British actor Tilda Swinton has played a silent character in the latest film from “I Am Love” Italian director Luca Guadagnino, alongside Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and others. “A Bigger Splash” will release next year on May 13, Fox Searchlight announced.
Six year after his last picture “I Am Love”, filmmaker Guadagnino has presented in Venice at more ambitious film, a psychological drama “A Bigger Splash”. 1969 Jacques Deray’s “La Piscine” was chosen by Guadagnino as a platform for its reworking, but there are also some elements that came from the geniuses of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith. Besides Swinton and Fiennes, “A Bigger Splash” also stars Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Rock legend Marianne Lane (Swinton) just underwent a serious throat operation, she cannot talk, but can only produce a hoarse whisper and gesticulate. Marianne, whom the audience sees in a flashback as a kind of David Bowie-like performer, and her hot-tempered lover Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) bathe in the sun, have sex and slather each other in oil on the Italian island of Pantelleria. Then Marianne ex-lover Harry and his newly-discovered 22-year-old daughter he has brought along have appeared on their horizon.
Talking about her character, Tilda said that Marianne does not say anything because she had nothing to say. The idea of a taciturn character came to the actor’s mind after long conversation with Guadagnino, who has collaborated with Swinton before. It was the time of her life, when she did not want to talk at all, Tilda says.
Expressive gesticulation of the silent woman against the backdrop of a burning Mediterranean sunlight, water spraying and the grit beauty looks like an A-bomb. The film “A Bigger Splash” is both a quite strange and funny story about a desire to love and kill. It is a chance for us to enjoy a spectacular wild Ralph Fiennes dancing to the Rolling Stones’ “Emotional Rescue” scene.
The film was named after the David Hockney picture. Guadagnino even said that this picture helped him to understand the art. But “A Big Splash” is not only a love story. In the movie the director has also touched the current refugee crisis in Europe.1 comment