Movies like Calamari Union

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Calamari Union
Genre: Comedy
Country: Finland
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Calamari Union is an allegorical movie that tells the story of sixteen men all of whom are called Frank (inspired by Frank Armoton) apart from a single confrere, Pekka. Collectively the Franks and Pekka are unhappy with the perceived oppression they face in their district of Helsinki, Kallio, and decide to move to another, Eira, imagining it to be an unspoiled place where people can live lives of dignity. The journey is an ironic one given that both districts are not so far apart. In this spirit, their journey across the city takes on epic proportions with each of the travellers gradually falling by the wayside due to such travails as marriage, work, and death. In its entirety the film is a wry discussion of humanity within a system that regards humans as subservient components.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious, melancholic, sincere, art house, satirical, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: crime, obsession, surrealism, finnish, on the road, obsessive quest, deadpan, existentialism, loneliness, redemption, spelling bee, eccentricity, gangsters, hopes, crime gone awry, rock and roll, life & death, male nudity, irreverent, dialogue, friends, brutality, gang, life philosophy, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, finland, helsinki finland, new jersey
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Drifting Clouds
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97 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, melancholic, talky and realistic films with plots about dialogue, catastrophe, storytelling, mentor, brutality, existentialism and drinking mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Calamari Union: Ariel (1988), The Match Factory Girl (1990), Drifting Clouds (1996), Le Havre (2011), Computer Chess (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ariel
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Duration: 72 min.
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Story: Iris (Kati Outinen) has a soul-deadening job as a quality-control worker watching boxes of matches go by on an assembly line all day. At night, she eats silently with her dour mother (Elina Salo) and stepfather (Esko Nikkari). One weekend, wearing ...
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Genre: Comedy
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Le Havre
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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
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Blue in the Face
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
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Genre: Comedy
Country: Finland
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