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Now showing at BFI Southbank Belvedere Road,South Bank,London,London SE1 8XT 020 7928 3232

  • A Bigger Splash
  • Innocence Of Memories
  • Slow Motion

A Bigger Splash 4 stars

David Bowie-esque glam rock doyenne Marianne Lane is recuperating from surgery on her vocal chords. She has retreated to a villa on the rugged Sicilian island of Pantelleria with her boyfriend, documentary filmmaker Paul De Smedt. During a lazy afternoon on a secluded beach, Marianne receives a telephone call from her old flame, boorish record producer Harry Hawkes, who has arrived unexpectedly on the island. It's clear that Harry has arrived with an ulterior motive - to drive a wedge between the couple.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastMatthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes.
  • DirectorLuca Guadagnino.
  • WriterDavid Kajganich.
  • CountryIta/Fr
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/ABiggerSplash
  • Release12/02/2016 (selected cinemas)

Sun, sea, sex and skulduggery are the key ingredients of writer-director Luca Guadagnino's spicy cinematic cocktail, which elegantly updates the erotically charged 1969 thriller La Piscine from St Tropez to the rugged Sicilian island of Pantelleria. Simmering sexual tensions of the original have been turned up to a furious boil in A Bigger Splash, which demands full-frontal nudity from almost the entire cast as the battle of the sexes claims at least one casualty. The striking backdrop of a volcanic Mediterranean island is an apt metaphor for the dormant desires of morally conflicted characters, who threaten to erupt under sustained provocation. The four protagonists all seem capable of inflicting a fatal blow and breaking the heady spell of the untamed idyll. It's this air of uncertainty and impending doom which electrifies every frame of Guadagnino's stylistically specific vision. Once again, the filmmaker collaborates with Oscar-winning British actress Tilda Swinton and gifts her a plum role as a David Bowie-esque glam rock doyenne called Marianne Lane, who is recuperating from surgery on her vocal chords. Medically enforced silence forces Swinton to convey tortuous emotions through movement rather than words, allowing her co-stars to inflict damage with their well-placed verbal grenades. Marianne has retreated to a villa on Pantelleria with her boyfriend, documentary filmmaker Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts), who has tamed her wild, drug-crazed excesses while shaking himself free of alcoholism. During a lazy afternoon on a secluded beach, Marianne receives a telephone call from her old flame, boorish record producer Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes), who has arrived unexpectedly on the island. It's clear that Harry has arrived with an ulterior motive - to drive a wedge between the couple - and he has brought along his alluring teenage daughter, Penelope (Dakota Johnson), to distract Paul. "Underneath, she's a lovely bitch like her mother," jokes Harry. Worming his way into the guest room at Marianne's secluded villa, Harry charms housekeeper Clara (Elena Bucci) and wallows in nostalgia to remind the hostess of happy times with him. Marianne remains by Paul's side until the two men finally lock horns. "You have no idea of the stuff I got her off," rages Harry. "I got her off you," counters Paul bluntly. Sharing its title with a 1967 David Hockney painting, A Bigger Splash is energised by Fiennes' unflinching portrayal of an emotional wrecking ball. A centrepiece sequence of the actor gyrating wildly to The Rolling Stones' hit Emotional Rescue - an ironic musical choice - truly smacks our gobs. Swinton is in imperious form and on-screen chemistry with Schoenaerts is molten like freshly spewed lava. Johnson is scorched by her co-stars, but shows greater depth than Fifty Shades Of Grey afforded her. Writer-director Guadagnino repeatedly turns up the heat until we're itching for a cooling dip in the ominously blue waters of Marianne's pool.

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Innocence Of Memories 3 stars

In 2008, Turkish Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk published the tragic love story The Museum Of Innocence, which chronicles the passionate affair of wealthy man Kemal and pretty shop assistant Fusus. Four years later, he opened a real museum with the same name, filled with artefacts that trace the same fictional love affair. This documentary travels to Istanbul to meet Pamuk and tour the museum, exploring the life of the author and the history of the bustling city.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • CastPandora Colin, Mehmet Ergen.
  • DirectorGrant Gee.
  • WriterOrhan Pamuk, Grant Gee.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site
  • Release29/01/2016 (selected cinemas)

In 2008, Turkish Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk published the tragic love story The Museum Of Innocence, which chronicles the passionate affair of wealthy man Kemal and pretty shop assistant Fusus. Four years later, he opened a real museum with the same name, filled with artefacts that trace the same fictional love affair. Documentary filmmaker Grant Gee travels to Istanbul to meet Pamuk and tour the museum, exploring the life of the author and the history of the bustling city from a new perspective.

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Thursday 11th February 2016

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Slow Motion 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastIsabelle Huppert.
  • DirectorJean-Luc Godard.
  • CountrySwitz/Fr
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 11th February 2016