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Searching for the Elephant (2009)
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Searching for the Elephant (2009)
Original name: 펜트하우스 코끼리
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A freelance photographer Hyun-woo seems to live an enviable life with a successful career. But his inside is torn apart from the sorrow of being deserted by his ex-girlfriend Mari. He even gets unclear about what’s really happening in reality and what’s delusion. One of Hyun-woo’s friend and a riding-high plastic surgeon, Min-seok is married to Soo-yeon, a sister of Hyun-woo. But he is always having affairs with the girls around him and doubts himself if he’s addicted to sex. Jin-hyuk, their longtime friend, is a financing specialist. And he is having a secret affair with Min-seok’s wife. He is willing to leave everything behind for the love. Three men, who look like the winners in life, are in fact struggling with their own sufferings that they desperately strive to keep undisclosed. The harder they try to get out of the agony, the more complicated and puzzled it gets.
Style: psychological, touching, serious, realistic, mind bending, gloomy, contemplative
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, split personality, life is a bitch, love and romance, dull life, addiction, infidelity, couples, dishonesty, sex addict, city life, wooing, obsessive compulsive disorder, friends, graphic violence, midlife crisis, urban, unfulfillment, sexual content, thirtysomething life, dog, female nudity, sex scene, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seoul, asia, korea

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Take Care of My Cat (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 112 min.
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On the Edge (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Amnesty (2011)
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Country: Albania, Greece, France
Duration: 83 min.
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Duration: 141 min.
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Eager Bodies (2003)
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Duration: 94 min.
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