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Knight of Cups Movie Quotes

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Knight of Cups movie quotes take viewers on an experimental film journey following one screenwriter who tries to navigate the confusing land of Hollywood. The drama film was written and directed by Terrence Malick and loosely inspired by The Pilgrim's Progress and Hymn of the Pearl. After premiering at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, Knight of Cups opened in theaters on March 4, 2016.

In Knight of Cups, viewers follow Rick (Christian Bale) through eight chapters, named for tarot cards and each focused on a different secondary character. He meets Della (Imogen Poots), a young woman who distracts him from his real life, and deals with family issues, specifically with brother Barry (Wes Bentley) and father, Joseph (Brian Dennehy). Rick is taken into the world of Hollywood excess by Tonio (Antonio Banderas), who both indulges in excess himself and recognizes the act, and deals with ex-wife Nancy (Cate Blanchett), a doctor.

The women keep coming for Rick as he has some fun with model Helen (Freida Pinto) and stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer). He reunites with past love Elizabeth (Natalie Portman) and makes a new friend in Isabel (Isabel Lucas). But through all of these adventures, Rick never feels as though he is himself or even remembers who he really is, or wanted to become. This sends him on a journey to find that, if that's even possible.

Knight of Cups was just one of several films in theaters in March 2016 alongside Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Zootopia, London Has Fallen, and Deadpool.
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    Remember the Story I Used to Tell You

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    Joseph: Remember the story I used to tell you when you were a boy, about a young prince, sent by his father, the king of the east, to find a pearl?

    Joseph, Rick's father, reminds him of a story that Joseph told Rick when Rick was young. It involves a prince who was seeking a pearl but caught up in the festivities of life and fell into a deep sleep. Perhaps there's a parallel to Rick's life somewhere here.
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    The Life of Someone I Didn't Even Know

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    Rick: All those years, living the life of someone I didn't even know... You see the palm trees. They tell you anythings possible...

    Rick reflects on his life, or at least the life he lived rather than the person who lived it, whom he says he does not know. He fell into the trap of living in paradise and enjoying the now, rather than truly finding his place and purpose in this world.
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    The Man I Wanted to Be

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    Rick: I can't remember the man I wanted to be.

    Rick knows that once upon a time he wanted to do something with his life. He, however, cannot remember what that something was or who he sought to become as a grown man.
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    Is This a Friendship We Have?

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    Helen: Is this a friendship we have? I don't want to wreak havoc in men's lives anymore.

    Helen asks Rick about their relationship. Is it a friendship or romantic relationship? She doesn't know, but does know what she wants to do, stop hurting men.
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