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The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
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The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Original name: Mùi đu đủ xanh
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, Vietnam
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another family, a young pianist and his wife. The musician falls in love with the peasant, he taught her literacy and they eventually married. A movie about a girl's life.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic, meditative, scenic, breathtaking, reflective, melancholic, colourful ...
Plot: master and servant, love, coming of age, love affair, romance, love and romance, society, family relations, parents and children, youth, couples, cooking, friendship, death, animal abuse, musician, pregnancy, money, illness, male female relationship, buddhism, insect, happiness, book, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and talky films with plots about love, love and romance, storytelling, runaway, culture clash, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like The Scent of Green Papaya: The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000), Norwegian Wood (2010), Cyclo (1995), Evening (2007), The Painted Veil (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: talky, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, cafe, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family life, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.4
 10K
Norwegian Wood (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in the 1960's, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his only friend Kizuki after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko in the ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: young man, teenager, reading, folk, young lovers, romance, rock, introspection, love affair, college, haunted by the past, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: asia, campus, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 4K
Cyclo (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Hong Kong
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Follows a young cyclo (bicycle cab) driver on his poverty-driven descent into criminality in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The boy's struggles to scratch out a living for his two sisters and grandfather in the mean streets of the city lead to ...
Style: bleak, stylized, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: taxi driver, coming of age, crime, gang, pimp, poet, gangsters, downfall, innocence lost, drugs/alcohol, urban, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.5
 13K
Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, friendship, romance, love affair, parent child relationship, summer, best friend, mother, new love, love triangle, haunted by the past, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 20th century, 21st century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Painted Veil (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: couple relations, infidelity, love and romance, crumbling marriage, loveless marriage, doctor, marriage, epidemic, redemption, couples, unfulfillment, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Permanent Record (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David Sinclair seems to have everything going for him: he's smart, musically talented, and very successful. To top off his senior year in high school, his band is trying to get a recording session. Therefore, David's suicide leaves ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, suicide, coming of age, buddies, school, social misfits, romance, music, parents and children, high school life, teenage life, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: portland oregon, oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Liberty Heights (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, high school, jewish, racism, americana, opposites attract, culture clash, human nature, rebelliousness, self discovery, interracial relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1954 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gender bending, opera, friendship, gays and lesbians, love triangle, prostitute, suicide, communism, actor, homosexual, teacher, marriage ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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A Man and a Woman (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly, they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, couple relations, widow, widower, school, fall in love, train, love and romance, couples, looking for love, love affair, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 662
Clara and Me (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Antoine has what every young single man could wish: a promising career, true and loyal friends, and an apartment of his own. However, he's a lonely man, until he meets Clara, a beautiful and exciting woman, and deeply falls in love with her. ...
Style: emotional, serious, twists and turns, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: pregnancy, introspection, self discovery, romance, singleness, lovers reunited, midlife crisis, love and romance, couples, fall in love, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.9
 15K
L'Eclisse (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed by the man's materialistic nature.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: translator, alienation, human nature, romance, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, urban, parents and children, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, usa, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
A Heart of Stone (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: obsession, love, girl, violin, love triangle, romance, fall in love, friends, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, musician's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, brussels belgium, paris france, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Heart of Me (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Drama set in 1930s London with two sisters, Madeleine married to Rickie, and Dinah, who falls in love with him. Rickie and Dinah begin an affair which is to have repercussions throughout all their lives.
Style: clever, serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, pregnancy, couples, family relations, love affair, romance, parents and children, haunted by the past, fall in love, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sexual, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, coming of age, romance, fall in love, male friendship, relationship problems, summer vacation, gay relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.0
 2K
Guinevere (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer.
Style: touching, semi serious, clever, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: photographer, dysfunctional family, bohemian, protege, older man younger woman relationship, romance, coming of age, young lovers, parents and children, fall in love, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, san francisco, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 74K
The Last Song (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A drama centered on a rebellious girl who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, youth, fall in love, parents and children, family relations, rock, estrangement, sibling relationship, love and romance, coming of age, pianist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, ireland, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In pre-revolution Cuba, Katey Miller is about to defy everyone's expectations. Instead of a parent-approved suitor, Katey is drawn to the sexy waiter, Javier, who spends his nights dancing in Havana's nightclubs. As she secretly learns to ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: dancer's life, dance, romance, latin, music, social differences, cuban revolution, falling in love, little boy, fall in love, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
His Secret Life (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce wholesaler named Michele.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: aids, friendship, transsexual, infidelity, gays and lesbians, family, gay relationship, love and romance, couples, friends, dealing with death, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: milan italy, istanbul turkey, rome italy, spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Circle of Friends (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: college, abortion, coming of age, small town, pregnancy, friendship, college life, romance, orphan, small town life, opposites attract, betrayal ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break ...
Style: talky, realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: working class, small town, coming of age, obsession, dysfunctional marriage, romance, gas station, rich and poor, siblings relations, sibling relationship, new love, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Governess (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family father, Charles, start a passionate secret affair.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: love affair, fall in love, love and romance, couples, couple relations, society, nanny, loss of virginity, egg, infidelity, romance, kissing ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s, victorian era
Place: scotland, england, london, europe, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: talky, serious, atmospheric, realistic, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, friends, romance, buddies, prostitute, opposites attract, urban, teenage life, city life, love and romance, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, new york, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Japanese Story (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Against the background of an Australian desert landscape, so much space and so few people, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: culture clash, desert, romance, unlikely couple, love, wilderness, isolation, society, couples, opposites attract, interracial relations, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Temptress Moon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, romance, addiction, society, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Madame Bovary (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Bored with the limited and tedious nature of provincial life in 19th-century France, the fierce and sensual Emma Bovary finds herself in calamitous debt and purses scandalous sexual liaisons with absolute abandon. However, when her volatile ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, talky, romantic ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, bourgeoisie, village, tragic hero, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, dull life, unfulfillment, couples, social relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: normandy, europe, france, switzerland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 4K
Besieged (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, ...
Style: stylized, serious, erotic, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: love, composer, pianist, gift, jail, politics, romance, interracial relations, fall in love, couples, opposites attract, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, africa, europe, rome italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
 7K
Rain (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Iran
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Kurdish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: love, truck, construction site, construction, secret, crying, tea, bus, rain, parents and children, romance, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.9
 104K
Once (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, music, pianist, friendship, street musician, composer, recording studio, music store, recording session, song, romance, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe, czech republic, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 3K
Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: politics, city life, romance, love and romance, urban, society, unfulfillment, couples, human nature, introspection, couple relations, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, north korea, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Legend of 1900 (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The story of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of ...
Style: touching, serious, epic, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: pianist, prodigy, musician's life, jazz, music, musician, ship, ocean, child prodigy, orphan, friendship, passenger ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1900s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%