A Bigger Splash ★★★★★

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The painting is iconic - but what I love most about this film is the way it meshes documentary and fiction; a docudrama that is erotic and introspective of its subject. A Bigger Splash has some of the best film editing I think I've seen in a film - not because its kinetic or necessarily creative, but because it meshes its contents to such a degree that it no longer even feels vérité. As a biopic on David Hockney, it feels equally honest and fantastical. As a documentary, the lines are blurred so much that it's near-impossible to distinguish. Either way, Hockney is intriguing, and the depiction of a gay couple in the early-70s comes off nonchalant in a way that's refreshing.