At first glance, the just-released trailer for I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash looks like it could be an extended version of the beginning of Before Midnight, where various generations gather in a villa and discuss life, love, sex, etc. over nice olive oil.
But the difference here is that the trailer leads us to believe that the film might end in some kind of violence. Here, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) play a couple — she, a rock star, and he, a filmmaker. They’re getting solace from their fast-paced lives on the Italian island of Pantelleria — but a visit from Swinton’s character’s ex — played by Ralph Fiennes — and his daughter, played by Fifty Shades’ Dakota Johnson, hijacks the tranquility.
A Bigger Splash is based on the 1969 film La Piscine, which, incidentally like I Am Love, features a particularly dramatic event in a chlorinated body of water (I’m sparing you spoilers, you see, by not naming that body of water in English). Fear not: this doesn’t seem like another mindless modernization of an old film. In their review of A Bigger Splash after its screening at the Venice Film Festival, Variety said that La Piscine is just “the platform from which [Splash] dives into far deeper — and more explicitly fervid — psychological waters.”
Watch the trailer: