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To Return (2006)
 7.6
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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: humorous, psychological, twists and turns, touching, emotional, stylized, offbeat, tragicomedy, semi serious, dramatic ...
Plot: death, secret, village, ghost, haunted by the past, loneliness, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, self discovery, uncover truth, memory, incest, women, singer, russian, disappearance, lust, family secret, arson, corpse, neighbor, homecoming, stabbing, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: madrid, spain, europe, 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 dysfunctional family, dialogue, culture clash, storytelling, family relations, relationships and runaway mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like To Return: Law of Desire (1987), The Celebration (1998), Margot at the Wedding (2007), High Heels (1991), Maps to the Stars (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Law of Desire (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: surreal, dark humor, clever, semi serious, humorous ...
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Time: 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: stylized, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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, feel good, realistic, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide attempt, farce, nervous breakdown, track down, couple relations, terrorist, adultery, male female relationship, frustration, female protagonist, airport, sleeping pill ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: dark humor, talky, stylized, emotional, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, secret, birthday, hotel, depression, child abuse, family secret, party, dysfunctional family, death in the family, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: talky, cynical, tragicomedy, realistic, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, confession, neighbor, secret, jealousy, sister sister relationship, eccentric family, wedding preparations and rituals, under the surface, family relations, family problems, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 12K
High Heels (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: High Heels is a murder mystery comedy centering on flamboyant actress Becky del Paramo and her daughter Rebecca, a television anchorwoman. After being estranged for 15 years, Becky re-enters Rebecca's life when she comes to perform a concert. ...
Style: sexy, sexual, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: transvestism, murder, confession, singer, obsession, crimes, love and romance, haunted by the past, tv show, gender, family relations, postmodernism ...
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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, haunted by the past, mental illness, therapy, aspiring actor, obsession, parents and children, desire for fame, actor's life, family problems, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A single mother and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy. In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school the mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, feel good, semi serious, witty ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Georgia Rule follows a rebellious, uncontrollable teenager who is hauled off by her dysfunctional mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding ...
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious, melancholic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, emotional, sentimental ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Broken Embraces (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: clever, stylized, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 11K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Style: semi serious, bleak, clever, humorous, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Country: Spain, France
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Country: Spain
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30%
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Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: clever, psychological, touching, tense, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Vicious Kind (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sincere, sentimental ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Duration: 103 min.
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29%
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
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Duration: 101 min.
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Style: sexy, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Pieces of April (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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