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The Masseur (2005)
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The Masseur (2005)
Original name: Masahista
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Following the death of his father and a chance meeting with an abusive romance novelist, a masseur working in a gay massage parlor struggles to make sense of his unfulfilling relationships while simultaneously assisting his mother in preparing his father for burial. Twenty-year-old Iliac may not be the best masseur in the parlor, but when he catches the eye of a cold and calculating romance novelist looking for a cheap thrill, the icy indifference displayed by his paying lover does little more to warm the spirits than his sexually charged but emotionally distant girlfriend. Despite the resentment Iliac feels towards his late father for abandoning the family and embarking on a suicidal alcohol binge, the lovelorn youth nevertheless makes the journey home to be there for his grieving mother in her time of need.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: masseur, gay, male prostitute, prostitute, death of father, dysfunctional family, survival, parents and children, family life, self discovery, family problems, massage parlor, fall in love, sexual relations, coming out, lgbt, gays and lesbians, male nudity, gay for pay, alcohol abuse, family relations, love and romance, adoption, couples, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, love and romance, dysfunctional family, couples and family life mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Masseur: Macho Dancer (1988), Unspoken Passion (2008), Service (2008), Doubt (2003), Night Has Settled (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A 12-year-old gay who comes from a criminal family falls in love with a handsome policeman.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: gay, teenage life, man boy relationship, youth, gays and lesbians, lgbt, friendship, rich and poor, boy, lgbt child, teenage love, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: manila philippines, the philippines
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100%
 6.5
 421
Macho Dancer (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A former American soldier becomes an exotic dancer and male prostitute in Manila.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, erotic, sexual ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gay, male prostitution, lgbt, prostitute, police corruption, couples, society, life is a bitch, crimes, love and romance, drug dealing ...
Time: 80s
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Unspoken Passion (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sikil tells the story of two men and a woman who are involved in a bizarre love triangle. These three friends grew up in a small town south of Manila. Enzo is a young closet gay prostitute who's obsessed with his childhood friend who happens to ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: gay, love triangle, childhood friend, love and romance, prostitute, mystery, best friends, life is a bitch, couples, sexual relations, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
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Service (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Philippines, France, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A struggling family (Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Coco Martin) owns a Filipino porn theater where prostitutes conduct their business.
Style: sexy, serious, emotional, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: erection, unsimulated sex, gay, nudity (full frontal - brief), family relations, unwanted pregnancy, family business, family problems, couples, estrangement, realism, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 4.8
 105
Doubt (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A gaggle of friends and observers ponder the fate of a relationship as they watch it collapse in this independent drama from the Philippines. Cris (Andoy Ranay) is a documentary filmmaker with a well-regarded body of work and a large community of ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: breakup, love affair, couples, gender, bittersweet, fall in love, sexual relations, trust, love, gays and lesbians, deception, friendship ...
Time: 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Night Has Settled (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of his housekeeper (and only true maternal figure), a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sexy, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, youth, nanny, stroke, dysfunctional family, society, survival, betrayal, parents and children, family life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1983
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Best Day of My Life (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Best Day of My Life is the story of a dysfunctional family as seen through the eyes of young Chiara (Maria Luisa De Crescenzo) who is about to receive her first communion. The family includes matriarch Irene (Virna Lisi) and her three grown up ...
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, gay, love and romance, family problems, couples, youth, society, religions or cults, marital discord, gays and lesbians, male female relationship, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Sex & the Single Mom (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jess Gradwell and her teenage daughter boast a superclose relationship. When it comes to sex, however, Mom won't stand for anything less than premarital celibacy. So she gets a pretty healthy dose of her own medicine when she winds up getting ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sexy ...
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, moral dilemma, teenage life, family problems, lifestyle, youth, love and romance, society, parents and children, family life, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.2
 2K
Beauty (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, France, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Tells the story of François van Heerden, a mid-40s, white, Afrikaans-speaking family man living in Bloemfontein, who has become devoid of any care or concern for his own measure of happiness, and so convinced of his ill-fated existence, that he is ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, erotic ...
Plot: gay, gay sex, gays and lesbians, lgbt, life turned upside down, self discovery, family life, disorder, parents and children, gay interest, gay husband, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cape town south africa, south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 3K
Making Love (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A perfect typical LA couple find their happily-ever-after life broken when Zach confronts his long-repressed attraction for other men.
Style: sexy, talky, realistic, semi serious, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay husband, infidelity, gay interest, lgbtq, coming out, gays and lesbians, love triangle, extramarital affair, gay bar, first gay sexual experience ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 435
Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: family relations, gang, homecoming, family problems, aging, youth, single parent, crimes, immigrants, going straight, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.6
 249
Twelve Thirty (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: TWELVE THIRTY is drama about a family with adult children that is broken, and a self-centered young man who, in the span of a week, becomes entangled in each of their lives, wreaking havoc in the process.
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, erotic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sex scene, family relations, love triangle, family problems, couples, gender, parents and children, sexual relations, loneliness, gay, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Staple of News (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, bleak
Plot: family life, love affair, family problems, single parent, coming of age, fall in love, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, siblings relations, working class, girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s, 90s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.5
 431
Treading Water (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Casey (Angela Redman) has rejected her privileged upbringing and restores old boats for a living. She lives a cozy life with her beautiful social worker girlfriend Alex (super sexy Nina Landey) until her stuffy family demands that she come home for ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, talky ...
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, coming out, eccentric family, family gatherings, fish out of water, culture clash, human nature, rehabilitation, family in crisis, family problems, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.7
 682
Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family life, homecoming, estrangement, under the surface, parents and children, family gatherings, strong female presence, siblings relations, family problems, nudity (full frontal - brief), dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.2
 221
Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: youth, mentally challenged, countryside, wooing, dysfunctional family, self discovery, prank, hopes, family problems, couples, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 767
Stay (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman finds out she's pregnant and returns home when the expected father wants nothing to do with her.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: pregnancy, parents and children, family life, unsupportive spouse, single parent, homecoming, family relations, love, older man younger woman relationship, women, family problems, troubled relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.4
 166
Crackie (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Life on the Rock never seemed easy, but for Mitsy it is especially rough. The teenager has been abandoned by her mother, a particularly unfit parent prone to both the bottle and the sex trade. She is left to be brought up by her mercurial ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, family relations, estrangement, single parent, youth, prostitute, small town life, grandmother granddaughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The God of Wood (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Yao (Madi Diocou) and Moroccan Rachid (Soufiane Ouaarab) arrive illegally in Valencia, Spain, and separate. Yao sells pirated DVDs in the street and wanders disconsolately around the barrio until he glimpses divorcee Maria Luisa (Marisa Paredes) ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, love and romance, culture clash, gender, fall in love, family relations, society, lifestyle, parents and children, gays and lesbians, sexuality, gay interest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Charms for the Easy Life (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, small town life, family relations, family life, fall in love, homecoming, social relations, family problems, couples, estrangement, healing power, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 460
Amy & Isabelle (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1971, in the small town of Shirley Falls, in Maine, the odd and lonely secretary Isabelle Goodrow raises her teenager daughter Amy alone. She has only two friends in her job among her gossiper colleagues. When her overprotected daughter is ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, disgraced, single parent, family problems, youth, friendship, dysfunctional family, human nature, love and romance, family life, isolation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
What Makes a Family (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brooke Shields believes she has finally found happiness, now that she and her lesbian partner (Cherry Jones) have a child. But when Jones passes away five years later and her scheming parents apply for custody behind Shields' back, an affecting ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sexy, uplifting ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, coming out, terminal illness, custody, lesbian mother, lesbian, pregnancy, family problems, adoption, family life, breakup, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 2K
Ritual (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A disillusioned filmmaker has an encounter with a young girl who has a ritual of repeating "Tomorrow is my birthday" everyday. He tries to communicate with her through his video camera.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, family problems, parents and children, alienation, mental disorder, siblings relations, college dropout, alcohol abuse, gender, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, family problems, best friends, dysfunctional family, tragic love, homecoming, couples, life is a bitch, orphan, hopes, single parent, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.6
 199
Family Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Frédérick, the patriarch of the Alsatian Muller family, is conspicuously absent from his son Charles' funeral, Frédérick's surviving son and his granddaughter, raw from their loss, await an explanation. Once revealed, ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: deportation, family relations, coming out, aging, hopes, family problems, introspection, haunted by the past, bittersweet, gender, elderly, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 73
The Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young man stands in front of a mirror. The night belongs to him. Every evening, he appraises his appearance, attired in a new shirt, leaves his apartment and waits in a poorly lit alleyway for his johns. One night he meets a female prostitute of ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense
Plot: society, gays and lesbians, prostitute, unlikely couple, social misfits, love and romance, gender, love triangle, sexual relations, fall in love, one night stand, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 41
Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: family relations, elderly, dysfunctional family, society, golden years, parents and children, family problems, immigrants, jewish
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 214
Istanbul (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Housewife Katalin Munk (Johanna ter Steege) has her world torn apart when her lecturer husband János (Andor Lukáts) arrives home to tell her that he’s leaving her for a younger student of his. Katalin falls into a state of shock and wanders ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: life turned upside down, love affair, self discovery, escape, romance, love and romance, breakup, family problems, family relations, couples, infidelity, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: budapest, istanbul turkey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks solace in the garage, building a super racing car. Her ...
Style: sexy, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, coming of age, elderly lovers, youth, family life, estrangement, couples, family problems, love and romance, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 893
Harmful Insect (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sachiko is about to encounter the most difficult moments in her young life. Her father abandons her and her mother attempts to commit suicide by slashing her wrist. Her teacher, whom she relies on heavily, leaves for northern Japan to ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, life is a bitch, youth, kids in trouble, family problems, uncontrollable, parents and children, school, teen angst, alienation, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%