Movies like Calamari Union

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Calamari Union (1985)
 7.1
 3K
Calamari Union (1985)
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, humorous, atmospheric, sincere, bleak, gloomy, semi serious, cult film, melancholic, art house ...
Plot: crimes, crime, obsession, gang, on the road, friendship, friends, utopia, ambition, obsessive quest, hopes, blind ambition, human nature, crime and punishment, redemption, escapades, surrealism, journey, subway, gun, city, taxi driver, poverty, tunnel, bar ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, finland, helsinki finland, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and melancholic films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, weird, suprisingly clever, dialogue, runaway and brutality mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Calamari Union: Ariel (1988), The Match Factory Girl (1990), Kummeli Goldrush (1997), Shadows in Paradise (1986), Kamikaze Girls (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ariel (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Finland
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Taisto Kasurinen is a Finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things ...
Style: stylized, witty, humorous, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, escape, prisoner, prison, falling in love, false accusation, on the road, romance, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 69 min.
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 ...
Style: bleak, serious, psychological, disturbing, harsh ...
Plot: vengeance, working class, murder, pregnancy, loneliness, parent child relationship, factory, unwanted pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, young woman, poison, visceral ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: helsinki finland, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Kummeli Goldrush (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Finland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Psychiatric patient Elmeri knows about the existence of a gold treasure in Finnish Lapland, hidden there by his late father who somehow managed to capture it from withdrawing German troops on the last days of WW2. His openly gay nurse helps him ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, road movie, funny ...
Plot: treasure hunt, misfit, odd couple, mentally unstable, unlikely partners, escapades, obsessive quest, gays and lesbians, lapland, nazi, homosexual, gold ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: finland, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Shadows in Paradise (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a co-worker, an affair and much more.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental
Plot: hopes, friendship, dull life, friends, couples, redemption, love and romance, life is a bitch, love affair, romance, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: finland, europe, estonia, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, twists and turns, humorous, talky ...
Plot: high society, satire, farce, smuggling, heroin, police brutality, dream, guest, social decay, friendship, nothing goes right, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Momoko is an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life. Ordinary, that is, if you define ordinary as wearing elaborate lolita dresses from the Rococo period in 18th Century France. However, when punk girl and self-styled 'Yanki' Ichiko comes ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, feel good, humorous, buddy comedy ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, motorcycle gang, friendship, gang, obsessive quest, on the road, misfit, youth, leadership, adventure, store, teenage girl ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, japan, europe, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 20K
Le Havre (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: refugee, poverty, friendship, human spirit, elderly, bohemian life, society, misfit, goodhearted, social misfits, on the run, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, 70s
Place: france, europe, normandy, latin america, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.2
 41K
The Big Year (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Three fanatical bird-watchers spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the U.S., but they quickly discover that there are more important things than ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, scenic, light ...
Plot: friendship, obsession, birds, rivalry, ambition, midlife crisis, animal life, competition, marital problem, newlyweds, eccentricity, airplane ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: alaska, usa, china, new jersey, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: monk, s&m, incest, estrangement, social decay, society, chaos, religions or cults, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Man Without a Past (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job ...
Style: bleak, semi serious, humorous, touching, satirical ...
Plot: generosity, memory loss, poverty, amnesia, presumed dead, robbery, friendship, starting over, couple relations, financial problem, human nature, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe, north korea, helsinki finland, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tram driver Lauri looses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a headwaitress is closed. Too proud, to receive money from the social welfare system, they hardly try to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and ...
Style: realistic, touching, clever, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: unemployment, restaurant, society, waitress, down on your luck, couples, death in the family, family problems, job seeking, supportive coworker, cooking and food, loss of son ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland, europe, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Computer Chess (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, surreal, enigmatic, talky ...
Plot: chess, man versus machine, hotel, nerd, ambition, obsession, computer genius, a.i., computer system, rivalry, contests and competitions, artificial intelligence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pentagon, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Lost in America (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling ...
Style: road movie, humorous, witty, talky, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: satire, yuppie, on the road, fired from the job, self discovery, fish out of water, nothing goes right, couples, americana, promotion, disorder, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, new york, arizona, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Félix, disguised as Father Christmas, hands out leaflets advertising a sexy Christmas party. His place is taken by an African Santa Claus and he returns to his caravan only to find his girlfriend Josette about to leave him. When he comes after her, ...
Style: humorous, witty, offbeat, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: christmas, human nature, misfit, urban, breakup, suffering, social misfits, nothing goes right, couple relations, mentally unstable, social worker, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: paris france, france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
An Everlasting Piece (2000)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Colin (Barry McEvoy) is a Catholic and George (Brian O'Byrne) is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig salesman, known as the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, absurd, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, ambition, politics, society, rivalry, religions or cults, ira, baldness, unlikely friendships, wig, contests and competitions, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.2
 5K
Teddy Bear (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Poland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The main character, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances, is a manager of a sports club in Poland. One day he is detained at the border just as his sport team is off to a tournament. It appears that somebody has torn out ...
Style: biting, realistic, suspense, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: mistaken identity, filmmaking, society, polish, dishonesty, cons and scams, uninhibited rivalry, race against time, communism, satire, female nudity, absurd humor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: poland, tokyo, brazil, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band.
Style: road movie, humorous, funny, satirical, light ...
Plot: music band, music, family relations, americana, career, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, dream, rock band, wedding, long lost relative, band ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, finland, mexico, united states, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Denise Calls Up (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A group of friends in New York, working away at their PCs and laptops, keep in touch exclusively by phone and fax. They are all too busy to meet face to face. Gale plays matchmaker, by phone, to Jerry and Barbara who, in turn, hit it off beautifully ...
Style: humorous, ironic, satirical, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, telephone, looking for love, love and romance, pregnancy, self discovery, technology, answering machine, masturbation, eccentricity, loneliness, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Blue in the Face (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Auggie runs a small tobacco shop in Brooklyn, New York. The whole neighborhood comes to visit him to buy cigarettes and have some small talk. During the movie Lou Reed tries to explain why he has to have a cut on his health insurance bill if he ...
Style: talky, witty, realistic, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, getting along, family relations, friends, social relations, buddies, manners, couples, infidelity, introspection, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
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The Trip (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: on the road, restaurant, friendship, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, countryside, loneliness, midlife crisis, eccentricity, existentialism, sarcasm, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.9
 18K
Playtime (1967)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist, and as they weave ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, surreal, talky ...
Plot: tourist, restaurant, culture clash, farce, chaos, city life, nothing goes right, goofy hero, human existence, skyscraper, lifestyle, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Two Tickets to Paradise (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three guys on the verge of forty begin to realize all the best things in their lives happened before they were twenty. A spontaneous road trip adventure gives them a chance to balance the ledger
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: midlife crisis, friendship, self discovery, ambition, follow your dream, road trip, hopes, adolescence vs adulthood, adventure, escapades, new life, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
My Best Friend (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Catherine refuses to believe that her business partner, the unlikeable François, has a best friend, so she challenges him to set up an introduction. Scrambling to find someone willing to pose as his best pal, François enlists the services of a ...
Style: touching, sincere, light, entertaining, intense ...
Plot: friendship, taxi driver, bet, auction, teaching the ways of the world, friends, risk, best friends, business, betrayal, money problems, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 5.3
 679
Stars 80 (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Die-hard fans of the 1980s, Vincent and Antoine run a company that supplies doubles of faded stars throughout the whole of France. What starts out as a promising business venture ends up as a calamity when Vincent and Antoine have over forty ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic
Plot: ambition, performer's life, escapades, lifestyle, showbiz, against the odds, buddies, artists and showbiz, obsessive quest, follow your dream, friends, once promising ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Private Function (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Life isn't easy in 1947 Yorkshire, where strict post-war rationing is putting the squeeze on the townspeople. But when a working-class couple discover that the town's wealthy elite has been secretly fattening up an illegal pig for their ...
Style: humorous, clever, realistic, biting, offbeat ...
Plot: satire, pig, village, countryside, small town, working class, heist, social relations, social differences, society, crime gone awry, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.6
 7K
Neighbors (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: One man's quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious these are not the quiet professional types who *should* be living in such a nice ...
Style: cult film, humorous, dark humor, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, family relations, suburbs, farce, love and romance, friends, youth, silly humor, couples, eccentric family, family life, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Attack the Gas Station! (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A quartet of disaffected Korean youths have robbed a Seoul gas station. After taking the gas station over, their wacky antics ensue; forcing the manager to sing, kidnapping customers that complain about the service, and staging fist-fights between ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, light, absurd ...
Plot: gas station, robbery, hostage, heist, gang, gangsters, crimes, hostages, resentment, rebelliousness, buddies, partners ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: seoul, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 2K
Rossini (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Zigeuner is on the hunt for the woman of his dreams, a woman who should also play the main role in the film. Meanwhile, ruthless producer Oskar Reiter wants to buy the film rights at all costs - and he is struggling for the love of the beautiful ...
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: restaurant, satire, ego clash, showbiz, nudity (full frontal - brief), money raising, direction and purpose, human nature, obsessive quest, artists and showbiz, blind ambition, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Finland, Germany
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia and Estonian Tatiana - who are clearly ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: on the road, hitchhiker, misfit, coffee, cigarette smoking, misfit partners, mechanic, society, estrangement, social misfits, singleness, dull life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Ciao, Professore! (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A bureaucratic snafu sends Marco Tullio Sperelli, a portly, middle-aged northern Italian, to teach third grade in a poor town outside Naples
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, whimsical, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: school, rich and poor, friendship, culture clash, coming of age, idealism, rebellion, dedicated educator, village life, urban ghetto life, hardcase students, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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