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The Man Without a Past (2002)
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The Man Without a Past (2002)
Original name: Mies vailla menneisyyttä
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.
Style: bleak, humorous, touching, semi serious, satirical, clever, twists and turns, realistic, controversial, contemplative ...
Plot: generosity, memory loss, poverty, amnesia, robbery, presumed dead, friendship, couple relations, starting over, romance, family relations, hopes, haunted by the past, human nature, financial problem, husband wife relationship, heist, divorce, interrogation, bank robbery, eccentricity, friends, heaven and hell, sleeping, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, finland, north korea, estonia, helsinki finland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and touching films with plots about couples, love and romance, friendship, romance, bittersweet, couple relations and drinking mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Man Without a Past: Shadows in Paradise (1986), Drifting Clouds (1996), Le Havre (2011), Autumn Tale (1998), The Bohemian Life (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shadows in Paradise (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a co-worker, an affair and much more.
Style: semi serious, realistic, dark humor, humorous, sentimental
Plot: friendship, hopes, friends, dull life, romance, love and romance, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, redemption, down on your luck, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland, estonia
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95%
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Dek, a decent but somewhat dull man, enjoys a happy existence with beloved girlfriend Shirley. They live together with her 12-year-old, Marlene: her daughter by the delinquent Jimmy, who flew the coop years ago and hasn't been heard from since. ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, semi serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, love, starting over, romance, parents and children, family life, couple relations, human nature, haunted by the past, siblings relations, couples, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tram driver Lauri looses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a headwaitress is closed. Too proud, to receive money from the social welfare system, they hardly try to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and ...
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, clever, humorous ...
Plot: unemployment, restaurant, society, waitress, layoff, cooking and food, family problems, job seeking, supportive coworker, loss of son, loss of child, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: finland, europe, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Le Havre (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: refugee, poverty, friendship, human spirit, elderly, society, bohemian life, misfit, goodhearted, social misfits, on the run, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, 70s
Place: france, europe, normandy, latin america, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Autumn Tale (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Magali (Béatrice Romand), forty-something, is a winemaker and a widow: she loves her work but feels lonely. Her friends Rosine (Alexia Portal) and Isabelle (Marie Rivière) both want secretly to find a husband for Magali.
Style: semi serious, touching, melancholic, witty, meditative ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, wine, romance, starting over, matchmaking, midlife crisis, human nature, parents and children, wedding, women, french countryside, kick-butt women ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, south of france, europe, southern france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Bohemian Life (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Finland, France, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three penniless artists become friends in modern-day Paris: Rodolfo, an Albanian painter with no visa, Marcel, a playwright and magazine editor with no publisher, and Schaunard, a post-modernist composer of execrable noise.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, witty, touching, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, fall in love, immigrants, eviction, deportation, poet, performer's life, artists and showbiz, society, couples, friends, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
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Happenstance (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: How, thanks to what's known as the "Butterfly theory" (a random series of unlinked events), can a young woman and a young man meet?
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: destiny, coincidence, chaos, love and romance, couple relations, couples, chance meeting, museum, stranger, old woman, chaos and mayhem, romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, love and romance, hopes, alienation, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, pennsylvania, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Juha (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Finland, Germany, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel.
Style: silent film, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: countryside, love triangle, life is a bitch, dishonesty, romance, love and romance, orchestral, innocence lost, dangerous attraction, couple relations, infidelity, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The strange comedy film of two close brothers; one, Wilbur, who wants to kill himself, and the other, Harbour, who tries to prevent this. When their father dies leaving them his bookstore they meet a woman who makes their lives a bit better yet with ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, dark humor, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: suicidal, suicide attempt, cancer, suicide, depression, love triangle, redemption, fall in love, family relations, human nature, romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: glasgow scotland, scotland, europe, ireland, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Wild About Harry (2000)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A sleazy chef is forced to face the truth about the man he has become and realizes that he has the chance to begin again.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: memory loss, love and romance, starting over, couple relations, hopes, romance, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, couples, homosexuality, television, amnesia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland
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43%
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Chinese Puzzle (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, Belgium
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Xavier is a 40-year-old father of two who still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from him and so he decides to move there as well.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, witty, intense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, immigrants, fake marriage, starting over, old love, longing, fall in love, parents and children, family problems, couples, separated parents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, france, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Bigger Than the Sky (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being dumped by his girlfriend, a man stuck in a deadend life decides to audition for a small role in a local community theatre's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Despite having no experience as an actor, he lands the lead role, which ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, starting over, love triangle, fish out of water, fall in love, couple relations, couples, romance, play within film, hopes, love and romance, friends ...
Time: contemporary
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
I Like It Like That (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino. Things get even worse when Chino goes to jail and Lisette ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, dark humor, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, couples, hopes, human nature, love affair, transsexual, eccentric family, parents and children, love and romance, nothing goes right, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
On a Clear Day (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, Frank Redmond, a no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man, suddenly finds himself laid off. For the first time in his life, he is without a job or a sense of direction, and he's too proud to ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, swimming, working class, hopes, self discovery, couple relations, down on your luck, marriage, obsessive quest, love and romance, underdog ...
Time: contemporary
Place: glasgow scotland, english channel, scotland, europe, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 69 min.
Story: Iris (Kati Outinen) has a soul-deadening job as a quality-control worker watching boxes of matches go by on an assembly line all day. At night, she eats silently with her dour mother (Elina Salo) and stepfather (Esko Nikkari). One weekend, wearing ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: vengeance, working class, murder, pregnancy, loneliness, parent child relationship, factory, young woman, unwanted pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, poison, visceral ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: finland, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Cape of Good Hope (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mark Bamford's thought-provoking comedy explores the ever-present friction between class, race and faith in modern-day South Africa, tracing the intersection of multiple lives. A Drama revolving around 3 women's lives and how they are ...
Style: sincere, touching, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: pregnancy, interracial relations, love triangle, love affair, love and romance, dishonesty, workplace, society, hopes, single parent, looking for love, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Thing Called Love (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Miranda Presley moves from New York to Nashville to become a songwriter. At an unsuccessful audition she meets James Wright, a promising newcomer. After only a few days they marry but start to quickly regret it.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: country music, friendship, romance, musician's life, couples, couple relations, friends, twentysomething life, love and romance, artists and showbiz, hopes, showbiz ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, tennessee, usa, ireland, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Before We Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman who is robbed on her way to catch the 1:30 train to Boston is left stranded in New York City. She meets a man who helps her during the course of the night and the two form a romance.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, love and romance, stranger, hopes, nothing goes right, adventure, jazz musician, art, unfaithful husband, life philosophy, fall in love, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Celeste and Jesse met in high school and got married young. They laugh at the same jokes and finish each other’s sentences. They are forever linked in their friends’ minds as the perfect couple – she, a high-powered businesswoman and budding ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, best friends, romance, couples, love and romance, lifestyle, starting over, hopes, looking for love, thirtysomething life, breakup ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Finland, Germany
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of garrulous Russian Klaudia and Estonian Tatiana - who are clearly ...
Style: stylized, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: hitchhiker, on the road, misfit, coffee, cigarette smoking, society, misfit partners, unfulfillment, buddies, social misfits, culture clash, singleness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Puffy Chair (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Josh's life is pretty much in the toilet. He's a failed NYC indie rocker, and a failing booking agent. But he finds the potential of a small victory in a really bad idea. He decides to purchase a 1985 Lazy Boy on eBay, just like the one ...
Style: road movie, mumblecore, humorous, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, on the road, family relations, wedding, introspection, parents and children, hopes, self discovery, love and romance, brother brother relationship, couple relations, gift ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Irene in Time (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A film about the complex relationships between fathers and daughters, and the potential lifelong consequences of those relationships.
Style: sincere, psychological, touching, clever, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: haunted by the past, couples, family relations, romance, looking for love, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, strong female presence, sexual content, hopes, dating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 6.8
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A Silent Love (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Mexico
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Through an Internet service, a Montreal professor arranges for himself a Mexican bride. But both husband and wife, even with their good intentions, are in for a bumpy ride toward marital harmony.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, love triangle, family relations, looking for love, opposites attract, couples, fall in love, human nature, parents and children, couple relations, social differences, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: montreal, mexico, latin america, canada, montreal quebec canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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
Plot: book, friendship, love and romance, infidelity, couple relations, crumbling marriage, literature, breakup, break-up, teacher, reconciliation, computer genius ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
Place: usa, california, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Lawless Heart (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In a British seaside resort, several lives intertwine following the funeral of a gay restaurant owner
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, love and romance, love affair, dealing with death, gay, friendship, adultery, sex, eccentricity, bittersweet, gays and lesbians, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, prague, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
A Tale of Springtime (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. The first in Eric Rohmer's Four Seasons series, Conte de printemps (A Tale In Springtime) is the story of an introverted young girl (Florence Darel) just reaching adulthood who takes ...
Style: talky, clever, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: philosopher, friendship, cousin cousin relationship, vacation, parents and children, youth, family relations, romance, hopes, mischievous children, love and romance, matchmaking ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, tokyo, california, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Italian for Beginners (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A group of strangers find friendship, family and love within an Italian beginners’ course.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, sentimental, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, romance, lifestyle, starting over, fall in love, looking for love, couples, culture clash, hotel, waitress, priest, female director ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century
Place: denmark, venice, copenhagen, italy, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
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50 First Dates (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it's possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That's because ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, sweet, touching, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: memory loss, romance, wooing, love and romance, amnesia, power of love, painting, deja vu, selflessness, creativity, couples, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Orchestra Seats (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young woman arrives in Paris where she finds a job as a waitress in bar next on Avenue Montaigne that caters to the surrounding theaters and the wealthy inhabitants of the area. She will meet a pianist, a famous actress and a great art collector, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sentimental, feel good, touching ...
Plot: pianist, friendship, waitress, reconciliation, lifestyle, fall in love, collector, artists and showbiz, romance, couples, couple relations, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%