Ambitious, eccentric yet ultimately unpleasant, A Bigger Splash is, on the surface, a story of a rock-star generation growing old. But with its three Europeans and one American at the core of the story, holed up on a remote Italian island itself dealing with illegal immigrants, there’s more than a passing reference to colonialism.
Arrogant behaviour, no speaking the local language, a constant shift in allegiances between the ‘superpowers’ – all compacted into the menage-a-quatre unfolding in front of us. Not one of the characters is particularly likeable – with Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter, The English Patient) in fine fettle as a hugely annoying music producer/manager.
Director Luca Guadagnino is responsible for I Am Love, one of my personal favourite films of the last decade (and also starring Tilda Swinton). A Bigger Splash, sadly, is a miss.