Movies like In Custody

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In Custody (1994)
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In Custody (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ismail Merchant's feature directorial debut addresses a subject close to his heart: the expressive Urdu language of Northern India, in danger of extinction as political trends and modernization obscure its contributions to Indian culture. Merchant 's treatment is wry and good humored , as his characters - an aging Urdu poet (Shashi Kapoor) and a worshipful young college lecturer - clash despite their shared passion for the beauty of words. Anita Desai adapted her novel with Shahrukh Husain, incorporating poems by Urdu author Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The movie won the President of India Gold Medal for Best Picture in 1994.(http://www.merchantivory.com/custody.html)
Style: humorous, clever, biting, suspense, realistic, contemplative, semi serious, surprise ending
Plot: poetry, tradition, writer's life, alcohol abuse, artists and showbiz, society, culture clash, unfulfillment, progress, teacher, money, college, friendship, poet, professor, ex husband ex wife relationship, drunkenness, interview, plagiarism, hindu, travel, frustration, small town, idealism, second wife ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: india

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and clever films with plots about society, friendship, artists and showbiz, satire, unfulfillment, friends and husband wife relationship mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like In Custody: East Is East (1999), The Mystic Masseur (2001), The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum (1997), The Vagina Monologues (2002), Bollywood Calling (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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East Is East (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and ...
Style: realistic, humorous, witty, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: culture clash, tradition, family relations, muslim, islam, arranged marriage, family problems, bittersweet, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: england, europe, northern england, london, israel
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The Mystic Masseur (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, India, Trinidad and Tobago, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Circa 1940 in Trinidad, still a British Colony, lives Ganesh Ramseyor, of East Indian origin, along with his wife, Leela. He longs to reach out to people, especially to Hindus, in order to promote the Hindu Faith, and be known as a writer. He does ...
Style: touching, serious, talky, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: politics, miraculous event, ambition, writer's life, love and romance, rise and fall, rise to the top, love affair, friendship, celebrity culture, husband wife relationship, village ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 1950s
Place: latin america, india, oxford university, canada
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The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Balding advertising executive Mr. Baum spends more time on a new ad campaign for purple sunglasses than he does with his own family. But suddenly he is forced to reexamine his life after a doctor tells him that he has an 'aggressive' brain ...
Style: clever, humorous, contemplative, suspense, cynical ...
Plot: family life, terminal illness, introspection, satire, dark humor, family relations, dull life, race against time, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, dealing with death
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: israel
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84%
The Vagina Monologues (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: This controversial work, created and performed by Eve Ensler, debuted off-off-Broadway in 1996 and soon rode a wave of national acclaim. Now, the intimacy of Ensler's original show has been lovingly brought to the screen. Capturing her unique ...
Style: semi serious, thought provoking, contemplative, suspense, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual dysfunction, introspection, society, gender, artists and showbiz, battle of the sexes, couples, satire, feminism, profanity, sexual relations, performer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Bollywood Calling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: India
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An alcoholic, cancer-ridden American film-maker decides to produce a Bollywood movie.
Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, humorous, parody
Plot: filmmaking, actor's life, culture clash, fish out of water, showbiz, society, misfit, bollywood, love, film industry, artists and showbiz, unemployment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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American Desi (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, India
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a fun-loving romantic comedy reminiscent of the great teen films of the 80's.From Kris, an All-American boy from India, to Ajay, an Afro-Centric Hindu homeboy, to Farah, a devoutly religious but modern Muslim girl, 'American ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
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Plot: culture clash, college, friendship, tradition, roommate, love and romance, buddies, college life, youth, society, culture, indian american ...
Time: contemporary
Place: india
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A Deal Is a Deal (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A London tube driver considers pursuing a third fatal accident to collect a huge payout.
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, cons and scams, teenage life, crimes, writer's life, dark humor, friends, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship, unfulfillment, euthanasia ...
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Tomorrow's Another Day (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Such an inconsequential event - the unfortunate purchase of a package of cling film - reveals the character and behavior of a small group of individuals caught up in the chaos of today's society. Though it creates arguments and inner ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever, offbeat
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Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Terrace (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Drama about the difficulties of a group of people trying to change their lives. A group of people gathers in a terrace in Rome . Some are friends, some know each other and others just meet for the first time. All are intellectual and belong to the ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, satire, couples, friends, infidelity, love affair, political intrigue, artists and showbiz, society, dishonesty, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
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Posthumous Memories (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Portugal, Brazil
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: contemplative, suspense, surreal, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, love and romance, society, fall in love, wooing, satire, unfulfillment, nudity (full frontal - brief), horse drawn carriage, coffin
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India, UK
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: clever, stylized, humorous, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: voyeurism, siblings relations, celebrity culture, bank, media satire, friendship, manipulation, performer's life, breakup, friends, couples, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, england, london
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The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: suspense, biting, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: satire, small town, small town life, society, politics, opposites attract, social relations, couples, journalism, castle, social issues, interview ...
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Duration: 105 min.
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Style: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, funny ...
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Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: talky, witty, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
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61%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 80 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 95 min.
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58%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 98 min.
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57%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Italy, Switzerland
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Story: "Smoking" and "No Smoking" are two segments of the film which are based on closely connected plays. The original plays covered eight separate stories, which have been pared down to three each for these movies. At a certain point ...
Style: clever, humorous, offbeat, suspense, semi serious ...
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57%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: realistic, semi serious, talky, clever, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, alcohol abuse, college, poet, college life, fall in love, bittersweet, writer's life, love and romance, unfulfillment, womanizer, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa
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56%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Grady (Michael Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award winning "Great American Novel" 7 years ago. This weekend proves even worse than he could imagine as he ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, divorce, professor, writers, adultery, dog, college, alienation, university, marijuana, friends, coming of age ...
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The Dinner (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single -- to dine, converse, argue, celebrate, make ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, biting, talky, clever ...
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55%
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West Is West (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Comedy sequel to "East is East". Manchester, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional, Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is ...
Style: feel good, touching, witty, humorous, sentimental ...
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Face the Music (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic
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The Late Shift (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
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