A Bigger Splash
“I can’t believe the clock can run out on a woman like that,” Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes)
A snake entering the grounds of an Italian villa idyll, early on, is an apt metaphor for what has just occurred. Rock star Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton – of course a total fit) and boyfriend Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts) are sojourning at the former’s secluded holiday home while she recovers from throat surgery. Lounging sans apparels is how we meet them, further growing the Garden of Eden analogy. Out of the blue, Harry (Fiennes) telephones to say he has just arrived on their Mediterranean island, Pantelleria. In tow is newly acquainted daughter, Penelope Lanier (Dakota Johnson), effusing sulky distance. Back to that snake, Paul unceremoniously chucks it from the property. Oh, and a sand storm is coming.
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