Movies like The Pillow Book

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The Pillow Book (1996)
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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, surreal, sexy, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: model, translator, book, writing, skin, publisher, body painting, calligraphy, legends and myths, lovers, nudity (full frontal - brief), love, violent husband, japanese girl, revolution, heroes, politics, religions or cults, life is a bitch, royal family, artists and showbiz, social differences, heroic mission, death row, adulthood ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, california, shanghai, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, talky, harsh and stylized films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, mentor, male nudity, pornography, runaway and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The Pillow Book: 8 ? Women (1999), Delta of Venus (1995), Romance (1999), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Young Adam (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: nun, harem, father son relationship, obsession, unfulfillment, couple relations, dangerous attraction, love and romance, parents and children, sexual relations, family relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, switzerland, geneva switzerland, japan, tokyo
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95%
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, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, jealousy, extramarital affair, violence, secret, soldier, romance, sex, sexual relations, artists and showbiz, immigrants, love triangle ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, france, england, paris france, mexico
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77%
 5.3
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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: nymphomania, erection, infidelity, bondage, rape, degradation, obsession, strong sexual content, nightclub, photographer, bound and gagged, prostitute ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, sexual, witty, mind bending, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, architect, illness, stomach, obsession, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, love affair, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, losing-it hero ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: destructive relationship, murder, adultery, couple relations, infidelity, mysterious character, drifter, extramarital affair, crimes, court case, investigation, sexual relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1954, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, realistic, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: innocence lost, forbidden love, elderly lovers, vengeance, sex, kids in trouble, family relations, coming of age, human nature, society, couples, downfall ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, stone age
Place: africa, kenya, tunisia, london, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: stylized, talky, surreal, dark humor, sexual ...
Plot: restaurant, cannibalism, gangsters, cook, spouse killer, strong sexual content, cheating wife, infidelity, crime, crumbling marriage, love affair, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, future
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50%
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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, erotic, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: stripper, haunted by the past, loss of daughter, accountant, ballet, pet shop, unhappiness, nightclub, secret, redemption, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.4
 26K
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: lust, strong sexual content, infidelity, sexual relations, bus, obsession, love triangle, haunted by the past, danger, desire, betrayal, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, barcelona spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, realistic, offbeat, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, parents and children, crimes, obsessive quest, fall in love, vengeance, hidden identity, loss of fortune, love and romance, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, death, pregnancy, zoo, prostitute, love triangle, love and romance, experiment gone awry, couple relations, siblings relations, dealing with death, afterlife ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: sexual, stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, sex, feminism, meditation, student, sexual relations, state affairs, life is a bitch, love affair, self discovery, idealism, experimenting ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: sweden, europe, spain, vietnam, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, prostitute, sexual abuse, sex, sexual relations, gangsters, downfall, rescue, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: surprise ending, reflective, melancholic, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, revenge, junkie, addiction, friendship, heroin, violence, fight, nightclub, prison, bar fight, theft ...
Time: 2010s, year 1979, year 1974
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, scottish highlands, bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, erotic, bleak ...
Plot: war crime, dangerous attraction, s&m, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, lovers reunited, destructive relationship, danger, hotel, strong sexual content, post war, guilt ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1957
Place: europe, hungary, germany, frankfurt germany, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: gloomy, sexual, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: burned alive, convent, solitude, injustice, intrigue, writer's life, haunted by the past, religions or cults, clergy, human spirit, patronizing, feminism ...
Time: 17th century, 1920s
Place: mexico, latin america, spain, tokyo, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
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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, surreal, stylized, serious, art house ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, postmodernism, love and romance, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, star ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, england, copenhagen denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: sincere, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, rave, supermarket, christmas, self discovery, couples, friends, twentysomething life, couple relations, on the road, best friend ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, spain, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: surreal, intellectual, philosophical, absurd, talky ...
Plot: nun, journalist, high society, artist, aging, party, writer's life, introspection, old love, art, surrealism, stripper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
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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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional, touching ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, love triangle, family problems, dishonesty, couples, golden years, love affair, unfulfillment, couple relations, love and romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: melbourne australia, adelaide south australia, belgium, australia
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37%
 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: disturbing, atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychedelic ...
Plot: murder, exterminator, bug, hallucination, addiction, drug abuse, seduction, life is a bitch, crimes, delusion, strong sexual content, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, north africa
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36%
 7.9
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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: small town, drowning, suicide, poacher, alibi, humiliation, coming of age, innocence lost, unfulfillment, village life, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ironic black comedy of love and death that takes place an a lyrically beautiful landscape. Three related women, all named Cissie Colpitts share a solidarity for one another which brings about three copy-cat drownings. The local coroner is in love ...
Style: talky, surreal, witty, cynical, offbeat ...
Plot: drowning, murder, investigation, coroner, vengeance, couples, deadly, dishonesty, family problems, unlikely criminals, crimes, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Bad Guy (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A criminal who runs a brothel becomes obsessed with a beautiful college student. When she rejects him he sets her up by introducing her to a loan shark and when she can't pay, she is forced into working in the brothel. But when she gets the ...
Style: psychological, rough, melancholic, brutal, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, eroticism, pimp, obsessive love, prostitution, fall in love, frame up, love, sexual abuse, bad guy, jealousy, gang ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seoul, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: hotel, lesbian, terminal illness, desire, sex, sister sister relationship, travel, rage, incest, dysfunctional family, family problems, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: realistic, biting, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: social worker, pregnancy, love, children, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, parents and children, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, paraguay, liverpool, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, captivating, dark humor, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, social misfits, counterculture, society, drug rehabilitation, crimes, misfit, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
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Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: drowning, mouse, neighbor, canal, coming of age, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, picked on, urban ghetto, family relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: realistic, surreal, gloomy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: politics, filmmaking, master and servant, golden years, showbiz, car, essay, graffiti, philosophy, cinema, book, pornography ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, psychological, serious, reflective ...
Plot: suicide, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, death in the family, museum, investigation, haunted by the past, love and romance, babies and infants, village life, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, europe, italy, asia, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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