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The Pillow Book (1996)
 6.7
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg, Austria
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies.
Style: erotic, art house, enigmatic, non-linear, artsy, sexual, sexy, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: writing, model, translator, nudity (full frontal - brief), book, skin, publisher, body painting, calligraphy, legends and myths, lovers, love, japanese girl, male nudity, violent husband, revolution, heroes, romance, politics, religions or cults, life is a bitch, royal family, anti hero, artists and showbiz, social differences ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california, hong kong, shanghai, kyoto japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, stylized, visually appealing and talky films with plots about dialogue, weird, storytelling, obsession, nudity (full frontal - brief), male nudity and existentialism mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pillow Book: A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), 8 ? Women (1999), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Delta of Venus (1995), Young Adam (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving a car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the ...
Style: talky, surreal, clever, witty, cult film ...
Plot: obsession, death, twins, pregnancy, zoo, siblings relations, love and romance, death in the family, dealing with death, freak, love triangle, orchestral ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
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100%
 5.8
 4K
8 ? Women (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After the death of his wife, wealthy businessman Philip Emmenthal and his son Storey open their own private harem in their family residence in Geneva (they get the idea while watching Federico Fellini's 8½ and after Storey is "given" ...
Style: sexy, erotic, surreal, talky, clever ...
Plot: nun, harem, father son relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), obsession, couple relations, dangerous attraction, unfulfillment, sexual relations, profanity, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, switzerland, geneva switzerland, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Belly of an Architect (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The American architect Kracklite arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibiton for a French architect, Boullée, famous for his oval structures. Tirelessly dedicated to the project, Kracklite's marriage quickly dissolves along with his health.
Style: grotesque, talky, sexy, sexual, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, architecture, illness, architect, stomach, obsession, male nudity, destructive relationship, mentally unstable, human nature, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Delta of Venus (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A struggling American writer and a fellow American expatriate begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, serious, stylized ...
Plot: infidelity, world war two, writers, violence, extramarital affair, jealousy, soldier, secret, romance, bdsm, love affair, writer's life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, europe, france, england, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 6.4
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Young Adam (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.
Style: serious, realistic, enigmatic, disturbing, dark ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, destructive relationship, extramarital affair, murder, couple relations, mysterious character, sexual relations, drifter, crimes, neo noir, court case ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but ...
Style: cult film, stylized, talky, surreal, dark humor ...
Plot: restaurant, gangsters, cheating wife, cannibalism, satire, cook, strong sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief), infidelity, painting, profanity, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.2
 10K
Romance (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading ...
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: degradation, infidelity, nymphomania, erection, bondage, rape, cuckold, strong sexual content, female full frontal nudity, blow job, sexual relations, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.4
 28K
Live Flesh (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, intense, emotional ...
Plot: strong sexual content, infidelity, lust, sexual relations, bus, adultery, obsession, love triangle, desire, danger, haunted by the past, paraplegic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, barcelona spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Style: sexual, non-linear, sexy, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loss of virginity, innocence lost, elderly lovers, forbidden love, family relations, twins, vengeance, love and romance, teenage life, siblings relations, destructive relationship, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, stone age
Place: africa, tunisia, kenya, england, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 17K
Exotica (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the upscale Toronto strip club Exotica, dancer Christina is visited nightly by the obsessive Francis, a depressed tax auditor. Her ex-boyfriend, the club's MC, Eric, still jealously pines for her even as he introduces her onstage, but Eric ...
Style: sexual, non-linear, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: stripper, haunted by the past, loss of daughter, accountant, ballet, pet shop, secret, nightclub, unhappiness, redemption, profanity, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
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Naked Lunch (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.
Style: psychedelic, disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hallucination, murder, exterminator, bug, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, strong sexual content, delusion ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Tokyo Decadence (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A submissive hooker goes about her trade, suffering abuse at the hands of Japanese salarymen and Yakuza types. She's unhappy about her work, and is apparently trying to find some sort of appeasement for the fact that her lover has married.
Style: erotic, tense, surreal, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: bdsm, sex, prostitute, sexual abuse, sexual relations, gangsters, life is a bitch, downfall, rescue, crimes, destructive relationship, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mount fuji, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
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I Am Curious (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with relationships, political activism, and meditation. Meanwhile, ...
Style: controversial, sexual, sexy, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: politics, film within a film, meditation, student, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), feminism, sexual relations, love affair, life is a bitch, state affairs, strong sexual content ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: sweden, europe, spain, stockholm sweden, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
In Praise of Love (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Someone we hear talking - but whom we do not see - speaks of a project which describes the four key moments of love: meeting, physical passion, arguments/separation and making up. This project is to be told through three couples: young, adult and ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, meditative, enigmatic, non-linear ...
Plot: politics, philosophy, art, romance, painter, humanity, loneliness, life & death, life philosophy, existentialism, filmmaking, master and servant ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 106K
8? (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: psychological, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, introspection, postmodernism, producer, showbiz, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Here is the story of a beautiful, proud and tough loner, a sailor named Querelle, whose commanding officer Seblon worships and desires him from afar. Querelle turns on his drugs-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel ...
Style: sexual, sexy, stylized, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, murder, betrayal, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, dishonesty, couples, gangsters, sexual relations, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Morvern Callar (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: psychological, serious, touching, contemplative, atmospheric ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, supermarket, self discovery, friends, couple relations, couples, twentysomething life, best friend, writers, rave, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, spain, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 5K
Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, babies and infants, crimes, love and romance, haunted by the past, investigation, family problems, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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T2: Trainspotting (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.
Style: intense, thought provoking, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, friendship, addiction, junkie, heroin, violence, blackmail, theft, extortion, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 80s, year 1979, year 1974, 2010s
Place: scotland, bulgaria, edinburgh scotland, amsterdam, scottish highlands ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, rivalry, friendship, haunted by the past, gender, actor's life, dishonesty, disorder, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.9
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The Silence (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester, her sister Anna and Anna's young son, Johan, check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen ...
Style: sexual, sexy, psychological, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: hotel, female masturbation, lesbian, terminal illness, travel, rage, sister sister relationship, desire, incest, dysfunctional family, family problems, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Great Beauty (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, surreal, absurd, lyrical ...
Plot: journalist, nun, high society, artist, aging, party, writer's life, introspection, old love, writers, art, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, photographer, waitress, breasts, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, love triangle, invasion, artist, mistress, womanizer, communism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: prague, central europe, switzerland, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.7
 2K
Katie Tippel (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the late 19th century, a young woman moves to Amsterdam with her family and tries to make a living. Preyed upon by various men, she nonetheless rises in society.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: family relations, sexual abuse, prostitute, society, lifestyle, strong sexual content, couples, sexual relations, rise to the top, life is a bitch, parents and children, rich and poor ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1880s
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
I, the Worst of All (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The prelate finds her a symbol of European laxity. He engineers ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: intrigue, convent, solitude, injustice, burned alive, writer's life, rebelliousness, feminism, strong female presence, haunted by the past, woman in danger, forbidden love ...
Time: 17th century, 1920s
Place: mexico, latin america, spain, tokyo, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 621K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, dark humor, captivating, psychedelic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, existentialism, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, drug addiction, society, self destructing, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, london, edinburgh scotland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Night Porter (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic ...
Style: psychological, serious, sexual, bleak, sexy ...
Plot: s&m, war crime, dangerous attraction, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual abuse, lovers reunited, graphic violence, sexual perversion, hotel, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, 1940s ...
Place: vienna, europe, hungary, germany, frankfurt germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 10K
Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drowning, family relations, small town, police officer, poacher, suicide, alibi, humiliation, coming of age, innocence lost, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 2K
Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. Widowed musician Andreas decides to get back in touch with his one great love, Claire, who is still married to her ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, romantic, contemplative ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, golden years, lovers reunited, love triangle, crumbling marriage, family problems, aging, male female relationship, loneliness, husband wife relationship, couples ...
Time: 90s, 1950s, 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: belgium, adelaide south australia, melbourne australia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Almost a decade has elapsed since Bowiesque glam-rock superstar Brian Slade escaped the spotlight of the London scene. Now, investigative journalist Arthur Stuart is on assignment to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic Slade. Stuart, himself ...
Style: surreal, sexual, sexy, stylized, non-linear ...
Plot: faked death, school uniform, fictional band, music, bisexual, male nudity, gender bending, bohemian life, musician's life, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 19th century, year 1984
Place: england, europe, britain, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%