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On Top of the Whale (1982)
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On Top of the Whale (1982)
Original name: Het dak van de Walvis
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying language. That language apparently consists of a single word, which therefore means everything.
Plot: linguist, language, anthropologist, indigenous people, anthropology, oneiric
Place: south america, patagonia

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The Arrival of Joachim Stiller (1976)
Genre: Mystery
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 120 min.
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Plot: female nudity, sex
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The Amazing Transplant (1970)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 66 min.
Story: Exploitation auteur Doris Wishman (Bad Girls Go to Hell) provides the most over-the-top entertainment of her career with this film about a nice guy who turns murderous after undergoing a penis transplant. As it turns out, the well-endowed donor was ...
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An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World (1997)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 154 min.
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Life Is a Dream (1986)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A baroque mix of revolutionary politics, pop culture and semiotics loosely based on the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. A young prince learns that life is just a dream from which we wake when we die. And that dreams may be as real as life.
Style: baroque
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Treasure Island (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Take a son and make sure he dreams; wake him up and start telling him a story. Rock him with your most beautiful voice, lower and lower, until he goes back to sleep but still listening, subliminally. Now, he must be dreaming, but completing the ...
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La Telenovela Errante (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile
Duration: 80 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: allegory
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Country: USA, Ireland, Netherlands
Duration: 75 min.
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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island of pirates and encounters a man with multiple personalities.
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Spellcaster (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
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Duration: 78 min.
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Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.
Style: psychotronic, disturbing, captivating, serious, semi autobiographical
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Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Czechoslovakia
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Country: West Germany, Austria, USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Family, Mystery, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: semi serious
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