Movies like What Is It?

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What Is It? (2005)
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What Is It? (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: What Is It? is the name of a 2005 experimental film written, starring, funded and directed by Crispin Glover. As of 2008, the film has only been shown at independent theaters, typically accompanied by a question and answer session, slideshow and meet-and-greet/autograph signing with Glover.
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, avant garde, dark humor, offbeat, realistic, experimental, underground film
Plot: down syndrome, obsession, mental illness, society, social misfits, surrealism, controversy, snail, strong sexual content, misfit, racism, against the rules, getting home, figment, experiment, vengeance, nazi, female nudity, handicapped, masturbation, male nudity, murder, killing an animal, unsimulated sex, bare breasts ...

Most similar movies to What Is It?

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, atmospheric and psychological films with plots about society, misfit, social misfits, life is a bitch, obsession, mental illness and introspection mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like What Is It?: Something in the Way (2013), Helen (2008), The Memory Thief (2007), The Man Who Sleeps (1974), Violent Blue (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Something in the Way (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ahmad, a porn obsessed taxi driver from Jakarta, falls for the beautiful young prostitute Kinar and struggles with sexual frustration and misguided piety.
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, obsession, social misfits, dull life, misfit, society, strong sexual content, urban, religions or cults, unfulfillment, taxi
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, indonesia
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Helen (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to 'play' Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Joy had ...
Style: psychological, realistic, atmospheric, touching, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, hidden identity, crimes, society, obsession, haunted by the past, mental illness, missing girl, police investigation, impersonation, teenager, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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72%
The Memory Thief (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles tollbooth clerk becomes obsessed with the Holocaust after meeting a survivor.
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: holocaust, mental illness, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, obsession, dull life, human nature, friendship, parents and children, anti semitism, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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70%
It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Tells the story of Paul (Steven C. Stewart), a man suffering from Cerebal Palsy, who spends his days wasting away in a nursing home. To pass his time, he fantasizes about the man he should be despite his twisted body. People are able to understand ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, experimental, sexual ...
Plot: disability, introspection, love affair, couples, dangerous attraction, sexual abuse, human spirit, sexual relations, voyeurism, hopes, writer's life, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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The Man Who Sleeps (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Tunisia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In this French tour-de-force a young student decides to have no more interaction with the world than is needed to minimally sustain life. His increasingly automaton-like behavior is coupled with a strange clarity of insight about the world around ...
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, no dialogue, nihilism, surrealism, existentialism, sleeping, hopes, social misfits, urban, society, unfulfillment, cause and meaning ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
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62%
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Violent Blue (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Katarina is a music teacher obsessed with an unfinished symphony. She worries about her brother, Ondrej an introverted inventor whose financiers are reputedly shady and dangerous. Then one day, her ex-husband Pietro shows up in her house and locks ...
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: obsession, murder, dishonesty, sexual relations, losing-it hero, captivity, confined, danger, mute or deaf, misfit, social misfits, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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60%
The Sea Is Behind (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Morocco, France, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Tarik lives in a land without colour, a land where water is contaminated by a strange phenomenon of “water bugs”. Tarik wears make-up and dresses up as a woman. He dances on a cart that is drawn by a dying horse and his father has practically ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: performer's life, social misfits, transvestism, family relations, society, gays and lesbians, family in crisis, misfit, gender, bittersweet
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco
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59%
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L'Immortelle (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Turkey
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly passionate relationship she disappears. The sad man is unable to ...
Style: psychological, offbeat, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: obsession, oneiric, dealing with death, love and romance, mysterious character, mystery, femme fatale, new wave, love affair, power relations, driving, surrealism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: middle east, istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Charlie's Country (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Blackfella Charlie is getting older, and he's out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't generally make much sense, and Charlie's ...
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: racism, introspection, against the rules, society, culture clash, wilderness, social misfits, elderly, escapades, aborigine, semi autobiographical, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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52%
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Nancy, Please (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: NANCY, PLEASE tells the story of Paul Brawley, a gifted PhD candidate at Yale University. Paul has just moved into an apartment with his pragmatic girlfriend, Jen, and is struggling to complete his dissertation before embarking on a career in ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, dark humor ...
Plot: university, roommate, obsession, thesis, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, book, college, career, moving, society, student life, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself when an unidentified automobile suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait dangling in front of him, ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, offbeat
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family relations, misfit, mentally challenged, social misfits, small town, death of mother, con artists, mother son relationship, clergy, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: minnesota, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, wisconsin
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48%
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FAQs (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After living on the tough streets of LA for a while, India hopes that every gay basher will meet his destiny. In this case Destiny is a black, 6 foot, high heel wearing, gun toting, drag queen with an attitude and a soft place in her heart for ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, talky, sexual ...
Plot: social misfits, social relations, love and romance, society, best friends, misfit, lgbt, gay bashing, sexual content, profanity, friends, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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3:13 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: From living a normal life to surviving homelessness in the city of Miami, Peter is a victim of the turbulent U.S. recession during late 2000's. A drama based on true events.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: life is a bitch, life turned upside down, family relations, society, social misfits, unemployment, misfit, family problems, homelessness, character change, unfulfillment, disorder
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: miami, usa, florida
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43%
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Phobidilia (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After suffering an emotional breakdown in a public place, a young man vows to quit the chaotic city life and never leave his apartment. He quickly discovers that in todays world all his needs can be easily met: sexual satisfaction via the internet, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: losing-it hero, opposites attract, confined, impossible love, mental illness, isolation, couples, estrangement, misfit, love and romance, society, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, life is a bitch, estrangement, haunted by the past, homecoming, dysfunctional family, wrongfully committed, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, dull life, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, misfit, estrangement, crimes, drug dealing, social misfits, society, overdose, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: family relations, parents and children, society, hopes, immigrants, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, countryside, poverty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Harmony Lessons (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kazakhstan, Germany, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: During a medical examination, 13-year-old Aslan is humiliated in front of a load of his fellow pupils. The incident unleashes his latent personality disorder. Plagued by self-doubt, he strives for cleanliness and perfection and is obsessed with ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, disturbing, gloomy
Plot: school, social misfits, youth, misfit, life is a bitch, village, vengeance, child murder, humiliation, boy, teenage boy, youth gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kazakhstan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Cold Water of the Sea (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Costa Rica, France, Spain, Netherlands, Mexico
Duration: 83 min.
Story: On New Year's holidays, Mariana (21) and Rodrigo (30) drive to the coast where he has to sell a property. There, they find Karina (7), late at night and in the middle of nowhere. She tells then she ran away from home.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: mysterious character, couple relations, introspection, social differences, obsession, lifestyle, society, little girl, beach, twentysomething life, ocean or sea, female director ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: costa rica, latin america
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39%
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Steppenwolf (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, France, Italy, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and being a beast. He's decided to die on his 50th birthday, ...
Style: realistic, serious, experimental, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: unfulfillment, split personality, redemption, couple relations, introspection, midlife crisis, jazz, mental illness, mysticism, spirituality, buddhism, female nudity ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Almayer's Folly (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, obsession, tragic hero, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, family relations, racism, hopes, ambition, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: obsession, uncover truth, parallel world, mystery, maze, delusion, society, psychological drama, life is a bitch, urban, escapades, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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38%
Just the Wind (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Drawing inspiration from the death-squad murders of several Gypsy families in Hungary in 2008, director Bence Fliegauf's chilling and unforgettable real-life horror story follows a family whose dreams of emigration and escape are suddenly, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: racism, family in danger, social decay, realism, danger, life is a bitch, family life, social misfits, murder, society, village, secret place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
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37%
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Asshole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Gandu hates his life. He hates his mother. Gandu raps out his hate, anger, dirt and filth of his existence. He and his rickshawpuller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, surreal and bizarre come together. Can ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, surreal, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: depression, strong sexual content, rapper, escape from reality, friends, drug abuse, friendship, human nature, redemption, profanity, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Famous and the Dead (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a small town in the countryside in the south of Brazil, a teenager that uses the codename Mr. Tambourine Man spends his time in Internet, at school, smoking pot with his best friend Diego and with his dysfunctional mother. He dreams on leaving ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, captivating, tense ...
Plot: teenage life, introspection, escape from reality, youth, life is a bitch, hopes, society, love and romance, teenage love, social decay, small town, misfit ...
Place: brazil, latin america
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35%
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Watchtower (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Haunted by his dark past, a man takes a job as a fire warden in a remote tower in the wilderness, and is inexorably drawn towards a young woman with a terrible secret of her own. (TIFF)
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, human nature, disorder, misfit, in the woods, confined, social misfits, introspection, isolation, loneliness, society, family tradition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Wild Ones (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Five juvenile delinquents break out of jail and attempt to make their way to a house in the Mendoza foothills of Argentina.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
Plot: survival, getting home, youth, society, hopes, juvenile delinquency, escapades, social decay, human nature, wilderness, disintegration, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina
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35%
 6.0
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White Rabbit (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A bullied student sees visions of a rabbit he was forced to kill as a child, and those visions propel him into a state where his imagination causes him to carry out violent acts.
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, dark, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, high school, kids in trouble, rabbit, rebelliousness, friendship, life is a bitch, society, violence, bullying, vengeance, imagination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Stories of Our Lives (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kenya, South Africa
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Created by the members of a Nairobi-based arts collective — who have removed their names from the film for fear of reprisal — this anthology film that dramatizes true-life stories from Kenya’s oppressed LGBTQ community is both a labour of love ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, stylized, contemplative
Plot: life is a bitch, society, discrimination, social misfits, lgbt, misfit, gays and lesbians, gender, vignette
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kenya, africa
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34%
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 ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, dark, melancholic ...
Plot: language barrier, treasure hunt, map, delusion, escapades, obsessive quest, mental illness, treasure, wilderness, female protagonist, character study, rabbit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%