Starring: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Kidman, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald, Denis O’Hare


Drama directed by John Crowley in which the story follows Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort), whose life is turned upside down when he was thirteen years-old and his mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on an odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day, a priceless painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch, The Goldfinch.



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[to young Theodore; referring to The Goldfinch painting]
Audrey Decker: This is the one I was talking about.


[to young Theodore; gives him his ring]
Old Man: Hobart and Blackwell.


[to young Theodore; referring to the terrorist attack at the art museum]
Detective: We’re just trying to build little bits of the puzzle. What do you remember about the incident?


Detective: Look at the map. Where were you when it happened?
Young Theodore: I don’t remember.
Detective: When you came around, did you see people?
Young Theodore: Yes.
Detective: What were they doing?
Young Theodore: They were dead.


[to young Theodore]
Hobie: You’re the boy, are you? The boy whose mother was killed.


[to young Theodore]
Mrs. Barbour: We all feel afraid sometimes.


[to young Theodore]
Mrs. Barbour: The sooner we get back to a normal routine, the better.


Young Pippa: Is your mother dead too?
Young Theodore: Yes.


[to young Theodore]
Hobie: That glow, that’s life.


[to young Theodore]
Young Boris: There’s something important I have to tell you.


[referring to his mother]
Young Theodore: It’s my fault she died!


Theodore Decker: [voice over] In Amsterdam, I dreamt I saw my mother again. The same beautiful pale blue eyes.


Theodore Decker: [voice over] When I lost her, I lost sight of any landmark that might have led me someplace happier.


Hobie: You never know what’s going to decide your future.


Hobie: [to Theodore] To lose something that should have been immortal. Please tell me it isn’t true.


Hobie: [to Theodore] Miracle after miracle, it survives, until you.


Mrs. Barbour: Now, you must tell me. What have you been doing with your life?
Theodore Decker: Uh, dealing antiques.
Mrs. Barbour: Mm. Antiques. When you were a child, I used to catch you studying my paintings. You’d always go straight to the very best ones. De Peille, Elaine, Copley. I used to think, “Ah, a kindred spirit.”
Theodore Decker: Mrs. Barbour, I am so sorry.
Mrs. Barbour: I don’t need to tell you about loss.


Mrs. Barbour: [to Theodore] I’m so glad you came back to us.


Pippa: [to Theodore] We are an awful lot alike, Theo, what we went through.


Theodore Decker: [to Pippa] It’s like he sent me exactly where I needed to be, and to who I needed to be with.


Lucius Reeve: [to Theodore] I know you were there, and I know what else was in that room. The Goldfinch.


Theodore Decker: Before and after. Everything was before and after. And the middle is the painting.


Pippa: Even the tiniest things means something.


Mrs. Barbour: [to Theodore] I thought everything would be broken forever.


Boris Pavlikovsky: [to Theodore] Maybe sometimes good can come from bad.


[referring to The Goldfinch painting]
Theodore Decker: I would have given it back, I swear.


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