‘Knight of Cups’ Video: Behind the Scenes of Terrence Malick’s Latest Movie

Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in a scene from Knight of Cups
Christian Bale stars as ‘Rick’ and Natalie Portman as ‘Elizabeth’ in Terrence Malick’s drama ‘Knight of Cups’ (Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Broad Green Pictures)

Terrence Malick’s seventh film, Knight of Cups, will open in limited release on March 4, 2016 and the cast recently sat down to provide a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work on a Malick project. In this behind the scenes video, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Frieda Pinto, Antonio Banderas, and Wes Bentley talk about the fact their scenes are all improvised and they’re only provided with the very basic information as to what is required of them in each scene. They also discuss the freedom they’re given by Malick and how the camera actually becomes another character in the film.


Malick’s other films include The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life, To the Wonder, The New World, Days of Heaven, and Badlands.

The Knight of Cups Plot: Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) 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.