Swinton makes a Splash

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in 'A Bigger Splash'

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in 'A Bigger Splash'

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Sun, sea, sex and skulduggery are the key ingredients of writer-director Luca Guadagnino’s spicy cinematic cocktail, A Bigger Splash, which elegantly updates the erotically charged 1969 thriller La Piscine from St Tropez to the rugged Sicilian island of Pantelleria.

Oscar-winning British actress Tilda Swinton has a plum role as a David Bowie-esque glam rock doyenne called Marianne, who has retreated to Pantelleria with her boyfriend as she recuperates from surgery.

During a lazy afternoon on a secluded beach, Marianne receives a telephone call from an old flame, who has arrived unexpectedly on the island. It’s clear he has arrived with an ulterior motive – to drive a wedge between the couple.