Movies like Happiness is a Sad Song

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Happiness is a Sad Song (2004)
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Happiness is a Sad Song (2004)
Original name: Le bonheur c'est une chanson triste
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The disjointed story of Anne-Marie, an unemployed publicist pounding the pavement in Montreal with her mini-cam, collecting testimonials on the subject of happiness. She meets a medley of characters whom she engages in engrossing, thought-provoking discussions.
Style: semi documentary
Plot: happiness, unemployment, interrogation, camera, homelessness, questioning
Place: quebec, montreal, montreal quebec

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Most similar movies to Happiness is a Sad Song

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and psychological films with plots about homelessness, family relations, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), unemployment, unfulfillment and friendship mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Happiness is a Sad Song: You (2007), Forever Tomorrow (2016), Twice a Woman (2010), Chorus (2015), The Far Side of the Moon (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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You (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Michèle shares her life with Paul, her husband and work colleague. She has a lover, Thomas, a musician with whom she has been having a passionate affair for some time. Attracted by Thomass non-conformity and lust for life, Michèle abandons her ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, breakup, sexual promiscuity, love affair, life turned upside down, dishonesty, couples, family relations, romance, crumbling marriage, infidelity, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Forever Tomorrow (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 'Forever Tomorrow' weaves a narrative out of the speeches given in AA meetings, the interrupted life of a party girl, a young couple who have lost their connection to one another, and the relationships Aaron, a rent boy, and his clients ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rent boy, drinking, unemployment, recovery, party, homelessness, drinking alcohol
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Twice a Woman (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of Catherine, who, after her violent husband puts her life in serious danger one night, decides to run away with her son and start a new life under a fresh identity.
Plot: female full frontal nudity, bare breasts, facial bruise, false name, nudity (full frontal - brief), marital abuse, black eye, female nudity, on the run, abusive husband, nude swimming, skinny dipping ...
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Chorus (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A separated couple meet again after 10 years when the body of their missing son is found. Amid the guilt of losing a loved one, they hesitantly move toward affirmation of life, acceptance of death, and even the possibility of reconciliation.
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: couples, couple relations, dealing with death, husband wife relationship, choir, letter, loss of son, sex scene, female nudity, funeral, police, airplane ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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The Far Side of the Moon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother.
Style: psychological, clever, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: space travel, lifestyle, astronaut, self discovery, gay, human nature, introspection, estrangement, family problems, brother brother relationship, science, space exploration ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: canada, russia, montreal, quebec, montreal quebec
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55%
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Now or Never (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Jean Pierre Lefebrvre directed this Canadian drama, the final film in a trilogy that began in 1967 with Don't Let It Kill You and continued in 1977 with The Old Country Where Rimbaud Died. All three feature Abel Gagne (Marcel Sabourin), a ...
Plot: pilot, debt, death, friendship, old man, co pilot, absent father, father son relationship, airplane, farm, countryside, family relations ...
Place: montreal, quebec, montreal quebec
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Prologue (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Robin Spry, Prologue was the first Canadian film to screen at the Venice Film Festival. Set and filmed during the sixties, this fiction feature tells the story of a young Montrealer who edits an underground newspaper ...
Style: cinema verite, political
Plot: politics, college, girlfriend, discussion, friendship, underground, rebellion, commune, teenage boy, frustration, deserter, dropout ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
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Streetheart (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Louise is living in Montreal, unemployed. Her sister Paulette often gives her a hard time. She only gets to see her poetry-quoting married boyfriend Julien once a week. She hangs out a lot at the dance studio in her building... Louise decides to ...
Plot: street life, dance studio, gay love, dead dog, bohemian, poetry, stranger, gay, dog, affair, sister sister relationship, dancing ...
Place: quebec, montreal quebec, montreal
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42%
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Sitting in Limbo (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The National Film Board of Canada was one of the guiding forces behind Sitting in Limbo. Fabian Gibbs plays a black Montreal college student forced to leave school when his girlfriend Pat Dillon becomes pregnant. Gibbs resents this interruption in ...
Plot: black, racism, poverty, teenage pregnancy
Place: montreal, canada, montreal quebec
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The Book of Eve (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A Romanian immigrant (Daniel Lavoie) uses good food, good humor and good conversation to break down the walls around a reclusive woman's (Claire Bloom) heart.
Plot: husband wife relationship, separation, confession, adultery, artist, marriage, grandparent grandchild relationship, alcoholic, ghost, homelessness, sexual joke, church ...
Place: quebec, canada
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39%
Waitresses Wanted (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Story: Brazilian native Priscilla Paredes is intent on staying in Montreal, despite the expiration of her student visa. Out of desperation, she takes a job as an exotic dancer at the Elixir, a downtown strip club, where she meets Milagro, a headstrong ...
Plot: exotic dancer, illegal immigrant, female nudity, strip club, lesbian subtext, lesbian, stripper, immigration officer
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
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La Run (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Guillaume is a good young man. He has never taken hard drugs in his life, doesn't plan on trying, and has an honest job. Everything goes chaotic when he witnesses his father's attempted suicide over a heavy gambling debt. In order to pay ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: friendship, ambition, jealousy, drug abuse, drug dealing, drugs, family, violence, money, drug
Place: montreal
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37%
Downtown: A Street Tale (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A group of street kids find that the only way to make it through the day is to hold onto their dreams while their reality is eating out of dumpsters, turning tricks and squatting in abandoned buildings.
Plot: downtown, homelessness, inner city, street life, street, drugs, drug
Place: new york
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Accidental Friendship (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Homeless woman Yvonne Caldwell is a woman with good reason to be bitter: she has lost everything except her two beloved dogs, Bebe and Man-Man. With her one friend, Wes, Caldwell lives the daily struggle of being homeless in Los Angeles until a ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: friendship, homelessness, police officer, dog, human animal relationship, kindness, life is a bitch, unlikely friendships, rehabilitation, policewoman, female police officer, black woman ...
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35%
The Greenhouse Effect (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Rita is a naïve 18-year-old from the sticks who has come to Moscow to meet up with the man who impregnated her a few months earlier. Unfortunately, his name and address was written on a piece of paper in her luggage, which was promptly stolen upon ...
Plot: female full frontal nudity, homelessness, injection, nudity (full frontal - brief), pregnancy, stranded, age difference, death, shower, singing, teenage boy, police
Place: russia
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33%
8:17pm, Darling Street (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: This is the story of Gerard, an man who miraculy survived to an explosion that destroyed his appartment and killed a lot of people. During the next days, he tries to find out why he survived and why others died.
Plot: poverty, alcohol abuse, nudity (full frontal - brief), drinking problem, restaurant, alcoholic, neighborhood, exploding building, alcoholics anonymous, drinking and driving, male nudity, apartment building
Place: montreal quebec canada, montreal
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32%
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3:13 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: From living a normal life to surviving homelessness in the city of Miami, Peter is a victim of the turbulent U.S. recession during late 2000's. A drama based on true events.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak
Plot: life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family relations, society, misfit, social misfits, unemployment, family problems, homelessness, character change, disorder, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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31%
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Tweek City (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tweek City is a week in the life of Bill, a potentially closeted, half-Latino, small-time speed dealer in San Francisco's Mission District. Bill is stuck on an endless walk from one empty experience to the next. Only Bill's friend Jerm has ...
Plot: homelessness, drugs, gay, closeted homosexual, gay latino, suicide, male nudity, urban setting, methamphetamine
Place: san francisco
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Mad Ship (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Scandinavian immigrant, driven to madness by ruined dreams and the tragic death of his wife, embarks on a quixotic mission to build a homemade ship and sail out of the prairie dust bowl at the height of the Great Depression.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, life is a bitch, society, couple relations, working class, unemployment, unfulfillment, prairie, down on your luck, ship
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 20s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Montreal Main (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A photographer finds himself falling for a 14 year-old boy.
Plot: gay interest, photographer, lgbt, male homosexuality, closeted homosexual, mutual masturbation, gay, masturbation
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
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30%
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On the Corner (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Angel and Randy Henry are a sister and brother, caught on the mean streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. While Angel finds the strength to escape her seemingly hopeless situation, Randy slips deeper into a world consumed by abandonment and ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, serious, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, missing person, interracial relations, homelessness, drug addiction, brother sister relationship, drug dealer, mother daughter relationship, confrontation, drug rehab, neighborhood, hospital ...
Place: vancouver
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30%
The Plouffe Family (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 227 min.
Story: The lives of the average Quebecois Plouffe family during the final years of the depression and through World War II.
Plot: world war two, family relations, great depression, conscription, canadian, religion, catholic, french canadian
Place: canada, quebec
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29%
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Nomadland (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Style: road movie, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: nomad, unemployment, motor home, homelessness, van, traveler, female protagonist, loneliness, travel, on the road, journey, homeless ...
Time: year 2011
Place: nevada, arizona
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27%
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Distant Thunder (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself unprepared for the changes that he will have to cope ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: martial arts, forest, suicide, homelessness, in the woods, family problems, parents and children, homecoming, family life, terminal illness, reunion, death in the family ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia, illinois, washington state
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27%
The Time of the Hunt (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Willy, Richard, and Lionel, three blue-collar friends from Montreal East, leave the city and travel to the countryside for a weekend of hunting. Richard's wife forces him to bring along his young son, Michel. For these men, hunting represents ...
Plot: hunting, drunkenness, storytelling, sexism, hunter, moose, motel, striptease, machismo, weekend, drinking, drinking alcohol ...
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
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26%
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Love Rome (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Vignettes about four different couples in New York City coming to terms with their lives six months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Style: anthology, semi documentary
Plot: couples, political activist, 911
Place: new york
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26%
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Hard Knocks (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young girl with a background of urban poverty and juvenile crime, attempts to become a fashion model. The hypocrisy and double standards of society are juxtaposed against the confusion and frustration she feels as she struggles to become part of a ...
Plot: man slaps a woman, photographer, camera, cigarette smoking, flashback
Place: melbourne australia
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26%
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Good Riddance (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a small rural town in the Quebec Laurentians, Michelle lives in an isolated house with her mentally-challenged brother Guy and her 13 year old daughter Manon. Together the three of them survive by running a small firewood business and ...
Plot: parent child relationship, accidental death, pregnancy, autumn, runaway, epileptic, police officer, getting home, family relations, desperation, brother sister relationship, coming of age ...
Place: quebec
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26%
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3 saisons (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Three stories unfold over the course of 9 months. Two couples live at extreme opposites of each other, yet they share one commonality: an unexpected pregnancy. Carmine and Sasha live in a comfortable world where the arrival of a child should be a ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: sex in car, unplanned pregnancy, woman on top, loveless marriage, homelessness, female sitting on a toilet, pregnancy, tragic event, abortion, sex, sex standing up, prostitute ...
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26%
Next Attraction (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Purports to document the production of a short about a young man’s first sexual experience while doubling as a coming-out film and a multiply layered making-of movie.
Plot: film within a film, director, shooting, camera, tripod, rehearsal, stray dog
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