Movies like The Dreamlife of Angels

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The Dreamlife of Angels
Original name: La Vie rêvée des anges
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to warmer climes. Marie usually is either angry or detached. Then, while Isa begins to visit the child in whose flat they live, going to hospital to read to her, Marie slowly falls for a rich youth. At first Marie keeps him at bay, then she not only pursues him, she begins to dream he is her life's love. When Isa tries to warn Marie, their friendship flounders. How will Marie handle the inevitable? And once they lose the flat, where will they go?
Style: talky, realistic, touching, sincere, serious, compassionate, bleak, melancholic, harsh, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, obsession, working class, depression, hospital, coma, unlikely friendships, loneliness, relationships, pornography, workplace, women, character study, homeless, honest, life, life & death, runaway, life philosophy, complex characters, drinking, dreams, existentialism, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, flanders

Most similar movies to The Dreamlife of Angels

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, reflective and talky films with plots about culture clash, loneliness, mentor, runaway, childhood, catastrophe and life philosophy mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Dreamlife of Angels: Goodbye Solo (2008), Ponette (1996), Career Girls (1997), Olive Kitteridge (2014), Blue Car (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Goodbye Solo
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, suicide, aging, loneliness, character study, taxi, depression, interracial relations, mentor, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, california
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Ponette
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: talky, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: boarding school, death, children, dealing with death, friendship, childhood, school, imagination, adolescence, hopes, mentor, bereavement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, tokyo, kindergarten
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Career Girls
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, college, reunion, realism, best friends, unlikely friendships, secrets, loneliness, drinking, life philosophy, dialogue, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, europe, new jersey, tokyo
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Olive Kitteridge
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
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System:   82%
    User:   74%
 
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Blue Car
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, school, hospital, writer's life, relationships, nudity (topless - notable), poetry, teacher, loneliness, coming-of-age ...
Time: contemporary
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Central Station
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, self discovery, poverty, loneliness, love, on the road, obsessive quest, letter, road trip, unlikely friendships, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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A Single Girl
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young Parisian must make major decisions about pregnancy, a job and her boyfriend.
Style: atmospheric, serious, melancholic, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, workplace, down on your luck, voyeurism, new wave, pornography, women, life, twentysomething life, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france
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System:   79%
    User:   85%
 
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Reprise
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, depression, writer's life, writers, relationships, unlikely friendships, mentor, road not taken, complex characters, pornography, loneliness, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, oslo norway, hawaii, paris france
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System:   73%
    User:   82%
 
Oslo, August 31st
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, intellectual, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: addiction, suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, drinking, writer's life, depression, human nature, drug addiction, character study, drugs, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, california, oslo norway
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System:   72%
    User:   60%
 
Spring Forward
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, working class, buddies, mentor, unlikely friendships, marijuana, homeless, human nature, character study, life philosophy, honest, aids ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   65%
 
The Flower of My Secret
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Marisa Paredes is Leocadia ("Leo") Macias, a woman writing “pink” romance novels under the alias of Amanda Gris that are very popular all across Spain. Unlike her romantic novels, her own love life is troubled. Leo has a less than ...
Style: clever, serious, touching, reflective, realistic ...
Plot: romance, obsession, suicide attempt, postmodernism, writer's life, relationships, loneliness, self discovery, writing, hospital, infidelity, writers ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   82%
 
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Wild Reeds
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the Algerian War draws to a close, a teenager with a girlfriend starts feeling homosexual urges for two of his classmates: a country boy, and a French-Algerian intellectual.
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, reflective, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gay, boarding school, friendship, french, homosexuality, teenager, virginity, sexuality, love triangle, adolescence, teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, algeria, south of france
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System:   69%
    User:   73%
 
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Our Song
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, bleak, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, coming of age, teenager, music band, adolescence, coming-of-age, relationships, pregnancy, teenagers, neo realism, runaway ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   60%
 
All or Nothing
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, loneliness, drinking, poverty, realism, couple relations, taxi driver, hospital, relationships, parents and children, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, new jersey, algeria ...
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Midaq Alley
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City. There is the bar-owner's son, Chava, who yearns to emigrate to America. A poor barber, Abel, is madly in love with ...
Style: clever, serious, harsh, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, prostitution, prostitute, homosexuality, crimes, love and romance, poverty, brutality, relationships, women, pornography, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, mexico, africa, egypt, middle east ...
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Tully
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, young lovers, single father, family drama, relationships, crumbling marriage, romance, drinking, loneliness, opposites attract ...
Place: england, nebraska, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   54%
 
Pelle the Conqueror
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, farm, island, male nudity, death, tragedy, love, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
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System:   65%
    User:   55%
 
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Time Out
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: down on your luck, unemployment, workplace, loneliness, solitude, existentialism, dishonesty, countryside, character study, isolation, greed, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, switzerland, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   75%
 
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Broken Wings
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: emotional, talky, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, death, depression, children, single parent, family drama, mother daughter relationship, hospital, human nature, family bonds, runaway, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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System:   64%
    User:   58%
 
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, adoption, dysfunctional family, friendship, culture clash, father daughter relationship, relationships, family drama, single parent, family, writer's life, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: europe, france, tokyo, paris france
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System:   63%
    User:   72%
 
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Mamma Roma
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who ...
Style: serious, gloomy, melancholic, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prostitute, prostitution, hospital, pimp, going straight, loneliness, childhood, starting over, runaway, relationships, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, italy, tokyo, mexico, rome italy
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System:   63%
    User:   68%
 
Take Care of My Cat
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The fashionable Hye-joo is focused on her career at a brokerage house. She's making a decent living, but her co-workers look down on her. Tae-hee is sick of living under the thumb of her domineering father. She spends her time doing volunteer ...
Style: serious, sincere, melancholic, reflective, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, artist, unlikely friendships, loneliness, workplace, runaway, life is a bitch, friends, coming-of-age, childhood, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, seoul, japan, tokyo ...
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System:   62%
    User:   63%
 
Nenette and Boni
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: psychological, serious, art house, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, coming of age, school, single parent, male nudity, dealing with death, relationships, runaway, hospital, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, london, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   72%
 
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Whatever
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, Anna, a New Jersey teenager faces her impending adulthood, dreaming of a life as a successful New York artist. When she gets caught up in the carefree sport of pre-AIDS sex and drugs, Anna's future becomes less certain.
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, gloomy, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, school, drugs, high school, coming-of-age, adolescence, drinking, parents and children, pornography, runaway ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, california
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System:   61%
    User:   49%
 
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Passion Fish
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: clever, talky, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, disability, folk, human nature, self discovery, small town, relationships, unlikely friendships, loneliness, redemption, urban, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   71%
 
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Summer
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A lonely Parisian woman comes to terms with her isolation and anxieties during a long summer vacation.
Style: talky, realistic, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, loneliness, solitude, romance, relationships, existentialism, fall in love, obsession, love and romance, character study, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, ireland, tokyo, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   64%
 
The Fire Within
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: loneliness, addiction, suicide, existentialism, dysfunctional family, drinking, depression, french, crumbling marriage, downfall, rehabilitation, clinic ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, versailles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   62%
 
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Another Woman
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: philosophy, friendship, adultery, marriage, writing, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, relationships, character study, life, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   55%
    User:   46%
 
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Alone
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, pregnancy, loneliness, poverty, drinking, parents and children, relationships, redemption, mother daughter relationship, friendship, father daughter relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   62%
 
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Wendy and Lucy
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: dog, small town, loneliness, depression, realism, on the road, pets, homeless, travel, character study, storytelling, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
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System:   55%
    User:   63%
 
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