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To Return (2006)
 7.6
 85K
To Return (2006)
Original name: Volver
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
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: stylized, emotional, tragicomedy, twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, offbeat, psychological, dramatic, colourful ...
Plot: death, village, ghost, secret, family life, haunted by the past, incest, abusive father, rape, child abuse, superstition, fire, return, loneliness, sexual abuse, homecoming, family secret, corpse, arson, singer, russian, lust, disappearance, stabbing, neighbor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: madrid, spain, europe, barcelona spain, houston texas, venezuela

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and enigmatic films with plots about storytelling, mentor, runaway, secrets, culture clash, female nudity and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like To Return: The Celebration (1998), Law of Desire (1987), Talk to Her (2002), Broken Embraces (2009), High Heels (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: murder, telekinesis, taxi driver, prostitute, dysfunctional family, postmodernism, parents and children, addiction, sadism, wife husband relationship, illegal prostitution, family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, witty, sexy, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: suicide attempt, farce, sleeping pill, airport, nervous breakdown, postmodernism, couples, mentally unstable, spectacle, terrorist, track down, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, madrid, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, clever, semi serious, gloomy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, secret, birthday, dysfunctional family, depression, hotel, child abuse, family secret, party, parents and children, lecture ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Law of Desire (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When porn director Pablo reluctantly breaks up with his boyfriend, Juan, he encourages him to stay in touch. Juan moves away to live in a lighthouse and eventually writes his ex, but in the interim Pablo has taken up a psychotic new lover, Antonio ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, humorous, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: murder, gay, gays and lesbians, passion, transsexual, love triangle, obsession, movie business, parents and children, gender, extramarital affair, sibling relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 95K
Talk to Her (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.
Style: psychological, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, hospital, rape, coma, suicide, couple relations, journalist, obsession, tragic love, sexual abuse, nurse, ballet ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, madrid, jordan, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Broken Embraces (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.
Style: clever, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, obsession, love triangle, jealousy, destructive relationship, love, neo noir, filmmaking, vengeance, confession, secretary, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: madrid, spain, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Almodovar's first film of life in Madrid during the punk era and not one for the squeamish. He covers everything from drugs and sexual violence, to female masochism.
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: friendship, police officer, rape, vengeance, couple relations, couples, fall in love, gays and lesbians, drug abuse, gender, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, spain, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 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: sexual, sexy, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: transvestism, murder, singer, obsession, confession, postmodernism, gays and lesbians, cheating, parent child relationship, couple relations, romance, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, mexico, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.
Style: sexy, sexual, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, kidnapping, strong sexual content, love and romance, prison, romance, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, inferiority complex, artists and showbiz, confined, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 25K
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: sexual, serious, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lust, adultery, sexual relations, infidelity, paraplegic, prostitute, bus, basketball, obsession, suicide, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, barcelona spain, kindergarten ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, tragicomedy, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jealousy, secret, neighbor, confession, family, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, family gatherings, family problems, family relations, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.1
 23K
Julieta (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The film spans 30 years in Julieta’s life from a nostalgic 1985 where everything seems hopeful, to 2015 where her life appears to be beyond repair and she is on the verge of madness.
Style: classic literature, melancholic, enigmatic, reflective, dramatic ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, childhood, guilt, death, loneliness, friendship, depression, hospital, autobiography, female friendship, single mother, secret ...
Time: 1990s, 2010s
Place: spain, galicia, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 50K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: stylized, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transvestism, transsexual, gender bending, teacher, priest, clergy, dangerous attraction, sexual identity, boarding school, gays and lesbians, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: dark humor, disturbing, cynical, biting, semi serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Common Wealth (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Julia finds 300 million pesetas hidden in a dead man's house while selling an apartment. She's a 40-ish real estate agent now forced to face the wrath of a very peculiar community (of neighbors), headed by an unscrupulous administrator. ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.9
 22K
Georgia Rule (2007)
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, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, california, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 134K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, psychological, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, orphan, haunted house, psychic, haunted by the past, supernatural, missing child, seance, death, paranormal activity, hallucinations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: emotional, touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, small town, siblings relations, homecoming, family relations, unfulfillment, life philosophy, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 2K
The Sea (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iceland, France, Norway
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Wealthy, aging patriarch Thordur assembles his scattered heirs in his remote Icelandic fishing village to discuss the future of the family fishery. But bringing everyone together unleashes a storm of long-repressed dark family secrets.
Style: bleak, talky, semi serious, dark humor, sexual ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, fisherman, parents and children, family business, ocean or sea, family gatherings, small town, family in crisis, small town life, family life, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iceland, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 11K
Ham Ham (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia becomes pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose ...
Style: sexual, sexy, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, sexuality, factory, farce, male model, symbolism, matador, passion, seduction, sensuality, drunkenness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 2K
Don't Tell (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy, UK, France, Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by step she remembers her childhood spent within a severe ...
Style: serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, incest, couples, gays and lesbians, introspection, self discovery, couple relations, infidelity, siblings relations, haunted by the past, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 31K
Keeping Mum (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA, Isle Of Man
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: golf, small town, infidelity, murder, dysfunctional family, village, extramarital affair, housekeeper, serial killer, promiscuity, clergy, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 9K
Belle Epoque (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Portugal, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 1931, a young soldier deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters, Fernando likes all of them and they like him, so he has to decide which one to ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: soldier, politics, marriage, desertion, lust, murder, party, jealousy, tango, lesbian, love triangle, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 4K
800 Bullets (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Western
Country: Spain
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt shows for minuscule audiences on the decaying set built for ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, surreal, funny ...
Plot: mischievous children, prostitute, parents and children, crimes, friends, actor's life, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, desert, drinking, death, drugs ...
Place: spain, europe, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
All About My Mother (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.
Style: emotional, stylized, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: transvestism, prostitute, transsexual, birthday, lesbian, aids, actress, transplant, nun, redemption, friendship, autograph ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: spain, madrid, barcelona spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 14K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: murder, newspaper, investigation, missing person, vandalism, uncover truth, sexual abuse, dishonesty, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, fire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries ...
Style: talky, witty, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: dying, professor, cancer, friendship, illness, university, money, friend, estrangement, terminal illness, heroin, radical ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, middle ages
Place: canada, quebec, athens greece, chile, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Flower of My Secret (1995)
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, realistic, tense ...
Plot: old woman, obsession, suicide attempt, postmodernism, romance, writer's life, self discovery, novelist, parent child relationship, infidelity, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The life you love may be your own.... The wife of a much older man finds herself attracted to their neighbour's son, who is closer to her age.
Style: emotional, offbeat, touching, semi serious, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: starting over, self discovery, age difference, family life, family problems, love affair, marriage, parents and children, haunted by the past, love and romance, neighbor, publisher ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, emotional, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, death in the family, childhood, murder, sexual abuse, innocence lost, loss of child, loss of loved one, vigilantism, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%