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The Motel Life (2012)
 5.9
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The Motel Life (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Style: psychological, realistic, rough, serious, road movie, bleak, mumblecore, adult animation
Plot: on the run, family relations, working class, introspection, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family problems, social misfits, life turned upside down, hit and run, sibling relationship, teenage boy, father son relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, motel, mother son relationship, misfit, society, running, sex, shark, dog, airplane, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, realistic and psychological films with plots about society, violence, death, brutality, storytelling, life is a bitch and surrealism mostly in Animation, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Motel Life: A Scanner Darkly (2006), The King of Pigs (2011), Princess (2006), Glitch in the Grid (2011), Waltz with Bashir (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: drug abuse, losing-it hero, addiction, undercover, neo noir, disorder, society, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The King of Pigs (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After his business goes bankrupt, 30 something Kyeong-Min kills his wife impulsively. Hiding his anger, he seeks out his former middle school classmate Jong-Seok. Jong-Seok now works as a ghostwriter for an autobiography, but he dreams of writing ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, stylized
Plot: haunted by the past, bully, high school, human nature, teenage life, society, youth, life is a bitch, bullying, class differences, reunited friends, humiliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 6.8
 3K
Princess (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The story of August who loses his beloved sister Christina, a former porn star known as The Princess. He adopts Christina's five-year-old daughter Mia. Weighed down by grief and guilt, August breaks down and with Mia in tow, he embarks on a ...
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, social issues, family problems, vigilantism, death in the family, addiction, clergy, life is a bitch, crimes, rivalry, drug abuse, brother sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.
Style: experimental, contemplative, psychological, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, society, hopes, friendship, self discovery, introspection, artists and showbiz, small town, materialism, bad trip, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Documentary, Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, haunted by the past, war, memory loss, soldier, army, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.9
 663
The Fake (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A convict returns to his home town to torturing again his family and face his neighbors trying to destroy the local religious fanatics and their plans to keep money from the village people.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: village life, society, cons and scams, clergy, village, homecoming, released from prison, family relations, danger, social relations, dishonesty, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.4
 148
The Toe Tactic (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Mona is nearly overwhelmed by grief and depression. After her father's death, she's cut herself off: leaving teaching - she now temps as an office assistant, ignoring her mother's calls, talking to herself in mirrors, and rejecting ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, surreal, offbeat
Plot: imaginary, family problems, death in the family, human nature, homecoming, dealing with death, unfulfillment, single woman, mother daughter relationship, teacher, singleness, benign alien ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, survival, world war two, hunger, hiding place, death of parent, loss of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 6.9
 2K
My Dog Tulip (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The story of a man who rescues a German shepherd and how the two become fast friends.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: german shepherd, dog, pets, wounded animal, friendship, rescue, memoir, dog movie, human animal relationship, bittersweet, friends, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1998)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Based on Takao Saito's graphic novel, Golgo 13 is Japan's most celebrated and notorious assassin, and a man as adept with a rifle as he is with the ladies. He meets his match here in Queen Bee, the leader of a South American liberation ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, femme fatale, mysterious character, track down, terrorism, violence spree, chase, rivalry, life is a bitch, dishonesty, criminal heroes ...
Place: japan, asia, venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Heavy Traffic (1973)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
Style: adult animation, controversial, surreal, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, city life, sexual dysfunction, racism, sexual frustration, pinball, marijuana, surrealism, virgin, strong sexual content, adult virgin, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 8.6
 21K
Monster (2004)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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Story: Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: doctor, murder, moral dilemma, mastermind, hospital, false accusation, guilt, protagonist as suspect, track down, society, crimes, investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.7
 72K
Paprika (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: surveillance, investigation, villain, mental illness, deception, fairy, dreams, scientist, research, psychiatrist, human nature, introspection ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Art of Happiness (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Sergio driving a taxi in a white Naples overflowing sadness and garbage. Pouring rain leads her clients through the city trying to process the death of his brother, who started ten years earlier for Tibet and never returned. A pop singer, a recycler ...
Style: touching, serious, contemplative, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: buddhism, surrealism, taxi driver, life turned upside down, workplace situations, workplace, dream, brother brother relationship, happiness, dealing with death, radio dj, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: bleak, stylized, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, world war two, distopia, swat team, resistance fighter, little red riding hood, beast, terrorism, suicide, fairy, life is a bitch, deadly ...
Place: japan, tokyo, poland, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, childhood, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, dream, estate, village, photograph, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 1K
Alois Nebel (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. The end of the eighties in the twentieth century. Alois Nebel works as a dis­patcher at the small railway ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, mysterious character, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, society, murder, social misfits, life is a bitch, mystery, misfit, axe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: czechoslovakia, prague, czech republic, poland, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.0
 89K
Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, adult animation, rough ...
Plot: revolution, muslim, freedom, society, life is a bitch, depression, rebellion, self discovery, politics, coming of age, childhood, oppression ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, paris france, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 7K
Metropia (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the near future, oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. While navigating these tunnels, Roger hears voices, one in particular. Seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deeper ...
Style: stylized, exciting, futuristic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, distopia, society, chaos, future dystopia, corporate crimes, life is a bitch, danger, mind control, surveillance, bomb, imaginary ...
Time: future
Place: europe, eastern europe, stockholm sweden, paris france, scandinavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
Style: stylized, bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, good versus evil, secret identity, gang, batman, mutant, heroic mission, crimes, mortal combat, comeback, middle aged ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 899
Nina (2004)
Genre: Drama, Animation, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Psychological thriller larded with manga-like animations about the young, poor comic strip illustrator Nina, living with her mean landlady. She sinks further and further into a violent fantasy world.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: loneliness, tenant, humiliation, unsociability, isolation, insanity, illustrator, landlord, hallucination, female protagonist, delirium, driven mad ...
Place: sao paulo brazil, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
 59K
Perfect Blue (1997)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, surreal, twists and turns ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, singer, murder, mind game, tv show, actress, woman in danger, split personality, serial killer, dangerous attraction, actor's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.6
 657
Kite Liberator (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Years after the events that transpired in Kite, Sawa's whereabouts are a mystery. During this time, rumors of a new killer have begun to circulate the city. They call her the Angel of Death, an unfeeling assassin who eliminates her targets with ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, psychological, serious
Plot: girls with guns, danger, vengeance, deadly, teenage life, police detective, hitman, haunted by the past, law enforcement, violence, serial killer, serial murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Black Jack: The Movie (1996)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Black Jack is a master surgeon who possesses impeccable skills, enabling him to perform operations that are impossible for even the finest surgeons. He now is faced with his most difficult task to date and must challenge the limits of medical ...
Style: serious, psychological, stylized, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, anti heroes, showbiz, uncover truth, doctors and patients, future dystopia, rescue, contests and competitions, escapades, master villain, life is a bitch, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Batman has stopped the reign of terror that The Mutants had cast upon his city. Now an old foe wants a reunion and the government wants The Man of Steel to put a stop to Batman.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret identity, distopia, superhero, police officer, batman, fighting crime, heroes, good versus evil, imaginary, crimes, billionaire, protector ...
Time: 21st century, future, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Grisaia no Meikyuu Caprice no Mayu 0 (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Yuuji makes the unexpected decision to pursue promotion within the institution he works for. He meets with JB to discuss the documents he submitted for review as a part of the promotion process, documents pertaining to his own past.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, serious, adult animation
Plot: fight, killer child, murder, violence, dysfunctional family, hostage, mistreatment, loss of mother, abusive father, sadism, mother son relationship, shot in the hand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.4
 5K
Colorful (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is lucky and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Kobayashi Makoto, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a ...
Style: serious, psychological, stylized, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, dealing with death, school life, supernatural, one more chance, suicide, memory loss, parents and children, everyday life, brother brother relationship, bittersweet, back from the dead ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, atmospheric, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, nightmare, hospital, divorced parents, introspection, hopes, direction and purpose, mental illness, mental disorder, mental instability, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 3K
$9.99 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Israel, Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms ...
Style: adult animation, surreal, humorous, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, society, hopes, social misfits, introspection, human nature, loneliness, meaning of life, apartment building, life philosophy, female director, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 11K
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.
Style: disturbing, adult animation, humorous, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, hallucinogenic drug, addiction, hippie, revolution, sexual revolution, cat, drug abuse, sexual abuse, interracial relations, drug dealing, anthropomorphism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1966, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%