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Knight of Cups (2015)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 March 2016 (USA)
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A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Rick
Cate Blanchett ... Nancy
Natalie Portman ... Elizabeth
Brian Dennehy ... Joseph
Antonio Banderas ... Tonio
Freida Pinto ... Helen
Wes Bentley ... Barry
Isabel Lucas ... Isabel
Teresa Palmer ... Karen
Imogen Poots ... Della
Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen ... Christopher
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Fr. Zeitlinger
Cherry Jones ... Ruth
Patrick Whitesell ... Agent #1
Rick Hess Rick Hess ... Agent #2
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Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, California. While he's successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted by the death of one brother and the dire circumstances of the other, he finds temporary solace in the Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to the daily pain he must endure, and every encounter that comes his way brings him closer to finding his place in the world. The film is divided into eight chapters (each named after a tarot card, except for the final chapter Freedom), plus a prologue, each loosely based around the central character's relationship with somebody in his life..

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Dream-like quest for the meaning of life. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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In an interview with Belgian newspaper "Het Laatste Nieuws" in April 2015, Joel Kinnaman said that he had worked on a seventeen-page monologue for three weeks, and when he arrived on set, writer and director Terrence Malick said: "If y'all have something to say, it's not important what y'all say, but I just want a slice of life." Kinnaman said that the script was utterly worthless, and that he had to hire three acting coaches just to decipher it. According to Kinnaman, the dialogue was made for someone out of the 1940s, and that nobody uses such language anymore. There was also no background information at all, and the actors and actresses just had to figure it all out by themselves. He wasn't too fond of Christian Bale either. He said that Bale just walked off when Kinnaman was about to do his dialogue with him, shaming him in front of two hundred extras. Kinnaman said that he had never felt so embarrassed in his whole life. The final straw was when filming a scene, Malick was thirty meters away filming a pink dog instead. That's when Kinnaman said "fu-ck this shit", and that's the last they heard of him on the set of the movie. See more »

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Rick: Oh... life.
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"For optimal sound reproduction, the producers of this film recommend that you play it loud." (In the opening credits.) See more »

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Features Twin Peaks: Episode #2.1 (1990) See more »

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Dawa Gompa
Composed and Performed by David Parsons
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonics
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A Difficult Movie to Follow
21 February 2016 | by kdavies-69347See all my reviews

Knight of Cups was a very different subject than I was expecting from director Terrence Malick. Few directors delve into the raw emotional content that carries us through our daily narrative. Most of his films approach the viewer from the very abstract to the rather mundane. I was quite impressed with most of his previous work, but I failed to grasp what was going on here.

Christian Bale confirmed in an interview with The Guardian, a few things that people should know before watching this film. Mostly that the director did very little in terms of actual direction and scripting. Every scene in this film was either unscripted or improvised. Actors were playing off each other and had very little to go off of scene by scene.

Bale plays a successful Hollywood Screenwriter, who is haunted by his traumatic past and fails at most of his relationships. Not out of poor decisions but because he seems lost more than anything. The events that lay before him are strange and somewhat unconnected, but the recurring theme of his affairs, love interests, and strange breathy narration (which is fairly typical for Malick's films), make this film somewhat of a repeating loop of the same events over and over again. You're left a bit confused at the end wondering, what was this film about. There are some beautiful shots in it, yet still a difficult movie to follow.

A rather contemporary, if unguided effort on the director's part, and falls somewhat flat next to his more spectacular body of work.

5/10


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Opening Weekend USA:

$60,551, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$566,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,026,288
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