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

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and melancholic films with plots about love and romance, love, culture clash, relationships, runaway, catastrophe and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like The Scent of Green Papaya: The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000), Cyclo (1995), Norwegian Wood (2010), Clara and Me (2004), The Heart of Me (2002). 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, touching, sentimental, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, human nature, investigation, anniversary, family life, couples, family problems, crumbling marriage, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo
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95%
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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, rough, realistic ...
Plot: taxi driver, coming of age, poet, pimp, gang, gangsters, crime, urban, innocence lost, downfall, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
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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, gloomy, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide, reading, young man, teenager, love and romance, love triangle, young lovers, introspection, rock, haunted by the past, college, hopes ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1920s
Place: asia, campus, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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: touching, sexual, serious, emotional, twists and turns ...
Plot: pregnancy, hopes, unfulfillment, romance, self discovery, midlife crisis, thirtysomething life, friends, family relations, wizards and magicians, love and romance, singleness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: clever, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, love triangle, couples, family relations, celebrity culture, parents and children, artists and showbiz, romance, haunted by the past, society, betrayal ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
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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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, friendship, love triangle, romance, power of love, regret, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, love affair, mother, best friend, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, suicide, grief, family relations, school, parents and children, social misfits, romance, love and romance, high school life, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: oregon, portland oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: couple relations, infidelity, loveless marriage, love and romance, crumbling marriage, marriage, doctor, redemption, couples, epidemic, unfulfillment, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, americana, racism, high school, culture clash, jewish, rebelliousness, small time, family relations, parents and children, interracial relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: semi serious, humorous, clever, realistic, touching ...
Plot: photographer, dysfunctional family, protege, bohemian, older man younger woman relationship, romance, coming of age, hopes, fall in love, celebrity culture, love and romance, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, youth, fall in love, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, rock, estrangement, coming of age, pianist, sibling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, ireland, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, realistic, gloomy, enigmatic ...
Plot: obsession, love, love triangle, girl, violin, romance, artists and showbiz, couples, musician's life, unfulfillment, fall in love, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france, brussels belgium, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, realistic, thought provoking, psychological, serious ...
Plot: alienation, translator, couple relations, city life, love and romance, couples, love affair, rise and fall, urban, society, fall in love, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, usa, los angeles, europe, tokyo
⇓ 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, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, romance, coming of age, dysfunctional family, love and romance, sexual relations, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, talky, romantic ...
Plot: infidelity, village, bourgeoisie, adultery, road not taken, tragic hero, couple relations, romance, society, social relations, family relations, dull life ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: normandy, france, europe, switzerland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, couples, fall in love, love and romance, couple relations, society, egg, loss of virginity, infidelity, nanny, murder, romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s
Place: scotland, england, london, europe, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, sentimental ...
Plot: gender bending, gays and lesbians, opera, friendship, prostitute, teacher, marriage, suicide, love triangle, communism, homosexual, actor ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 20s, 60s, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, taiwan, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, unfulfillment, immigrants, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, r&b, estrangement, family relations, isolation, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: memphis, russia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: dancing, beach, dancer's life, dance, romance, music, latin, family relations, contests and competitions, parents and children, fall in love, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 80s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, humorous, sentimental, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: coming of age, pregnancy, orphan, abortion, college, small town, college life, small town life, friendship, betrayal, romance, couples ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: sentimental, touching, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, fall in love, couple relations, love and romance, love affair, looking for love, couples, school, train, widower, widow, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: aids, transsexual, friendship, infidelity, gays and lesbians, human nature, couples, family problems, death in the family, dishonesty, love affair, gender ...
Time: contemporary
Place: milan italy, rome italy, istanbul turkey, spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, talky, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: working class, small town, obsession, coming of age, gas station, dysfunctional marriage, romance, society, social differences, mechanic, snobbism, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Washington Square (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1870's New York, a spinster heiress is courted by a much younger, penniless man, much to the chagrin of her over-protective father, and must decide whether to spend the rest of her life alone, or marry a man who is interested in her only ...
Style: stylized, realistic, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: betrayal, forbidden love, spinster, heiress, romance, love triangle, family life, dishonesty, couples, society, social differences, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, minnesota, geneva switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, hidden identity, radical, pianist, hiding, on the run, love and romance, friends, family relations, liberal, hippie ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1971
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, oakland california ...
⇓ 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, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: pianist, music, musician's life, friendship, musician, singer, song, music store, street musician, composer, recording studio, recording session ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, czech republic, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, erotic, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: love, politics, gift, jail, composer, pianist, romance, opposites attract, social differences, society, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, africa, europe, rome italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Beyond Silence (1996)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Beyond Silence is about a family and a young girl’s coming of age story. This German film looks into the lives of the deaf and at a story about the love for music. A girl who has always had to translate speech into sign language for her deaf ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, sign language, clarinet, deafness, concert, mute or deaf, youth, family relations, musician's life, family life, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: italy, berlin germany, germany, argentina, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
An Impudent Girl (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Charlotte is being raised without a mother. She is only 13 but ready to be an adult. She meets an older boy and begins a relationship while teaching a young friend about life and learning the ropes herself.
Style: sentimental, gloomy, touching, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, working class, friendship, family relations, friends, small town, self discovery, youth, prodigy, love affair, small town life, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Song for Martin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Martin, conductor of a symphonic orchestra, meet Barbara, violine player and they start a relationship. Five years later Martin starts to develop loss of memory and becomes more and more confused. Finally he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: infidelity, opera, love affair, couples, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, fall in love, dealing with death, love and romance, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%