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To Return (2006)
 7.6
 87K
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: stylized, emotional, tragicomedy, twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, offbeat, psychological, dramatic, colourful ...
Plot: death, village, ghost, secret, family life, rape, child abuse, abusive father, fire, superstition, return, loneliness, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, incest, homecoming, family secret, corpse, arson, singer, russian, lust, disappearance, stabbing, neighbor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: madrid, spain, europe, venezuela, houston texas, barcelona spain

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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, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: murder, prostitute, taxi driver, telekinesis, dysfunctional family, postmodernism, parents and children, addiction, housewife, hustler, illegal prostitution, wife husband relationship ...
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, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: suicide attempt, farce, airport, sleeping pill, nervous breakdown, postmodernism, couples, mentally unstable, terrorist, spectacle, track down, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, madrid, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, clever ...
Plot: murder, passion, gay, transsexual, gays and lesbians, love triangle, obsession, movie business, parents and children, gender, extramarital affair, sibling relationship ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, semi serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, secret, birthday, depression, child abuse, hotel, dysfunctional family, family secret, party, parents and children, child ...
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Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, secret, neighbor, jealousy, sister sister relationship, confession, family, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, sibling relationship, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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: sexual, sexy, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: transvestism, murder, singer, obsession, confession, postmodernism, gays and lesbians, cheating, parent child relationship, couple relations, romance, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.4
 26K
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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: serious, psychological, realistic, sexual, gloomy ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lust, adultery, infidelity, prostitute, bus, paraplegic, sexual relations, basketball, obsession, suicide, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, barcelona spain, sarajevo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, semi serious, realistic, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, mental illness, aspiring actor, therapy, actress, haunted by the past, actor's life, obsession, desire for fame, rehabilitation, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, jealousy, love triangle, destructive relationship, love, neo noir, filmmaking, vengeance, confession, secretary, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.5
 11K
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Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.9
 23K
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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, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, small town, teenager, confession, redemption, generation gap, life is a bitch, secret, uncontrollable ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 9K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 2K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Flower of My Secret (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 34K
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Style: realistic, clever, semi serious, sentimental, witty ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.1
 1K
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Duration: 101 min.
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: dark humor, disturbing, semi serious, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pedophile, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, family relations, crumbling marriage, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, family life, hopes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
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Style: semi serious, clever, realistic, gloomy, witty ...
Plot: suicide, dysfunctional family, high school, coming of age, family secret, crumbling marriage, drugs/alcohol, death in the family, suburbs, suicide mission, suburban life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 31K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: clever, realistic, talky, witty, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 4K
800 Bullets (2002)
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Country: Spain
Duration: 124 min.
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Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, surreal, funny ...
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Place: spain, europe, texas, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, man child, death of father, family, homecoming, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, death in the family, funeral, grieving, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%