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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

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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Storyline

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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Fragments of a melancholy soul loathing the L.A. vacant 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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USA

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Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cavaleiro de Copas See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,551, 6 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$558,402, 1 May 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the script for this movie was between four hundred and six hundred pages long, but Terrence Malick told him not to read it. Instead, he wanted Lubezki to approach the movie in the manner of a documentary filmmaker. Lubezki said that he never shot a movie before without reading the script first. See more »

Quotes

Nancy: You're still the love of my life. Should I tell you that?
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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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References Call of Duty (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 / Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
Composed by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki (as Henryk Gorecki)
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Antoni Wit
Courtesy of Naxos, by arrangement with Source/Q
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A true poem
14 February 2016 | by luukvanrielSee all my reviews

I won't mislead anyone. This movie is a tough watch if you don't like movie as a form of art and poetry. This movie requires you to be open-minded, philosophically inclined and love good cinematography and music.

Malick once again put me in a hypnotic state of trance while watching this film. He keeps on going against conventional movie making. His style is hypnotic and gorgeous.

What I took away after and while watching this movie is that it is a observational piece on human behavior. It made me realize how crazy the human race is. The way we enjoy entertainment, treat our women and live our lives. It's all a really surreal thing for a species to do.

Apart from the plot, this movie is mesmerizing and extremely relaxing to watch. The soundtrack is trippy and hypnotic as always and Malick is really settling on a certain (like it or hate it) style of filmmaking. It's very personal whether you like his films or not. To me personally his films are wonderful observational pieces of art that should be stored and preserver for future generations to reflect upon.

His films are also really great material to watch when you're high on psychedelics ;)


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