'A film by Luca Guadagnino'
In preparation for interviewing film director Luca Guadagnino I had the privelege of watching his glorious latest film A Bigger Splash, due for release in cinemas in Australia today.
A Bigger Splash is an erotic drama infused with style and deception, there are so many layers to this film that it really depends on which layer draws you in and taps into your own beliefs and views around human behaviour as to the type of reaction you might experience. It is a film that evokes discussion. The performances are incredible... Tilda Swinton (Marianne) is an androgynous rock star cult figure in recovery from a throat operation on the Côte d’Azur on the Italian island of Pantelleria. She can’t speak throughout the whole film, her expression is masterfully done through body language and intonation. She is joined by her long time boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), a brooding recovering alcoholic, and they seem to be living in a blissful state of love, intimacy and sunshine until they receive a call and visit from Marianne’s former boyfriend Ralph Fiennes (Harry) and his teenage daughter, played by Dakota Johnson. Sensational as a self expressed rock’n’roll man of excess, the sinister, real purpose behind Harry’s visit becomes clear. While playing the charismatic guest, he aims to win back the affection of his former lover Marianne and in doing so sets off a chain of events that ends tragically for everyone. A destructive tale of narcissism and human indulgence. Perhaps a warning around choosing a self absorbed life of excess. It made me evaluate my own life.
Luca spent an intense couple of days in Sydney, talking to media and the press about A Bigger Splash and I was lucky enough to spend an early morning chatting to this very talented man.
Emma: “Luca how did this film come about?"
Luca: “I was approached to remake a very old French movie called La Piscine, which I had seen as a kid. I wasn’t very attracted to this film but I remember the basic storyline... four people, a pool, tension, sexual jealousy, desire, a murder... and I thought well I can try to make something personal out of these bare bone elements, so I agreed to take on the project but I wanted to write the script from scratch. I chose to work with David Kajganich and we had this endless two month conversation in Los Angeles. We dug deeply into the story we wanted to create and then he wrote the script.”
Emma: “A Bigger Splash, this is a very intense film, I loved it, I couldn’t stop watching. I loved the scene when Ralph Fiennes played the Rolling Stones album and everyone was dancing. It was so joyous and cool, and then everything just unravelled into darkness. I felt the pain of all of those four main characters. So what was it that you wanted the audience to walk away with after watching this film?”
Luca: “I think I wanted to give a riff of electricity to the audience, like having a kind of post concert electric state. I like to empower an audience to individually understanding a film. I think an audience can make up their mind. I like a movie that leaves you with a very strong subjective point of view.”
A Bigger Splash does just that, it makes you question, evaluate and think. It is a beautiful artistic masterpiece and is a must see for everyone that is interested in a sophisticated cinema experience.
A BIGGER SPLASH
Release: 24 March 2016
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson
Director: Luca Guadagnino
To view the trailer click here.