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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, 20th century, future
Place: england, london, europe, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and melancholic films with plots about catastrophe, redemption, mentor, storytelling, loneliness, culture clash and relationships mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like The Designated Mourner: Faces (1968), Plenty (1985), Wonderland (1999), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), All or Nothing (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, betrayal, dishonesty, 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, contemplative, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: french resistance, world war two, love and romance, crumbling marriage, hopes, introspection, wartime life, homecoming, innocence lost, haunted by the past, society, soldier ...
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, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, los angeles, europe
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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, biting, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, social worker, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, family life, temperamental, family problems, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, paraguay, liverpool, california
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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, family problems, injustice, parents and children, society, couples, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
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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, power relations, overbearing, friends, showbiz, boss and employee, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: england, europe, london
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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, beautiful scenery, couple relations, looking for love, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s
Place: italy, europe, london, england
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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, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, male friendship, friendship between men, old love ...
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, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, boarding school, dishonesty, love and romance, hopes, youth, introspection, couple relations, college, love affair, college life, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
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Slam (1998)
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, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang, crime, crimes, bittersweet, prison life, human spirit, wrongfully committed, murder, false accusation, urban, profanity, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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Zero Kelvin (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 113 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, realistic ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, danger, isolation, infidelity, couples, male nudity, poet, arctic, winter, snow ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: greenland, tokyo
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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, drug abuse, down on your luck, temperamental, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
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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, single parent, crumbling marriage, family problems, suburbs, small town ...
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Look Back in Anger (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: gloomy, psychological, bleak, emotional, disturbing ...
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Time: 80s, 50s
Place: london, europe, england
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: sexual, non-linear, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, unemployment, poverty, pimp, robbery, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations, dishonesty, criminal heroes, neo realism, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, post world war two ...
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: winter, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, small town life, human nature, small town, introspection, dealing with death, starting over, profanity, supportive parent, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
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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, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, phoenix arizona, new york ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, intellectual, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: nurse, terminal illness, hospital, dying, chemotherapy, cancer, hopes, poetry, doctor, regret, fighting illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, bleak, suspense, biting, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, crumbling marriage, on the run, battles, introspection, political unrest, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe, israel, tokyo
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Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 160 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, testimony, injustice, idealism, pregnancy, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 1950s
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
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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, dishonesty, life is a bitch, couples, understanding, family relations, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
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Tom & Viv (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of the marriage of the poet TS Eliot to socialite Vivienne Haigh-Wood, which had to cope with her gynaeological and emotional problems and his growing fame.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: lifestyle, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, writer's life, romance, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, family life, couples, honeymoon ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london, california
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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 ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, drunkenness, redemption, abuse, frustration, society, violence, character study, prison visit, beating, urination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england
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The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The study of a marriage. Jo has five children and husband number two when she meets writer Jake Armitage. She leaves this husband to marry Jake, and his career takes off. A few years and at least one child later, Jo is deeply depressed, breaking ...
Style: clever, bleak, emotional, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, unfulfillment, hopes, crumbling marriage, mentally unstable, unsupportive spouse, love and romance, dishonesty, midlife crisis, couples, family problems, breakup ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
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49%
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, looking for love, couple relations, addiction, human nature, drug abuse, rising to stardom, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota, manhattan new york city ...
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Moonlighting (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as they encounter the tempations of the West and loneliness and ...
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, tense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, working class, workplace situations, fish out of water, boss and employee, political unrest, power relations, injustice, disorder, polish, society, workplace ...
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, society, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
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The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 110 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, danger, life is a bitch, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, village life ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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