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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: Vietnam, France
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: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, visually appealing, meditative, scenic, breathtaking, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, love, master and servant, coming of age, youth, romance, parents and children, love and romance, love affair, society, couples, photograph, cooking, friendship, death, sex, fight, musician, pregnancy, money, illness, male female relationship, children, buddhism, insect ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon

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Most similar movies to The Scent of Green Papaya

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, love and romance, love, couples, death, catastrophe and storytelling mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like The Scent of Green Papaya: The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000), Once Upon an Angel (2002), Clara and Me (2004), A Heart of Stone (1992), Cyclo (1995). 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: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, siblings relations, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, family problems, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
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Once Upon an Angel (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A grief-stricken man who just lost his mother has a one night stand with a maid. What he doesn't know is that she's a virgin. He returns to his sad world of perfume business while she, unable to forget her first lover, follows him.
Style: humorous, serious, realistic, touching, light
Plot: family relations, love and romance, romance, sexual relations, couples, power relations, husband wife relationship, marriage, love, singer, first love, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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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: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: fall in love, lovers reunited, introspection, parents and children, love affair, self discovery, midlife crisis, couples, gender, singleness, hopes, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, argentina
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A Heart of Stone (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music, 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, contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, love triangle, love, violin, romance, couples, couple relations, fall in love, musician's life, love and romance, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, hungary, geneva switzerland ...
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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: stylized, disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: poverty, gangsters, gang, coming of age, poet, pimp, taxi driver, slaughterhouse, water gun, bicycle, nosebleed, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, saigon, asia, hong kong
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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, touching, sentimental, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, haunted by the past, mother, power of love, mother daughter relationship, dying, death of mother, wedding, death, friendship, women, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
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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: sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic, thought provoking, visually appealing ...
Plot: suicide, teenager, young man, love triangle, young lovers, introspection, haunted by the past, self discovery, love and romance, love affair, reading, first sexual experience ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, clever ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, love triangle, couples, pregnancy, love affair, fall in love, society, betrayal, parents and children, haunted by the past, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s
Place: london, england, europe
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26%
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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, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, suicide, grief, parents and children, high school life, friends, family relations, love and romance, youth, lifestyle, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 70s
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Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-n-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, family relations, love affair, crumbling marriage, romance, family problems, sex with stepmother, love and romance, estrangement, couples, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, memphis, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, thought provoking, psychological, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: translator, alienation, relationships, fall in love, couple relations, society, unfulfillment, love and romance, romance, rise and fall, lifestyle, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy, los angeles, europe, usa ...
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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: realistic, melancholic, sexy, intense, serious ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, family relations, village, bourgeoisie, tragic hero, life is a bitch, village life, family life, destructive relationship, love affair, dull life ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 18th century, 70s
Place: normandy, france, europe, switzerland, london
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24%
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: touching, emotional, captivating, serious, scenic ...
Plot: loveless marriage, infidelity, couple relations, love and romance, adultery, marriage, cheating wife, unfaithful wife, doctor, couples, redemption, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, shanghai, london, asia, shanghai china ...
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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, sentimental, disturbing, emotional, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, photographer, love and romance, social differences, parents and children, society, art, dysfunctional family, wedding, family relations, protege, bohemian ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, los angeles, ireland
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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: enigmatic, emotional, serious, scenic, colourful ...
Plot: love affair, fall in love, couples, society, master and servant, nanny, couple relations, loss of virginity, infidelity, social differences, love and romance, love triangle ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1800s
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A Song for Martin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark
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Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, couple relations, love affair, couples, family problems, love and romance, crumbling marriage, musician's life, lifestyle, fall in love, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe
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The Last Song (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 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, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, youth, teenage life, teenage love, teen romance, love, family relations, parents and children, estrangement, love and romance, coming of age, pianist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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23%
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: emotional, sincere, romantic, sweet, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: working class, small town, family relations, romance, dysfunctional marriage, family feud, social differences, rich and poor, americana, society, obsession, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, illinois, philadelphia
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Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
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Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
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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: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, contemplative ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
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Circle of Friends (1995)
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Country: Ireland, USA, UK
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Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
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Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
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Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
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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, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
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Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Story: Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, lyrical, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, wedding, lovers reunited, first love, dysfunctional family, coma, family, infidelity, introspection, family values, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Chopin: Desire for Love (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Country: Poland
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The biography of world famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, captivating, emotional
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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: sincere, touching, meditative, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: couples, family relations, love affair, obsession, romance, life turned upside down, breakup, couple relations, parents and children, crumbling marriage, hopes, unfulfillment ...
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A Price Above Rubies (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, light, contemplative ...
Plot: love and romance, self discovery, infidelity, love affair, introspection, jewelry, women, stereotypes, job, loneliness, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender bending, love triangle, homosexual, friendship, prostitute, suicide, communism, marriage, teacher, actor, opera ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 60s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: china, beijing china, asia, japan, taiwan ...
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20%