This sun-drenched comedy-thriller was one of the highlights of last year's Venice Film Festival. Tilda Swinton plays Marianne, a global rock star whose quiet life on an Italian island with her lover Matthias Schoenaerts is shattered by the arrival of Harry Ralph Fiennes , Marianne's record producer ex, and his newly discovered daughter Dakota Johnson. His characters desperately try to evade their past, with Harry in the centre mercilessly poking at old wounds. It's a treasure trove of performances, led by a manic, singing, nude Fiennes. Schoenaerts is the perfect counter-balance, as the broody documentarian trying to be the angel on Marianne's shoulder.
A Bigger Splash sees a manic, nude Ralph Fiennes on the form of his life
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A Bigger Splash — the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino I Am Love, — begins with a scene in which two bodies luxuriate by the pool of their villa on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. Each is entirely naked. Marianne Tilda Swinton lies on her back, legs bent and folded, reading a book. Her boyfriend, Paul Matthias Schoenaerts , lies face down on a lounge, his eyes shut. Soon, Harry Ralph Fiennes will arrive, uninvited, to interrupt their tranquil idyll. As a European arthouse film, A Bigger Splash affirms our expectations of how nudity can be approached in a system where full frontal male nudity is neither cause for alarm nor a source of humour.