Knight of Cups movie – 2015

Knight of cups – The Movie – 2015


Director: Terrence Malick
Duur: 1 u 58 m
Scenario: Terrence Malick
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Release Date: March 4, 2016



Knight of Cups – The Movie – Review 
Last year I went to a tiny movie theater somewhere in a small town in The Netherlands. This intimite theater (maybe as big as twice a living room) was exactly the right place to watch this movie. The knight of cups is a movie that descibes a period in a human life, where adults do not seem to talk about often. Or maybe a lot of adults do not experience a period like this (consciously). In this movie review I write from my personal perspective on how I felt intensely connected to this movie when I watch it last year.


Before the time I watched this movie I was withdrawing myself from the world around me for a while. Normally I am a pretty sober, talkative, happy and an outgoing person who likes a nice drink and a good party now and then. But now I had the chance to work on my own art projects for a few months. At the same time there was a spiritual or personal development going on that I never experienced before. The hermit tarot card describes pretty much my experience of that time. Or to be more precise: the hermit the high priestess and  the moon took me all at the same time to an isolated place were bitter sweet feelings created a different perspective on life. I would describe it as a strong connection with my inner self while being present in a pale world. The fakeness of what we call “reality” became painfully clear to me. How people sailed along with this stream of bullshit even seemed worse then rediculous to me. There was a thick glass wall in between me and the world we have accepted as “daily life experience”. I felt invisible but safe, like an observant of the world around me. Talking to people was irrelevant. They where in a different reality then I was. I could see their reality and I knew what it felt like, but they couldn’t see the reality that I CHOOSE to be in. I did not use words to describe my feelings to myself. It felt like something in between mourning and washing ashore after a long swim, half drowned but still alive. I knew this journey was important to do. After doing an intense research the last 10 years on healing, magic and art, maybe this was my final round of the chapter. After not talking much to people for weeks or even months (I can’t even remember) I felt understood by this movie. So from my perspective, this is why I do recommend watching this movie. Especially when you have experienced a similar period like Rick, the protagonist, which looks kind of similar to my own experience. And it could happen to you, as a dedicated tarot reader. Because reading tarot makes you conscious and aware of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Ofcourse, it depends on how you experience the world, but for me it felt like I finally had a real conversation with someone in that conscious period.


During the break of the movie a man asked me what I thought about the movie. He told me that he loved it, that he recognized it and that he experienced a spiritual journey like it when he was younger. It was beautiful to hear and see he seemed to understand it all completly, which made me really happy. I am very happy and grateful that this movie came to me at exactly the right time, synchronously, like a tarot card. “You are not alone”.



I look forward to your comments and if you have a similar spiritual experience like this.


Does this movie has anything to do with tarot cards:
Yes, the movie is divided in chapters. Every chapter has the name of a tarot card. The personalities and events in that chapter are related to that particular tarot card. A must see for every tarot reader. Personally I think some chapters (like the high priestess) could confuse beginning tarot readers about tarot card meanings. The movie is more about the knight of cups reversed. That is probably why they changed the poster another time into a tarot card with Rick on it in reversed position. As a tarot enthusiast you won’t regret watching this movie.


Why I think this movie is brilliant:
The experimental part makes this movie special, actual and unique. The main character Rick feels undefined and doesn’t understand the world around him. In the movie it looks like the director didn’t tell the actor Christian Bale what he should do in these scenes. This makes that you are more surprised as a viewer of the movie. It looks like Christian Bale really doesn’t know what is happing around him or what is going to happen in the movie. It is the first reality movie is have seen :-). In this subtile way it is absolutly fantastic!
The movie is very open and can be percieved in many ways, like tarot cards are open for interpretation. Great concept!


Why you might dislike this movie:
This movie isn’t for everyone. You need be openminded to the subject of tarot cards and maybe even recognize yourself in the movie in some way. This movie is great when you like alternative movies or when you read tarot cards.  If you like to watch an easy Hollywood movie, this is not for you. It might look like it in the first place but that is a fantastic illusion created by Terence Malick.


 Knight of Cups – Teaser:

Cast Knight of cups (Source:
Joe Manganiello Joe Manganiello
Natalie Portman Natalie Portman
Teresa Palmer Teresa Palmer
Christian Bale Christian Bale
Cate Blanchett Cate Blanchett
Imogen Poots Imogen Poots
Joel Kinnaman Joel Kinnaman
Nick Offerman Nick Offerman
Wes Bentley Wes Bentley
Nicky Whelan Nicky Whelan
Jason Clarke Jason Clarke
Isabel Lucas Isabel Lucas
Antonio Banderas Antonio Banderas
Ben Kingsley Ben Kingsley
Freida Pinto Freida Pinto
Katia Winter Katia Winter
Thomas Lennon Thomas Lennon
Rick’s Friend
Cherry Jones Cherry Jones
Michael Wincott Michael Wincott
Clifton Collins Jr. Clifton Collins Jr.
Brian Dennehy Brian Dennehy
Ryan O'Neal Ryan O’Neal
Joe Lo Truglio Joe Lo Truglio
Shea Whigham Shea Whigham
Kevin Corrigan Kevin Corrigan
Nick Kroll Nick Kroll
Jocelin Donahue Jocelin Donahue
Tara Beaulieu Tara Beaulieu
Nikki Magnusson Nikki Magnusson
Casino Patron
Armin Mueller-Stahl Armin Mueller-Stahl
Fr. Zeitlinger
Elena Caruso Elena Caruso
Hazuki Kato Hazuki Kato
Party Girl
Fabio Fabio
Party Guest
Madeleine Wade Madeleine Wade
Dancer (as Madeleine Lindley-Wade)
Christie Beran Christie Beran
Beautiful Vegas Girl
Jelly Howie Jelly Howie
Jamie Harris Jamie Harris
Halle Arbaugh Halle Arbaugh
Tamara Belous Tamara Belous
Dizzy Actress (as Tamara Belousova)
Adrienne McQueen Adrienne McQueen
Miranda Jewel Miranda Jewel
Party Goer #1
Chéri Ballinger Chéri Ballinger
Blond Spa Girl
Jaime Gallagher Jaime Gallagher
Kate Clarke Kate Clarke
Neighbor with Children
Mena Lovin Mena Lovin
Magali Widmer Magali Widmer
Stephen D'Angelo Stephen D’Angelo
Leni Rico Leni Rico
Valiant Michael Valiant Michael
Slavitza Jovan Slavitza Jovan
Aura Esther Trentin Aura Esther Trentin
Chris neighbor (as Aura Trentin)
Bruce Wagner Bruce Wagner
Roberta Caocci Roberta Caocci
Sarah Kaite Coughlan Sarah Kaite Coughlan
Sara Wallace Sara Wallace
Missouri Traveler
Allison Ott Allison Ott
Marie Antoinette
Patrick Whitesell Patrick Whitesell
Sara Mohr Sara Mohr
Tiffany Connor Tiffany Connor
Julie Berlin Julie Berlin
Beach House Party Guest
Emely von Oest Emely von Oest
Dash Kolos Dash Kolos
Party Guest
Dean Bruni Dean Bruni
Party Guest
Jayce Alexander Basques Jayce Alexander Basques
Cafe Patron
Olesya Grushko Olesya Grushko
Loraelei Temoney Loraelei Temoney
Party Guest
Luca Bello Luca Bello
Neighbor in Earthquake (as Luca Belloiv)
Ria Huang Ria Huang
Drunk Girl
Alan Mueting Alan Mueting
Party guest with date
Alain Mesa Alain Mesa
Party Guest
Joe Childs Joe Childs
Little Man
Kelli Jo Sweeney Kelli Jo Sweeney
Bre Tiesi Bre Tiesi
Kate Myers Kate Myers
Silver Girl
Tom Damato Tom Damato
Ghoul (as Amato D’Apolito)
Kristina Zias Kristina Zias
Richard Baderinwa Richard Baderinwa
Devin Hennessy Devin Hennessy
Crazy Drunk
Emad Asfoury Emad Asfoury
Jaime Gerth Jaime Gerth
Party Guest
Minnie Lagrimas Minnie Lagrimas
Jumpy Jumpy
Pool diving dog
Naha Armády Naha Armády
Tattooed Tarot Card Reader
Ellyette Eleni Ellyette Eleni
Peter Matthiessen Peter Matthiessen
DJ Z-Trip DJ Z-Trip
Austin Wallace Austin Wallace
Missouri Traveler
Brian Pugh Brian Pugh
Bodie Wallace Bodie Wallace
Missouri Traveler
Robert T. Barrett Robert T. Barrett
Tony Vendedda Tony Vendedda
Hunter Wallace Hunter Wallace
Missouri Traveler
Nikolay Arkhipov Nikolay Arkhipov
Blind Man
Edgar Khachatryan Edgar Khachatryan
Background, Pool Guy
Alexandra Amadio Alexandra Amadio
Waitress (uncredited)
Vaz Andreas Vaz Andreas
Piano player (uncredited)
Leo Fialho Leo Fialho
Interested Museumgoer (uncredited)
Vanessa Elizabeth Harris Vanessa Elizabeth Harris
Party Guest (uncredited)
Theo Bongani Ndyalvane Theo Bongani Ndyalvane
Party Guest (uncredited)
Lauren M. Sherman Lauren M. Sherman
Waitress / Party Guest (uncredited)
Nicole Stark Nicole Stark
Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Lauren Tucker Lauren Tucker
Waitress / Party Guest (uncredited)

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Looking forward to seeing this movie!