Italian director Luca Guadagnino, who enjoyed international success with his 2009 drama I Am Love, serves up another tale of the wealthy elite and their rarefied emptiness. Tilda Swinton, the filmmaker's frequent collaborator, plays an Annie Lennox-type rock star relaxing on a remote island with her quiet, attentive young lover (Matthias Schoenaerts); her fatuous old music-biz friend (Ralph Fiennes), who won't shut up about his magical experiences recording the Rolling Stones' dismal late albums; and the man's snarky, minimally clad, perpetually undulating daughter (Dakota Johnson), whom he's met only recently. More than an hour of picturesque ennui follows, though Guadagnino wisely prods the narrative into action toward the end with a noirish weave of infidelity and violence. In English and subtitled Italian.
By J.R. Jones