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Peppermint Candy (1999)
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Peppermint Candy (1999)
Original name: 박하사탕
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the spring of 1999, a group of old friends gather to celebrate their 20 year reunion. Among the group is Yeong-ho, a cold, unhappy man, whose demeanor puts a damper on the festivities. The seriousness of Yeong-ho"s depression becomes apparent, however, when he climbs a railroad bridge and looks like he might jump. At this crucial moment, memories of seven crucial episodes from Yeong-ho"s past flood his mind.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, suspense, tense, clever, realistic, stylized
Plot: reunion, suicide, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, politics, destiny, regret, interrogation, martial law, loneliness, society, unfulfillment, friends, student protest, love, sex, dog, dancing, pregnancy, first love, student, party, police, friendship, violence ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1994, year 1984, year 1980, year 1987, year 1999
Place: south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and bleak films with plots about drinking, drinking alcohol, friendship, drink, death, society and cigarette smoking mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Peppermint Candy: Poetry (2010), Oasis (2002), The Keys to the House (2004), I Melt with You (2011), Mouchette (1967). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Poetry (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry ...
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Audience: teens
Plot: teenage rape, loneliness, poetry, introspection, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch, grandparent and grandchild, old woman, terminal illness, suicide, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: korea, japan, asia, south korea
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Oasis (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Oasis is a love story of two young people abandoned by families. A young man released from prison visits the widow of the man he killed drunk-driving. There he meets her daughter, wheelchair bound with cerebral palsy. Will these two lost people find ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, psychological, realistic ...
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Time: contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
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I Melt with You (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Former college friends meet up for a reunion that leads them to face the apparent disillusionment that defines their lives. After a week of excessive drug and alcohol abuse, events lead them to contemplate fulfilling a self destructive pact they ...
Style: serious, talky, disturbing, depressing, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, reunion, regret, suicide, binge drinking, cocaine, introspection, haunted by the past, buddies, policewoman, female police officer, suicide pact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: california, usa
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Mouchette (1967)
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Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, alcohol abuse, drowning, family relations, suicide, humiliation, police officer, alibi, poacher, coming of age, innocence lost, village life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france, japan
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Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, parents and children, stepmother stepson relationship, murder, life is a bitch, family problems, haunted by the past, siblings relations, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
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Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, rough, serious ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, family problems, brother brother relationship, vandalism, arson, murder, crime, crimes, couples ...
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Drifters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The young adult life of Hong Yunsheng, nicknamed Little Brother, is seen as somewhat of a failure by those that know him. A Chinese national, he stowed away on a boat to the United States, where he worked as a dishwasher in the restaurant of a ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Audience: girls' night
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