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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, tense, clever, bleak, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: reunion, suicide, interrogation, friend, martial law, politics, destiny, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, student protest, love, dog, dancing, pregnancy, first love, student, party, friendship, violence, food, death, female nudity, businessman, torture ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1980, year 1994, year 1987, year 1984
Place: south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and talky films with plots about drinking, cigarette smoking, friendship, husband wife relationship, death, drink and male female relationship mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Peppermint Candy: Poetry (2010), The Keys to the House (2004), The Celebration (1998), The Deputy and the Congressman (1978), Maborosi (1995). 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 ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage rape, loneliness, suicide, poetry, bridge, old woman, aging, unfulfillment, health situation, golden years, family relations, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea, japan
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The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France
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, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, disability, family relations, redemption, teenage life, family problems, family reunited, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
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The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: dark humor, talky, stylized, emotional, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, secret, birthday, hotel, depression, child abuse, family secret, party, dysfunctional family, death in the family, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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The Deputy and the Congressman (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Madrid, Roberto Orbea is a member of the Spanish communist party. He is married to Carmen, and he has been elected as Deputy in the first democratic elections in Spain. But his enemies, the fascist, know his double life. Roberto likes boys, and they ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, serious
Plot: politics, murder, militant, love triangle, vandalism, hidden camera, male prostitute, hustler, blackmail, gay, politician, hospital ...
Time: 70s
Place: madrid, spain, europe
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Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, reflective ...
Plot: suicide, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, museum, hopes, babies and infants, crimes, dealing with death, village life, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
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The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: small town, vandalism, pregnancy, arson, vietnam war, parents and children, couple relations, goodhearted, babies and infants, siblings relations, human nature, on the run ...
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Beloved/Friend (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on a work of Josep Maria Benet i Jornet entitled "Testament", the film tells the story of an aging professor of medieval literature with the dilemma of deciding who will inherit his essay on "The Book of friend and loved" ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, pregnancy, midlife crisis, gender, aging, sexual relations, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love and romance, best friends ...
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The Promised Land (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 179 min.
Story: The Polish film based on the book of the same name by Wladyslaw Reymont. Taking place in the nineteenth century town of Łódź, Poland, three friends want to make a lot of money by building and investing in a textile factory. An exceptional ...
Style: serious, biting, realistic, epic
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Time: 19th century, turn of the century
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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, psychological, tense, clever ...
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If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing, rough
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Time: 60s, 1960s
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
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Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: talky, bleak, clever, psychological, tense ...
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The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: realistic, offbeat, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, murder, village, ufo, infidelity, obsession, friends, haunted by the past, pets, deadly, couples, crimes of passion ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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Duration: 81 min.
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Country: UK
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, tense, disturbing ...
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Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
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Style: gloomy, serious, talky, realistic
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Duration: 94 min.
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Country: USA
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Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: contemporary
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Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
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Ratcatcher (1999)
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Country: UK, France
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
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Style: talky, emotional, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, human nature, friends, unfulfillment, love and romance, hopes, romance, life is a bitch, couple relations, couples, terminal illness ...
Time: 90s
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28%
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