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Maborosi (1995)
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Maborosi (1995)
Original name: 幻の光
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, reflective, meditative, enigmatic, melancholic, light, colourful ...
Plot: suicide, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, crimes, youth, investigation, couple relations, love and romance, village life, hopes, babies and infants, family problems, museum, haunted by the past, couples, death in the family, dealing with death, introspection, social relations, bereavement, seaside town, death, drinking, memory ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, italy, venice, asia, europe, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and reflective films with plots about loneliness, runaway, catastrophe, death, culture clash, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Maborosi: The Eel (1997), Café Lumière (2003), Mouchette (1967), Japan (2002), The Dead (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, offbeat, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, murder, village, ufo, infidelity, obsession, hopes, couple relations, crimes, village life, couples, pets ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
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Café Lumière (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Taiwan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Making her way through life by forming superficial relationships, Yoko (Japanese pop idol Yo Hitoto) keeps everyone at arm's length, whether it's her father (Nanji Kobayashi) and stepmother (Kimiko Yo) or Hajime (Tadanobu Asano), the owner ...
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Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: small town, drowning, suicide, poacher, alibi, humiliation, coming of age, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, kids in trouble, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
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Japan (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although only a few words are spoken, love grows.
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Plot: countryside, village, solitude, human nature, social relations, couples, unlikely couple, village life, golden years, sexual relations, love and romance, male nudity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
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The Dead (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA, West Germany
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An all-Irish cast (including Donal McCann, Rachael Dowling and Colm Meaney) lends authenticity and gravitas to director John Huston's final film, an elegiac take on a short story by James Joyce (from The Dubliners). After a convivial holiday ...
Style: realistic, psychological, gloomy, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, politics, dinner party, reunion, self discovery, friends, family in crisis, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, couples, family problems ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, london
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Tony Takitani (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling. Used to being ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, shopping, jazz, solitude, clothes, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, dealing with death, unfulfillment, fall in love ...
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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his ...
Style: bleak, emotional, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
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Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, british columbia
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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59%
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The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, redemption, loss of child, dealing with death, parents and children, hopes, family in crisis, death in the family, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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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, realistic, offbeat, psychological ...
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Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
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Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: suicide, faith, pastor, winter, priest, isolation, small town, nuclear, clergy, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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Eureka (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 217 min.
Story: In Kyushu, southwest Japan, one hot summer morning, a municipal bus is hijacked. In the carnage only three people survive: the driver, a school girl, and her older brother.
Style: psychological, bleak, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: bus, hijacking, road trip, murder, serial killer, bus driver, brother sister relationship, redemption, family relations, deadly, survival, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
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The Winter Guest (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Not Yet (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, meditative ...
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Flower of My Secret (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
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Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
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Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
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Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, sincere ...
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51%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, psychological, atmospheric, serious
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Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
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Place: nebraska, usa, europe, england
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
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Place: japan, tokyo, asia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Love & Pop (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pretty Tokyo teen Hiromi Yoshii (Asumi Miwa) and her girlfriends struggle with rivalries, clothes and boyfriends, just like any other high school clique. But out for kicks and blind to the consequences, the girls of Love & Pop hide a dirty ...
Style: realistic, serious, witty, offbeat, sexual
Plot: society, prostitute, looking for sex, street kid, looking for love, teenage life, social decay, youth, teenage girl, knitting, schoolgirl, prostitution ...
Time: 90s
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The Browning Version (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: touching, talky, psychological, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: boarding school, infidelity, love affair, couples, dishonesty, boarding school life, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, teachers and students, power relations, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
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50%
Secrets of the Heart (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Javi and his friend Carlos visit an old house on the outskirts of a small Spanish village. According to his brother Juan this is a haunted house and one can hear the voices of the dead. Later he is intrigued with a room which is always closed (the ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sincere, serious
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Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: europe, spain
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50%
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Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. Widowed musician Andreas decides to get back in touch with his one great love, Claire, who is still married to her ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, love affair, couples, family problems, dishonesty, love and romance, crumbling marriage, golden years, couple relations, unfulfillment, lovers reunited ...
Time: 90s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: melbourne australia, belgium, adelaide south australia, australia
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50%