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The Designated Mourner (1997)
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The Designated Mourner (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's point of view.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, psychological, tense, clever, bleak, gloomy, serious, emotional ...
Plot: prison, distopia, survival, writer's life, politics, couple relations, life is a bitch, journalism, society, couples, dealing with death, poetry, hotel, storytelling, death, love, sex, dog, musician, cat, student, party, revolution, friendship, food ...
Time: 1900s, future
Place: england, london, europe, tokyo

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Most similar movies to The Designated Mourner

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and enigmatic films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, storytelling, redemption, nudity (full frontal - brief), dialogue and loneliness mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Designated Mourner: All or Nothing (2002), Faces (1968), Plenty (1985), Wonderland (1999), Last Orders (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, society, couple relations, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, florida, algeria ...
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Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, adultery, divorce, love, dysfunctional family, betrayal, unfulfillment, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
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Plenty (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, gloomy, clever ...
Plot: french resistance, world war two, love and romance, crumbling marriage, family problems, homecoming, haunted by the past, wartime life, introspection, innocence lost, hopes, society ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, london, france
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Wonderland (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, emotional, talky ...
Plot: working class, parents and children, weekend, society, couple relations, loneliness, sister sister relationship, life, waitress, multiple storylines, existentialism, estrangement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, los angeles, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, war veteran, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, friendship between men, male friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
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The Browning Version (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: touching, talky, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, boarding school, dishonesty, love and romance, hopes, youth, college, college life, self discovery, love affair, teachers and students, boarding school life ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
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Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, suspense, biting, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, social worker, family relations, children, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, paraguay, liverpool, california
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79%
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Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, pub, drug abuse, siblings relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
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79%
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The Dresser (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. ...
Style: talky, gloomy, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, world war two, friendship, drunkenness, makeover, backstage, boss and employee, couple relations, showbiz, friends, power relations, overbearing ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, tense ...
Plot: family relations, coma, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, couple relations, society, crumbling marriage, single parent, family problems, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
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Look Back in Anger (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Look Back in Anger is a love triangle involving the brilliant-but-disaffected young Jimmy Porter (Branagh), his upper-middle-class, impassive wife Alison Porter (Thompson), and her aristocratic best friend Helena Charles (Redmond). Cliff (Horan), an ...
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: working class, social misfits, family relations, dull life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, betrayal, society, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 80s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Enchanted April (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on Elizabeth Von Arnim's novel, four Englishwomen rent an Italian villa on holiday.
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, talky, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, female friendship, chance meeting, vacation, romance, self discovery, friends, manners, family relations, couples, fall in love, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s
Place: italy, europe, london, england
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The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples, family relations, understanding, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological, serious ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: gang, crime, crimes, bittersweet, life is a bitch, confined, hopes, performer's life, going straight, injustice, profanity, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Style: sexual, non-linear, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loss of virginity, innocence lost, forbidden love, elderly lovers, twins, family relations, vengeance, downfall, coming of age, love and romance, society, kids in trouble ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, stone age
Place: africa, tunisia, kenya, london, usa ...
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59%
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: serious, touching, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, drug abuse, looking for love, addiction, human nature, couple relations, rising to stardom, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minneapolis minnesota, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, tense, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 80s
Place: london, poland, europe, england
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The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, lifestyle, dishonesty, imaginary friend, adultery, crumbling marriage, love and romance, mentally unstable ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
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56%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, life is a bitch, danger, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, dogma ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
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Urbania (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: urban legend, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, couples, crimes, gender, city life, urban, vengeance, storytelling, murder, legends and myths ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Larsen, an aspiring poet in '20s Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbæk, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, danger, isolation, infidelity, couples, male nudity, winter, poet, arctic, snow ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: greenland, tokyo
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55%
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, prostitute, poverty, pimp, violence, robbery, family relations, life is a bitch, neo realism, couple relations, criminal heroes, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Winter Guest (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: talky, bleak, touching, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, winter, parents and children, small town life, introspection, human nature, small town, profanity, social relations, supportive parent, family relations, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
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Vanity Fair (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Beautiful, funny, passionate, and calculating, Becky is the orphaned daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl. She yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises and resolves to conquer English society by any ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: aristocrat, high society, ambition, rise to the top, social climbing, rich and poor, couple relations, blind ambition, romance, society, power relations, life turned upside down ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1820s, 1810s, 1800s ...
Place: england, europe, london, bombay india, brussels belgium ...
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The Flower of My Secret (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Marisa Paredes is Leocadia ("Leo") Macias, a woman writing “pink” romance novels under the alias of Amanda Gris that are very popular all across Spain. Unlike her romantic novels, her own love life is troubled. Leo has a less than ...
Style: clever, tense, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: obsession, old woman, romance, writer's life, hopes, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, journalism, crumbling marriage, love and romance, strong female presence, midlife crisis ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: heroes, working class, friendship, politics, eviction, injustice, testimony, idealism, pregnancy, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship, filmmaker ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s, year 1976
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Morvern Callar (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: psychological, touching, serious, contemplative, atmospheric ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, supermarket, self discovery, couple relations, friends, couples, twentysomething life, best friend, writers, rave, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, spain, europe, ibiza
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49%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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48%