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The United States of Leland
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the prison, decides to write about Leland's case. Meanwhile, others affected by the murder, including Becky and her sister, Julie, must contend with their own problems.
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, serious, rough, realistic, clever, emotional, gloomy, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, dysfunctional family, murder, teacher, addiction, depression, death, coming of age, violence, mentor, relationships, writer's life, existentialism, life philosophy, loneliness, life & death, mental illness, philosophy, drug addiction, crime, investigation, psychology, dialogue, honest, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, italy, california, paris france
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, bleak and serious films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, life philosophy, mentor, redemption, dialogue and depression mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The United States of Leland: Half Nelson (2006), Slam (1998), Reign Over Me (2007), Margaret (2011), Interiors (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Half Nelson
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Country: USA
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Country: USA
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Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
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Country: USA
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Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
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Country: USA
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Style: talky, cynical, realistic, psychological, tragicomedy ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Time: contemporary
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The Edge of Heaven
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, intellectual, serious, melancholic ...
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Time: contemporary
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    User:   42%
 
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: talky, clever, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
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    User:   46%
 

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