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Knight of Cups

  • Starring: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
  • Director: Terrence Malick
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 118 min.

Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward. Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape — but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination

"There's something at once vividly familiar and strikingly different about "Knight of Cups," a feverish plunge into the toxic cloud of decadence swirling around a Los Angeles screenwriter gone to seed."
- Justin Chang, Variety
"It has the uncanny quality of an out-of-body experience, not a torn-from-the-heart confessional."
- Carson Lund, Slant Magazine
"Knight of Cups might be both the most intoxicating film he's ever made—a deluge of gorgeous, kinetic images and sounds—and, in some ways, the most perplexing."
- Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
"There's nothing quite like a Malick movie. But once viewers have contemplated the mysteries of the universe itself, perhaps anything else will feel like a step down."
- David Sims, The Atlantic
"It's an instant classic in several genres -- the confessional, the inside-Hollywood story, the Dantesque midlife-crisis drama, the religious quest, the romantic struggle, the sexual reverie, the family melodrama."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The city Malick gives us is at once familiar and strange, beautiful and empty, a place where the real and the surreal were born to coexist. It's an otherworldly theater for an otherworldly tale."
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out