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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
 6.6
 12K
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the massive city of Tokyo, Kumiko, a twenty-nine year old, lives in utter solitude. She works a dreadful, dead-end job under an awful boss, is intimidated by her well-off peers, and nagged incessantly by her overbearing mother who is exasperated by the fact that her daughter is not married or even in a relationship. The only joys in her life come from a grainy VHS tape – an American film in which a man buries a satchel of money in the snowy Midwestern plains - and her beloved pet rabbit, Bunzo. Kumiko is somehow convinced that this treasure is real, and obsesses over its discovery. With a hand-stitched treasure map and a quixotic spirit, Kumiko embarks on an incredible journey over the Pacific and through the frozen Minnesota wilderness to uncover a purported fortune.
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, dark, melancholic, surreal, depressing, emotional, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: language barrier, treasure hunt, map, escapades, delusion, obsessive quest, mental illness, treasure, wilderness, female protagonist, character study, rabbit, obsession, self discovery, survival, alone in the world, bittersweet, happy ending, dysfunctional family, snow, japanese woman, hitchhiker, hare krishna, credit card fraud, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: minnesota, japan, usa, north dakota, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and touching films with plots about loneliness, runaway, storytelling, depression, friendship, obsession and mentor mostly in Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: Nobody Knows (2004), Interiors (1978), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Old Joy (2006), First Winter (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, depressing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, young kid, innocence lost, survival, responsibility, financial problem, journey, tragedy, brother brother relationship, malnutrition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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 7.3
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Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, family problems, parents and children, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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81%
 7.1
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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, owner dog relationship, hopes, life is a bitch, social problems, financial problem, down on your luck, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.8
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Old Joy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, talky ...
Plot: friendship, road trip, map, on the road, hopes, buddies, partners, couples, thirtysomething life, liberal, self discovery, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, europe, london, los angeles, usa ...
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70%
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 4.9
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First Winter (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: survival, isolation, human nature, confined, social relations, wilderness, party, innocence lost, menage a trois, yoga, male nudity, lesbian sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.3
 138
Missing Pieces (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A heartbroken man kidnaps two strangers in hopes they will fall in love.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, surreal, suspense ...
Plot: teenage love, redemption, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, youth, love and romance, breakup, wilderness, captivity, obsession, teen romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Winter in the Blood (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young, self-destructive Montana Blackfoot Indian, his mind groggy with alcohol and tormented by childhood memories, discovers that his wife has left him, taking with her his prize rifle. He sets out to find her, but what he's really searching ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: native american, self discovery, introspection, obsessive quest, hung over, on the road, twilight
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.4
 37K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, support group, suicide, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, loneliness, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
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59%
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Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A psychotherapist helps a law student cope with schizophrenia in one of five interconnected tales dealing with mental illness.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, family relations, family problems, human spirit, strong female presence, hopes, funeral, stand up comedian, rape, depressed woman, family dinner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: friendship, inspiration, introspection, mental illness, social misfits, estrangement, teacher, young heroes, hopes, daydreamer, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
It Felt Like Love (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer. She awkwardly wears a Kabuki-esque mask of sunscreen at the beach and plays third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend, and Chiara’s boyfriend, Patrick. Determined to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, coming of age, self discovery, best friends, youth, friendship, wooing, teenage girl, sexuality, unsupportive friend, sex scene, first sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 29K
Nell (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: feral child, isolation, self discovery, power relations, doctors and patients, wilderness, family, psychologist, innocence lost, mother daughter relationship, forest, mental illness ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 225
Glass Lips (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This dialog-free film, originally presented as 33 short films, is an experimental, bizarre set of meditations and flashbacks of the grotesque.
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, estrangement, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, dull life, doctors and patients, wrongfully committed, homecoming, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.4
 178K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: river, friendship, coming of age, first love, ex convict, bounty hunter, teenage boy, bittersweet, obsession, fugitives, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, usa, mississippi
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49%
 7.3
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Time Out (2001)
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: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, crimes, society, dishonesty, swindle, thief, husband wife relationship, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Not Waving But Drowning (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Not Waving But Drowning is a chronological look at growing up, formed from two different stories. The two sets of friends represent the American dilemma between what you have known and what you hope to know; the tear between longing for the past and ...
Style: realistic, psychological, touching, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, starting over, couples, society, friends, best friends
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: samurai, obsession, revenge, sword fight, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, haunted by the past, friendship, fall in love, gender bending, vengeance, actor's life ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.9
 12K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, cancer, tragedy, family relations, small town, family, relationships, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, survival, against humanity, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, human nature, self discovery, nazi, holocaust survivor, loan shark ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, obsession, law enforcement, family problems, delusion, family relations, mental illness, parents and children, crimes, psychopath, police investigation, crazy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, peru, usa, san diego california, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 9K
Krisha (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, touching, tragicomedy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, family problems, thanksgiving, addiction, friendship, family relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, mental illness, family, estranged son, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 17K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: road movie, sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, buddies, partners, bar fight, hitchhiker, train travel, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, denver colorado, usa, detroit, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.7
 84K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, bleak, depressing, serious ...
Plot: teacher, depression, teachers and students, suicide, dedicated educator, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Endless Night (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France, Bulgaria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Greenland, 1908. Josephine, self-confident and bold wife of famous Arctic explorer Robert Peary, embarks on a dangerous journey in pursuit of her husband who is seeking a route to the North Pole. But Josephine is also naïve and ignores warnings ...
Style: captivating, serious, psychological, tense, realistic ...
Plot: survival, adventure, wilderness, couples, escapades, forces of nature, north pole, friendship, strong female presence, couple relations, struggle for survival, love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Forgotten Kingdom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, South Africa, Lesotho
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young man reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father, and finds himself drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and the land he had forgotten.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching, stylized
Plot: village, self discovery, love and romance, orphan, estrangement, homecoming, bittersweet, estranged father, hiv, funeral, death of father, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Girl in the Park (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A mother, enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her three-year old daughter 15 years ago, has cut herself off from her ex-husband and son. However, when a troubled young woman with a checkered past enters her life, old psychic wounds ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, emotional, touching ...
Plot: missing person, obsession, haunted by the past, loss of daughter, isolation, social misfits, family relations, misfit, loss of child, female protagonist, memory loss, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.4
 142
Exit (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Several people think the city is a maze and they obsessively search for the exit.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: obsession, uncover truth, parallel world, mystery, maze, delusion, society, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, escapades, desperation, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 11K
The Swimmer (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the summer. He reappears at a friend's pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in ...
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: midlife crisis, swimming, nudist, swimmer, neighbor, social relations, unfulfillment, haunted by the past, suburbs, character study, life philosophy, obsessive quest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, gloomy, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: great depression, dancing, suicidal, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, social decay, crimes, reward, down on your luck, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, california, minneapolis minnesota, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%