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The Holy Mountain (1973)
The Holy Mountain (1973)
Original name: La montaña sagrada
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Mexican master leads a Christ figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men. The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. The occult adept's intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.
Style: surreal, psychedelic, disturbing, stylized, atmospheric, psychological, offbeat, mind bending, serious, biting ...
Plot: hermaphrodite, female genitalia, mountain, soldier, bird, thief, alchemist, surrealism, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, adventure, heroes, politics, religions or cults, supernatural ability, destiny, life is a bitch, architect, obsessive quest, birds, perversion, danger, society, human nature, imaginary ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, peru

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, surreal, atmospheric and stylized films with plots about surrealism, nudity (full frontal - brief), death, brutality, storytelling, runaway and blood mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Holy Mountain: Enter the Void (2009), Santa Sangre (1989), The Gopher (1970), The Dance of Reality (2013), Fando and Lis (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, meditative, philosophical, touching ...
Plot: surrealism, drug trip, hallucination, explicit sex, afterlife, neon light, stripper, supernatural, ghost, youth, deadly, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Santa Sangre (1989)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the ...
Style: cult film, atmospheric, slasher, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, serial killer, murder, insanity, clown, mental institution, dwarf, circus, shrine, elephant, pageant, suicide ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico city, latin america
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The Gopher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 125 min.
Story: El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, ...
Style: cult film, surreal, psychedelic, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: desert, nihilism, monastery, tunnel, monk, dwarf, gunfighter, mole, vengeance, cult, starting over, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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The Dance of Reality (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: “Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.” This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro ...
Style: art house, realistic, touching, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: surrealism, family life, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, family relations, street kid, family problems, misfit, youth, society, social misfits, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: chile, latin america
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Fando and Lis (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, offbeat, serious, captivating ...
Plot: puppet, nihilism, cards, card playing, surrealism, post apocalypse, paraplegic, cross dressing, obsessive quest, escapades, society, puppets ...
Time: 60s
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Zardoz (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA, Ireland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
Style: cult film, futuristic, surreal, stylized, contemplative ...
Plot: stowaway, immortality, distopia, rebellion, breast feeding, death wish, nudity (full frontal - brief), culture clash, danger, escapades, society, a.i. ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, odd, art house, enigmatic, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, hidden identity, double life, surrealism, unfulfillment, lifestyle change, power relations, wig, limousine, disguise, dog, model ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
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Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Style: surreal, dark fantasy, psychedelic, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: isolation, heroin, mentally challenged, orphan, imaginary, imagination, life is a bitch, addiction, friendship, down on your luck, figment, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, denmark
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Endless Poetry (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile, UK, France, Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A portrait of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time.
Style: sexy, captivating, sincere, touching, light
Plot: gay, surrealism, autobiography, family relations, male nudity, father son relationship, history of chile, sex scene, nudity (full frontal - brief), poet, poetry, youth ...
Time: 1940s
Place: chile, santiago de chile, santiago chile
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Easy Rider (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Style: psychedelic, road movie, realistic, avant garde, atmospheric ...
Plot: hippie, lsd, anti heroes, friendship, on the road, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, biker, marijuana, existentialism, motorcycle, americana ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, california, new orleans, los angeles, louisiana ...
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Fellini Satyricon (1969)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.
Style: surreal, sexual, sexy, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: hermaphrodite, poet, soldier, pirate, ship, ancient rome, wedding, earthquake, maze, slave, self discovery, promiscuity ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history, 1960s, 60s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, sicily, africa
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Spain, Mexico, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, dark fantasy, stylized, gothic ...
Plot: monster, creature, fairy, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, death, cruelty, good versus evil, young heroes, fantasy world, magical ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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Chac: The Rain God (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, Panama
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Unique story of a village's attempts to solve drought by appealing to the powers of a mysterious mountain-dwelling diviner.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, suspense
Plot: survival, village, mountain, heroes, danger, escapades, supernatural, obsessive quest, religions or cults, starvation, destiny, village life ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, guatemala
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The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. The Exterminating Angel is a 1962 surrealist film, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal. Sharply satirical and allegorical, the film contains a view ...
Style: thought provoking, surreal, cynical, biting, suspense ...
Plot: dinner party, guest, satire, surrealism, isolation, hallucination, maid, trapped, party, piano, bear, room ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, paris france
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Valhalla Rising (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, contemplative, surreal, rough ...
Plot: vikings, viking, warrior, lone wolves, captivity, heroes, danger, new world, one eyed man, adventure, vengeance, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century, future
Place: holy land, scotland, europe, jerusalem
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Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, touching, meditative, serious ...
Plot: desert, survival, tribe, wilderness, kids in trouble, culture clash, suicide, adventure, human nature, danger, coming of age, trust ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, adelaide south australia, sydney australia
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Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: bleak, touching, disturbing, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: small town, human nature, society, hopes, angel, social relations, adoption, hallucination, priest, boy, sick child, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
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Japan (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although only a few words are spoken, love grows.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, meditative, melancholic, contemplative ...
Plot: village, solitude, older woman younger man sex, suicide attempt, countryside, widow, old woman, life philosophy, depression, runaway, sexual desire, love of one's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe – for a time when he’s no ...
Style: emotional, surreal, bleak, touching, serious ...
Plot: poverty, global warming, magic realism, single parent, family relations, storm, prehistoric creature, childhood, african american, climate change, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
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Dead Man (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, captivating, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: native americans, cowboy, gunfight, sheriff, hallucination, wilderness, transformation, murder, bounty hunter, journey, young man, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, pacific ocean, england
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The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Natural changes have the clans moving. Iza, medicine woman of the "Clan of the Cave Bear" finds little Ayla from the "others"' clan - tradition would have the clan kill Ayla immediately, but Iza insists on keeping her. When ...
Style: serious, stylized, harsh, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: caveman, orphan, tribe, adventure, rescue, cavemen, danger, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, wilderness, self discovery, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: prehistoric times, stone age, prehistory, 80s
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Flesh+Blood (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Netherlands, Spain
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, intense, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, life is a bitch, adventure, rape, soldier, vengeance, kidnapping, love triangle, siege, plague, strong sexual content, knight ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 18th century, 80s
Place: italy, europe
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Passion in the Desert (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments and temples that are destroyed by French soldiers ...
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, psychological, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: desert, soldier, leopard, wilderness, campaign, battles, deadly creature, adventure, escapades, adventurer, danger, dangerous animal ...
Time: 1790s, 18th century
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, sahara, sahara desert
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Slave Coast (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: West Germany, Ghana
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A fearsome 19th century bandit, Cobra Verde cuts a swath through Brazil until he arrives at the sugar plantation of Don Octávio Countinho. Not knowing that his new guest is the notorious bandit and impressed by his ruthless ways, Don Octávio hires ...
Style: surreal, serious, atmospheric, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: slave trade, rescue, treasure hunt, survival, political unrest, culture clash, master and servant, danger, rebelliousness, rich and poor, imperialism, prisoner ...
Time: 19th century
Place: africa, brazil, latin america, west africa, rio de janeiro ...
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Viridiana (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.
Style: cynical, controversial, thought provoking, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: nun, dwarf, satire, idealism, charity, mother superior, convent, orphan, novice, newcomer, oath, lie ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
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The Last of England (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.
Style: realistic, serious, experimental, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: apocalypse, distopia, head of state, life is a bitch, society, rise and fall, downfall, environmentalism, archive footage, against the odds, political corruption, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: england, europe, london, new york, manhattan new york city ...
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Sex and Zen (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A recently married scholar goes on a quest for knowledge of other people's wives, based on his philosophical differences with the Sack Monk. He encounters the Flying Thief, who agrees to help him find women, but only if he attains a penis as ...
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, surreal, serious ...
Plot: strong sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief), prostitute, transplant, infidelity, voyeurism, obsession, chastity belt, transsexual, sexual abuse, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 17th century
Place: hong kong, china, asia, ancient china, tokyo
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The Sheltering Sky (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: An American couple (John Malkovich, Debra Winger) drift toward emptiness in postwar North Africa.
Style: captivating, contemplative, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: desert, friendship, infidelity, extramarital affair, adultery, family problems, friends, couples, performer's life, love triangle, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 1940s
Place: sahara, africa, sahara desert, new york, morocco ...
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Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In this classically surreal fantasy, a sailor, known for telling tales, sees a student killing his teacher and decides to spin a few yarns for him. He tells the boy of his many adventures in exotic South American ports where he visited opium dens ...
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, serious, surreal ...
Plot: ghost, ocean, ship, imaginary, lifestyle, adventurer, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, escapades, adventure, legends and myths, murder ...
Time: year 1958
Place: chile, singapore, warsaw poland
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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Valerie, a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to the effects she experiences when she puts on a pair of magic earrings. Now seeing the world around her in a ...
Style: allegory, cult film, sexual, fairy tale, surreal ...
Plot: supernatural, innocence, danger, coming of age, sexuality, demon, priest, family relations, vampire, corruption, supernatural ability, young heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: central europe
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