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Knight of Cups is a 2015 American experimental drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and produced by Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao. The film stars an ensemble cast of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Brian Dennehy, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer and Wes Bentley.
Loosely inspired by and at times quoting directly from both the 1678 Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress and the passage Hymn of the Pearl from the Acts of Thomas, the film follows depressed Los Angeles screenwriter Rick (Christian Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.
After over two years in post-production, the film premiered in the main competition section at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 8, 2015 to polarizing reviews. The film was released theatrically in the United States on March 4, 2016 by Broad Green Pictures to further mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike.
The title of the film refers to the tarot card, the Knight of Cups.