A Bigger Splash

Into the the deep end

A rock star (Tilda Swinton) recovering from throat surgery and her filmmaker husband (Matthias Schoenaerts) are resting up on a remote Italian island when their tranquility is shattered by the abrupt and not entirely welcome arrival of an old flame (Ralph Fiennes, amusingly over the top) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). There’s no conventional plot or clear moral in Luca Guadagnino’s lush and lurid behavioral drama, but the sexual tension is high and constant. While I initially dismissed this as pretentious Eurotrash, by the end credits I found myself completely under its ambiguous, wicked spell.

Japanese title: Munesawagi no Sicilia.(125 min)