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Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)
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Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)
Original name: Experience Preferred...But Not Essential
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A shy, introverted young girl takes a summer job at a seaside resort in Wales, where she finds the staff, the owners and patrons unlike anyone she has ever met before.
Style: humorous, colourful, melancholic, witty, affectionate, talky, funny, sexy, sweet, dark humor ...
Plot: waitress, hotel, introvert, mine, seaside town, restaurant, sleepwalking, seaside, relationships, love, coming of age, coming-of-age, loneliness, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, bittersweet, dialogue, storytelling, drinking alcohol, drinking, redemption, existentialism, runaway, women, identity ...
Place: tokyo, ireland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, talky and visually appealing films with plots about mentor, catastrophe, storytelling, runaway, loneliness, friendship and dialogue mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Experience Preferred... But Not Essential: Venice/Venice (1992), Enchanted April (1991), Diamond Men (2000), The Grandfather (1998), Dadetown (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Venice/Venice (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Dean is a maverick American film director surprised that his most recent film has been chosen as the Official U.S. Entry at the Venice Film Festival. A beautiful French journalist arrives at the festival with the apparent intention of interviewing ...
Style: allegory, romantic, unusual plot structure, humorous, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: journalist, film festival, press conference, metaphysics, women, parallel universe, mentor, memory loss, nudity (topless - notable), romance, distopia, catastrophe ...
Place: berlin germany, boston, california
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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, 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 Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
Style: feel good, sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: elderly lovers, hotel, retirement home, friendship, elderly, aging, disorder, culture clash, mentor, romance, twists & turns, mistaken identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, london
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60%
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Diamond Men (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After 30 years on the road, a veteran jewellery salesman is forced to show his young replacement the tricks of the trade. But when the kid introduces him to the ladies of the "Altoona Riding Club," the old dog is introduced to a whole new ...
Style: feel good, touching, ironic, cynical, talky ...
Plot: self discovery, introspection, aging, workplace situations, heist, crimes, partners, mentor, mentor protege relationship, prostitute, diamond, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Grandfather (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 151 min.
Story: After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, suicidal thoughts, grandson, bittersweet, small town, small town life, couple relations, parents and children, family relations, social relations, couples, golden years ...
Time: 90s, 18th century, 70s
Place: spain, europe, latin america, tokyo, paris france
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54%
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Dadetown (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Interviews in the Michael Moore/"Roger and Me" tradition examine life in small-town America, class conflicts and the collapse of an upstate New York community, Dadetown, when the town's once-prosperous factory, reduced to the ...
Style: melancholic, enigmatic, silent film, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: small town, company, park, interview, layoff, american dream, factory, anger, change, satire, catastrophe, classic car ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: canada, texas, cuba
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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, surreal ...
Plot: on the road, restaurant, friendship, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, countryside, loneliness, midlife crisis, eccentricity, existentialism, sarcasm, beautiful scenery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, northern england, london
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51%
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, suspense, biting, tense, clever ...
Plot: prison, distopia, life is a bitch, journalism, society, politics, dealing with death, writer's life, couple relations, survival, couples, poetry ...
Time: 1900s, future
Place: europe, london, england, tokyo
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47%
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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, 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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Carny (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tired of being a small-town waitress, Donna departs with the latest carnival show, living with entertainers Frankie and Patch in a tense, emotional triangle.
Style: gloomy, disturbing, realistic, semi serious, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: carnival, small town, youth, love and romance, siblings relations, teenage life, parents and children, small town life, cons and scams, love triangle, romance, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, texas, canada, california
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45%
Powwow Highway (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Buddy Red Bow is struggling, in the face of persecution, by greedy developers and political in-fighting, to keep his nation on a Montana Cheyenne Reservation financially solvent and independent. Philbert, a simple-minded friend of Buddy's, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, sincere ...
Plot: native american, false accusation, discrimination, friendship, love and romance, partners, politics, hopes, society, odd couple, life is a bitch, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: montana, usa, london, mexico, ireland ...
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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
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Twisted (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This retelling of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist may be populated by drug pushers, pimps and prostitutes, but the book's classic themes remain the same. Caught under the thumb of a lecherous brothel owner, 10-year-old Lee befriends an ...
Style: funny, suspense, intense, melancholic, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: male prostitution, exotic dancer, homeless man, undercover cop, child prostitute, gospel music, aspiring musician, male prostitute, gay for pay, gay teenager, female impersonator, gay interest ...
Place: california
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American Buffalo (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three inner-city losers plan a robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.
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Plot: betrayal, broken glass, coin, diner, gun, rainstorm, trust, robbery, revenge, tantrum, station wagon, antique dealer ...
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Place: usa, new jersey
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
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Style: bleak, melancholic, thought provoking, cerebral, silent film ...
Plot: female director, loneliness, hotel, depression, interracial relations, male female relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, night watchman, construction site, arab, older man younger woman relationship, seduction ...
Time: future
Place: lyon, paris france, canada, israel
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Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Plot: coming of age, gay, coming out, youth, gay interest, campus, college, teenage love, teenage life, self discovery, love and romance, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, tokyo
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42%
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Passion Fish (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: talky, clever, thought provoking, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: wheelchair, rehabilitation, accident, friendship, disability, friends, paralysis, profanity, strong female presence, life is a bitch, hopes, starting over ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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41%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, world war two, couples, family problems, obsession, eccentric family, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, france, new england, tokyo
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The Dresser (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
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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
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Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: pardon, friendship, redemption, starting over, self discovery, hopes, society, clergy, warden, blind character, forgiveness, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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A Month in the Country (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set in the early 1920s, the film follows Tom Birkin, who has been employed to carry out restoration work on a Medieval mural discovered in a church in the small rural community of Oxgodby, Yorkshire. The escape to the idyllic countryside is ...
Style: realistic, captivating, scenic, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: church, friendship, introspection, haunted by the past, village, escape from reality, healing, world war one veteran, forbidden love, mural, loneliness, depression ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, post world war one, 19th century
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, texas
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, clever ...
Plot: retirement home, friendship, coming of age, reconciliation, golden years, elderly, youth, retirement home life, loneliness, child protagonist, child in peril, sexual harassment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, california, ireland
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Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, dark humor, captivating, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, counterculture, society, self destructing, stylish ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nelly leaves her lazy, unemployed husband to work for retired judge Mr Arnaud, forty years her senior, after he offers to clear her bills for her. While she types his memoirs the two develop a close friendship, but Arnaud becomes jealous when Nelly ...
Style: sexy, touching, sexual, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, love triangle, couple relations, fall in love, love affair, introspection, infidelity, human nature, midlife crisis, looking for love, romance, friends ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo, california
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Gross Anatomy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Slovak is a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in Gross Anatomy, the toughest course in med school.
Style: humorous, talky, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: medical school, school, romance, bittersweet, lifestyle, youth, hopes, society, love and romance, coming of age, opposites attract, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california
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37%
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The Way Home (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story begins on a fine summers morning, when San-woo and his mother board a bus to the country. It is soon clear that the unsophisticated rural passengers annoy the seven-year-old urban boy. His mother is taking him to live with his 78-year-old ...
Style: touching, sentimental, rough, thought provoking, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: grandmother grandson relationship, parents and children, generation gap, friendship, family relations, village life, village, coming of age, grandparent grandchild relationship, childhood, love, life & death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, tokyo, new jersey ...
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The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, new england, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Lawn Dogs (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the affluent, gated community of Camelot Gardens, bored wives indiscriminately sleep around while their unwitting husbands try desperately to climb the social ladder. Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, quietly observes ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, talky, witty ...
Plot: friendship, hypocrisy, suburban life, family relations, child molester, love and romance, odd couple, suburbs, unlikely friendships, girl man relationship, party, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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36%
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Local Hero (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
Style: feel good, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Plot: village life, culture clash, small town, fish out of water, village, social relations, human nature, beautiful scenery, seaside town, oil company, friendship, travel ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, houston texas, texas
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36%
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Zero Kelvin (1995)
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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35%