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A Bigger Splash

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Graphic sexual content in fascinating character study.

Movie R 2016 124 minutes
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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Film pulls you in with all of its details.

A tense film...feels claustrophobic even though it also feels like in the background of the film the sky's the limit. Language is crafted in a way that isolates and reveals secrets when leaning in very closely to people playing word games. In general, communication is something that eludes each character much to their detriment. Each actor has their moments to shine in this film and we are held captive by their character's stumblings and their process. Pulls you in with ALL of its details.
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A loose remake of a 1969 French movie, this mature, fascinating character drama is alive in a very sensual way, zeroing in on atmosphere and environment and the way they react with humans. Italian director Luca Guadagnino, who previously worked with Tilda Swinton in the superb I Am Love, has a way of wringing core emotions out of rather turgid material -- and finding a story worth telling.

Guadagnino doesn't shy away from nudity and adult sexual situations, each of which ties back into the story's outcome. He shoots the Italian hideaway in ways that make it seem both relaxing and stirring, with delicious-looking food and a sunny swimming pool, as well as invasions from snakes and geckos. The director occasionally focuses on stray details, sometimes suddenly zooming in and creating a strangely off-putting but alluring effect. A BIGGER SPLASH tells a lurid story, but one with unexpected intelligence and psychological depth.

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