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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
 7.6
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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
Original name: Les Invasions barbares
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries to made peace with his ex-wife Louise, who asks their estranged son Sebastian, a successful businessman living in London, to come home. Sebastian makes the impossible happen, using his contacts and disrupting the entire Canadian system in every way possible to help his father fight his terminal illness to the bitter end, while he also tries to reunite his former friends, Pierre, Alain, Dominique, Diane, and Claude to see their old friend before he passes on.
Style: touching, sentimental, clever, philosophical, emotional, intense, talky, realistic, witty, humorous ...
Plot: dying, friendship, professor, illness, haunted by the past, culture clash, reunion, friends, death, cancer, student, millionaire, family relations, homosexual, heroin, radical, estrangement, life, existentialism, loneliness, money, university, philosophy, life & death, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, middle ages, future, september 11 2001
Place: canada, quebec, alaska, china, london, usa, athens greece ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, melancholic and reflective films with plots about friendship, drinking, drinking alcohol, relationships, loneliness, death and dialogue mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Barbarian Invasions: My Life Without Me (2003), Beginners (2010), 50/50 (2011), Kings and Queen (2004), Broken Flowers (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Four very different Montreal university teachers gather at a rambling country house to prepare a dinner. Remy (married), Claude (a homosexual), Pierre (involved with a girlfriend) and Alain (a bachelor) discuss sex, the female body and their affairs ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, s&m, couple relations, battle of the sexes, love and romance, couples, dishonesty, radical, human nature, friendship, weekend, academy ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal quebec, montreal, california
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My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: contemplative, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, secret love, parents and children, introspection, unfulfillment, fighting illness, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Beginners (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, sad ...
Plot: gay father, coming out, father son relationship, older man younger man relationship, gay, grief, terminal illness, secret, dying, cancer, self discovery, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, year 1953, 1950s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.6
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50/50 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, cancer, patient, doctor, therapist, fighting illness, best friend, buddies, coping, hopes, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c., hawaii, canada ...
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Kings and Queen (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Nora Cotterelle, a woman in her 30s is caring for her ill father, Louis Jenssens. While Nora tries to present a facade that all is well with her life, she is twice divorced and has a son, Elias, whose father is dead. Nora's present relationship ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: adoption, family relations, terminal illness, parents and children, couple relations, destiny, love and romance, musician's life, life is a bitch, single parent, couples, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france
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Broken Flowers (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, melancholic, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: midlife crisis, self discovery, search, old love, lost, couples, existentialism, loneliness, human nature, haunted by the past, nudity (full frontal - brief), culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a New England dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, intense, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, reunion, human nature, crumbling marriage, estrangement, dealing with death, siblings relations, parents and children, family life, eccentric family, family relations ...
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Place: new england, usa, maine, massachusetts
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The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
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Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, professor, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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Smart People (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant -- but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy.
Style: humorous, realistic, contemplative, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: self discovery, family relations, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, family life, couples, romance, hopes, love and romance, siblings relations, alienation ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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In the Land of Women (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, melancholic, emotional ...
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Garden State (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: date night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, los angeles, usa
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30%
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: talky, realistic, sincere, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, breakup, friendship, dishonesty, family problems, teacher student relationship, romance, couple relations, human nature, friends, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
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Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen. As they delve into Austen's literature, the club members find themselves dealing with life experiences that parallel the themes of the books they are reading.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Peter's Friends (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It is New Year's weekend and the friends of Peter (Fry) gather at his newly inherited country house. Ten years ago, they all acted together in a Cambridge University student comedy troupe, but it's less clear how much they have in common ...
Style: sentimental, witty, realistic, touching, talky ...
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Style: weird, sincere, semi serious, humorous, surreal ...
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Country: Netherlands
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Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, sincere, romantic, serious ...
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Duration: 108 min.
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Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
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25%
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Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
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25%
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Country: France, USA, Belgium
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: humorous, touching, realistic, feel good, witty ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
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Italian for Beginners (2000)
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Style: feel good, touching, humorous, sentimental, melancholic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Marital infidelity, religion, a guy in heaven wearing a Wizards jersey, anal fetishes, cigarettes and schizophrenia, ghosts, and how it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Style: humorous, intellectual, witty, melancholic, talky ...
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Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%