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To Return (2006)
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To Return (2006)
Original name: Volver
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) works and lives Madrid with her husband Paco and daughter Paula. Her sister Sole (Lola Dueñas) lives nearby and they both miss their mother Irene (Carmen Maura), who died several years ago in a house fire along with their father. A former neighbor from their hometown reports that she has seen the ghost of Irene and both daughters do not believe her. After a murder and a family tragedy, Irene's spirit materializes around her daughters to help comfort them.
Style: twists and turns, emotional, humorous, psychological, touching, stylized, offbeat, tragicomedy, semi serious, visually appealing ...
Plot: loneliness, death, secret, ghost, village, family relations, haunted by the past, parents and children, life is a bitch, women, self discovery, uncover truth, memory, incest, singer, russian, disappearance, lust, family secret, arson, corpse, neighbor, homecoming, stabbing, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: madrid, spain, europe, barcelona, venezuela, houston texas, barcelona spain

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, semi serious and talky films with plots about dialogue, family relations, storytelling, pornography, relationships, dysfunctional family and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like To Return: Law of Desire (1987), The Celebration (1998), The Dressmaker (2015), August: Osage County (2013), Margot at the Wedding (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Law of Desire (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, stylized, talky ...
Plot: murder, love triangle, passion, family relations, obsession, love and romance, gender, romance, parents and children, memory loss, movie business, sibling relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: spain, europe, morocco, madrid
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The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: suspense, gloomy, dark humor, talky, stylized ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Almodóvar has described his fourth film as a homage to Italian Neorealism, although this tribute also involves jokes about paedophilia, prostitution, and a telekenetic child. The film, set in the towerblocks around Madrid, depicts female ...
Style: dark humor, stylized, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, writers, family relations, taxi driver, telekinesis, prostitute, addiction, sexual dysfunction, couples, family problems, sleeping ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, las vegas, madrid, germany ...
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The Dressmaker (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In 1950s Australia, beautiful, talented dressmaker Tilly returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town.
Style: enigmatic, romantic, melancholic, colourful, baroque ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women, dressmaker, fashion, accidental death, seamstress, memory, mother daughter relationship, accused of murder, exile, betrayal, murder mystery, cross dressing ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1951
Place: australia, new york, paris france, france, spain ...
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Pepa resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events.
Style: humorous, realistic, feel good, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: farce, suicide attempt, nervous breakdown, couple relations, track down, twists & turns, terrorist, adultery, male female relationship, female protagonist, frustration, sleeping pill ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, latin america
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August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
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70%
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed ...
Style: talky, cynical, humorous, semi serious, tragicomedy ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
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Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: feel good, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 112 min.
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Style: sentimental, serious, suspense, enigmatic, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Strange Relations (2001)
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Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: semi serious, emotional, touching, humorous, realistic
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Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, england, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Style: disturbing, realistic, semi serious, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, aspiring actor, satire, haunted by the past, profanity, mental illness, therapy, rehabilitation, obsession, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
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53%
 7.4
 29K
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Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: psychological, realistic, serious, intense, emotional ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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51%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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50%
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49%
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49%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
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48%
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Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 6.9
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Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: suspense, humorous, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, falling in love, fall in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
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47%