Movies like The Pillow Book

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The Pillow Book (1996)
 6.5
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg
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, sexy, sexual, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: model, translator, nudity (full frontal - brief), publisher, male nudity, legends and myths, lovers, skin, love, japanese girl, violent husband, heroes, politics, romance, life is a bitch, royal family, social differences, adulthood, lifestyle, rebelliousness, nothing goes right, disorder, political unrest, death row, artists and showbiz ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
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 weird, melancholic, talky and stylized films with plots about nudity (full frontal - brief), loneliness, male nudity, obsession, dialogue, storytelling and female nudity mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pillow Book: A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), 8 ? Women (1999), The Great Beauty (2013), 8½ (1963), Delta of Venus (1995). 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, mind bending ...
Plot: bestiality, obsession, death, pregnancy, zoo, afterlife, dalmatian, twins, family relations, couples, freak, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
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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: nudity (full frontal - brief), nun, father son relationship, obsession, harem, unfulfillment, love and romance, lifestyle, sexual relations, couple relations, parents and children, midlife crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, switzerland, japan, geneva switzerland, tokyo
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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, surreal, intellectual, absurd, lyrical ...
Plot: journalist, high society, artist, aging, writer's life, nun, introspection, stripper, old love, art, surrealism, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: rome italy, italy, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 116K
8½ (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, reflective, stylized ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, postmodernism, mistress, adultery, dreams, self involved, creator, producer, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, copenhagen, england, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Delta of Venus (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 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, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, world war two, writers, bdsm, soldier, jealousy, extramarital affair, romance, artists and showbiz, love and romance, womanizer, writer's life ...
Time: 1940s
Place: paris france, europe, france, england, new york ...
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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: talky, sexy, sexual, semi serious, experimental ...
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, architecture, architect, illness, obsession, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, mentally unstable, downfall, lifestyle, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: sexy, art house, stylized, talky, surreal ...
Plot: cannibalism, restaurant, gangsters, cheating wife, strong sexual content, chef, surrealism, satire, cooking, abusive husband, sociopath, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.4
 14K
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, neo noir, realistic, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, destructive relationship, murder, couple relations, mysterious character, drifter, crimes, court case, dishonesty, investigation, sexual relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1954, 50s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: 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, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loss of virginity, elderly lovers, forbidden love, innocence lost, family relations, twins, vengeance, kids in trouble, couples, culture clash, teenage life, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, stone age
Place: africa, tunisia, england, kenya, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.3
 31K
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, serious, realistic, sexy, intense ...
Plot: lust, infidelity, paraplegic, bus, sexual relations, strong sexual content, obsession, love triangle, desire, haunted by the past, betrayal, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, barcelona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
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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, erotic, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: stripper, ballet, loss of daughter, accountant, haunted by the past, unhappiness, nightclub, redemption, couples, sexual content, dancer's life, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: toronto ontario canada, san francisco, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Tokyo Decadence (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 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: sex, bdsm, femdom, sexual relations, prostitute, sexual abuse, gangsters, rescue, downfall, life is a bitch, addiction, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mount fuji, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 51K
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hallucination, murder, exterminator, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, life is a bitch, crimes, delusion, strong sexual content, dishonesty, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1953
Place: usa, new york, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, stylized ...
Plot: politics, philosophy, art, romance, painter, humanity, loneliness, life & death, life philosophy, existentialism, filmmaking, golden years ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Night Porter (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
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, bleak, sexy, gloomy ...
Plot: s&m, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual perversion, dangerous attraction, war crime, sexual abuse, graphic violence, hotel, eroticism, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, guilt ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1957, 1940s ...
Place: vienna, europe, hungary, frankfurt germany, germany ...
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Crash (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
Style: erotic, psychological, sexual, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: lust, deviant sex, sexual perversion, sexual relations, masochism, explicit sex, obsession, sexuality, car accident, infidelity, hospital, sadism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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, realistic, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, social relations, museum, couples, family problems, couple relations, haunted by the past, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, venice, asia, europe, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.6
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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: sexy, sexual, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, murder, betrayal, gay, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, graphic violence, sexual content, village, sexual relations, village life, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, supermarket, self discovery, rave, friends, couple relations, couples, twentysomething life, best friend, writers, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, spain, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, photographer, waitress, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, love triangle, womanizer, invasion, artist, mistress, soviet army, communism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: prague, central europe, switzerland, usa, europe ...
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55%
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: samurai, obsession, revenge, sword fight, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, haunted by the past, friendship, fall in love, gender bending, vengeance, actor's life ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
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: sexy, surreal, sexual, stylized, non-linear ...
Plot: male nudity, faked death, fictional band, lgbt, music, bohemian life, rock, gender bending, celebrity culture, lifestyle, unfulfillment, rise and fall ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 19th century, year 1984
Place: europe, england, britain, dublin ireland, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Twentynine Palms (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a magazine photo shoot. They find a motel in the town of ...
Style: road movie, psychological, disturbing, erotic, harsh ...
Plot: desert, sexual relations, on the road, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, couple relations, culture clash, road trip, social decay, reconciliation, male female relationship, male rape ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Anatomy of Hell (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's ...
Style: erotic, disturbing, serious, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: obsession, menstruation, destructive relationship, love affair, sexual relations, couples, couple relations, isolation, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, gay ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: rough, sexual, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: strong sexual content, underage sex, erection, teenage sex, incest, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual relations, family relations, youth, coming of age, masturbation, explicit sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
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54%
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surreal, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, schizophrenic, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, therapist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 8.1
 673K
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, psychedelic, captivating, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addiction, addiction, social misfits, surrealism, counterculture, dark humor, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: sexy, realistic, serious, sexual, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, prostitute, family relations, strong sexual content, rich and poor, parents and children, sexual relations, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society, rise to the top, couples ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1880s
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Sweden
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman's care.
Style: erotic, disturbing, psychological, rough, sexual ...
Plot: sex addict, sexual perversion, nymphomaniac, nymphomania, strong sexual content, sexual relations, lust, hardcore, erection, destructive relationship, sex, explicit sex ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.8
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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: sexy, sexual, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hotel, female masturbation, lesbian, dysfunctional family, female orgasm, terminal illness, sister sister relationship, desire, travel, rage, lesbianism, incest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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