A Bigger Splash

Lists: Drama, Film Quest 2016

Brief Synopsis: "An American couple, Paul and Marianne, spend their vacation in Italy and and experiences trouble when the wife invites a former lover and his teenage daughter to visit, which leads to jealousy and dangerous sexual scenarios."

Overall Ranking: 899 (Rank from 2015: # 32)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 42.86%
Regular 57.14%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Sober Film Critic James Brown93
David Baruffi88(full review)
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine84 - Swinton plays Marianne Lane a famous female glam rock personality recovering from throat surgery. She not only can't speak above a whisper, she's been told to refrain from speaking while her vocal chords heal. What better place to recuperate than on a beautiful Mediterranean Island called Pantelleria in Italy. She's accompanied by her Photographer boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) the two of them seem to have a shorthand which requires few words; and you sense it was like this between them even before Marianne's surgery...
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Sex Appeal: 4
Rewatch: 6
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Dan O'Neill75(full review)
Movie Waffler Eric Hillis70(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest65(full review)

People Involved

  • Dakota Johnson (Penelope Lanier)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Harry Hawkes)
  • Tilda Swinton (Marianne Lane)
  • Matthias Schoenaerts (Paul De Smedt)
  • Aurore ClĂ©ment (Mireille)
  • Corrado Guzzanti (Maresciallo Carabinieri)
  • Lily McMenamy (Sylvie)
  • Elena Bucci (Clara)
  • Luca Guadagnino (Director)