequently entertaining portrait of romantic tensions coming to a head between affluent people.  Although it runs a bit long at over two hours, and enters melodramatic territory as it takes a dark turn in the last act, the film is worth seeing for its beautiful locations and fine cast, who are all at the top of their game.  This includes an interesting near-silent performance by Tilda Swinton, and standout supporting work from Ralph Fiennes, who reveals himself as a manic force of nature, strutting and dancing his way through every scene.

The DVD includes no bonus features.

A Bigger Splash is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 124 minutes and rated 14A.

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