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Calamari Union (1985)
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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, melancholic, art house, satirical ...
Plot: crime, obsession, crimes, gang, on the road, friendship, friends, utopia, ambition, hopes, obsessive quest, blind ambition, human nature, crime and punishment, redemption, escapades, surrealism, journey, subway, gun, taxi driver, tunnel, bar, shot to death, street ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: finland, europe, 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 clever films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, dialogue, runaway, life philosophy, storytelling and culture clash 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, semi serious ...
Plot: prison, prisoner, falling in love, strong sexual content, on the road, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, down on your luck, fall in love, love and romance, romance, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: finland, europe, seaport, helsinki finland
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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, psychological, serious, disturbing, harsh ...
Plot: vengeance, working class, murder, pregnancy, loneliness, parent child relationship, factory, mother daughter relationship, unwanted pregnancy, young woman, poison, visceral ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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83%
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, realistic, semi serious, road movie, absurd ...
Plot: treasure hunt, unlikely partners, obsessive quest, gays and lesbians, escapades, odd couple, misfit, mentally unstable, lapland, nazi, homosexual, gay stereotype ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: finland, europe, poland
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80%
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: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, dark humor
Plot: friendship, dull life, couples, friends, redemption, love and romance, romance, unfulfillment, down on your luck, couple relations, love affair, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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, humorous, offbeat, feel good ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, motorcycle gang, scooter, friendship, goth, store, on the road, gang, adventure, obsessive quest, youth, leadership ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, france, tokyo, japan, hong kong
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71%
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, humorous, talky, dark humor ...
Plot: farce, smuggling, heroin, police brutality, dream, guest, nothing goes right, high society, friendship, social decay, lifestyle, social problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, spain
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70%
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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, helicopter ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, alaska, cross country, china, new jersey ...
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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: sentimental, uplifting, humorous, stylized, semi serious ...
Plot: poverty, refugee, elderly lovers, immigrants, friendship, social misfits, human spirit, hopes, chases and races, smuggling, deportation, goodhearted ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009
Place: seaport, france, europe, normandy, latin america ...
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64%
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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, semi serious, clever, humorous ...
Plot: restaurant, unemployment, society, waitress, job seeking, couples, loss of son, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, cooking and food, supportive coworker, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, finland, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, absurd ...
Plot: friendship, rivalry, religions or cults, friends, society, ira, politics, ambition, criminal heroes, contests and competitions, urination, irish republican army ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, talky, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: yuppie, advertising, on the road, gambling, fired from the job, self discovery, promotion, couples, disorder, hopes, nothing goes right, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, arizona, new york, los angeles, california
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52%
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, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, family problems, couples, disorder, mentally unstable, misfit, human nature, society, social worker, urban, nothing goes right, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 18th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, clever, touching, humorous, twists and turns ...
Plot: poverty, amnesia, presumed dead, generosity, divorce, robbery, interrogation, memory loss, friendship, romance, parents and children, love and romance ...
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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, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, taxi driver, bet, auction, teaching the ways of the world, friends, risk, best friends, business, betrayal, money problems, unlikely friendships ...
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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: talky, humorous, realistic, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: chess, hotel, man versus machine, nerd, computer, obsession, ambition, communication problem, nobody believes, rivalry, computer system, computer genius ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pentagon, australia
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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, americana, family relations, career, siblings relations, artists and showbiz, dream, rock band, band, long lost relative, music business ...
Time: 80s
Place: finland, mexico, united states, russia, latin america ...
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43%
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, cynical, semi serious, light, absurd ...
Plot: gas station, robbery, heist, gangsters, crimes, hostages, partners, resentment, buddies, rebelliousness, gang, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: seoul, tokyo, japan
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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: humorous, semi serious, biting, realistic, absurd ...
Plot: mistaken identity, race against time, filmmaking, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, cons and scams, society, polish, communism, passport, social satire, absurd humor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, tokyo, brazil, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, clever, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, introspection, infidelity, couples, buddies, manners, social relations, friends, family relations, getting along, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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40%
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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: stylized, humorous, witty, clever, surreal ...
Plot: tourist, restaurant, culture clash, skyscraper, chaos, misfit, lifestyle, urban, society, disorder, chaos and mayhem, human existence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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40%
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, witty, realistic, biting ...
Plot: village, pig, small town, working class, couple relations, ambition, black market, heist, social relations, village life, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947, 1930s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
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39%
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, humorous, dark humor, stylized, clever ...
Plot: monk, society, s&m, incest, sniper, human nature, estrangement, protest, pianist, religions or cults, social decay, mad ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, spain
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39%
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Old Nat Moyer is a talker, a philosopher, and a troublemaker with a fanciful imagination. His companion is Midge Carter, who is half-blind, but still the super of an apartment house. When he is threatened with retirement, Nat battles on his behalf. ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, witty, talky ...
Plot: friendship, partners, elderly, odd couple, aging, retiring, crimes, couples, old age, apartment building, father daughter relationship, lie ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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36%
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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: gloomy, sexy, witty, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: restaurant, money raising, direction and purpose, social relations, partners, ego clash, strong sexual content, couples, dishonesty, human nature, showbiz, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, europe
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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, witty, realistic, semi serious, satirical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: telephone, answering machine, masturbation, friendship, pregnancy, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, romance, computers and web, self discovery, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, tokyo
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35%
Football Days (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A comedic romp that celebrates the power of friendship to turn your life around, Dias de Futbol introduces us to Antonio, an ex-convict and amateur shrink who convinces his pals that the best way to overcome their midlife crises and lack of success ...
Style: realistic, feel good, humorous, semi serious
Plot: sport, friendship, marriage, dull life, sport team, ambition, redemption, buddies, partners, family relations, friends, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain
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34%
Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Rosalie loves to shop too much to let a little thing like no money stop her. When the local shopkeepers no longer take her bad checks or bad credit cards, she's reduced to stealing from one family member to buy presents for others. It's ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: computers and web, crimes, couple relations, obsession, clergy, materialism, friends, forgery, friendship, buddies, couples, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arkansas
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33%
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Party 7 (2000)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seven characters, introduced at the start of the film, get thrown together into the same hotel room: a thief who's stolen a suitcase of money from the mob, his ex-girlfriend, her obsessive boyfriend, the mob soldier sent to retrieve the ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, dark humor, humorous ...
Plot: hotel, thief, violence spree, lovers on the run, chases and races, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gangsters, crime, love and romance, dangerous animal, hitman ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new mexico
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The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, Botswana
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Xixo is back again. This time, his children accidentally stow away on a fast-moving poachers' truck, unable to get off, and Xixo sets out to rescue them. Along the way, he encounters a couple of soldiers trying to capture each other and a pilot ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: culture clash, adventure, adventurer, farce, friendship, disorder, fish out of water, goofy hero, nothing goes right, danger, rescue, desert ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, south africa, new york
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32%
The Telephone Book (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exhuberent, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a "special" someone, a caller who has "class", as she puts it.
Style: offbeat, realistic, humorous, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: phone sex, obsession, sex, urban, lifestyle, obsessive quest, fall in love, escapades, love and romance, sexual innuendo, phone book, vibrator ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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