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Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
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Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
Original name: アキレスと亀
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks. Machisu, the only son of a rich collector, has a childs love for painting. Praise from a famous artist friend of his father inspires the young boy to dream of becoming a painter himself. s a young man, poor loner Machisu manages to attend art school with money earned from working. He is introduced to an unconventional world of bold creativity but he also gets his first bitter taste of harsh criticism from a dealer. Encouragement comes in the form of attractive clerk Sachiko who is convinced that she alone understands him. Marriage is soon followed by a daughter, as love and hope drive Machisu to commit even more deeply to his art ...
Style: tragicomedy, philosophical, thought provoking, emotional, humorous, offbeat, gloomy, realistic, semi serious
Plot: obsession, dark humor, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, failed attempt, painter, art, painting, desire for fame, family relations, hopes, social misfits, husband wife relationship, art dealer, youth, performer's life, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, losing-it hero, loss of daughter, rejection, down on your luck, overalls, paint
Time: 90s, 80s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, realistic, humorous and offbeat films with plots about unfulfillment, family relations, hopes, parents and children, disorder, life is a bitch and dark humor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Achilles and the Tortoise: Kikujiro (1999), Takeshis' (2005), Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007), Reality (2012), Don Peyote (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kikujiro (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
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Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Takeshis' (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, who, still an unknown actor, is waiting for his big break. After their paths cross, ...
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Plot: surrealism, obsession, dark humor, identity crisis, lifestyle, actor's life, showbiz, wannabe, lookalikes, audition, postmodernism, taxi driver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting, captivating, offbeat
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Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, tokyo
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A dark comedy centering on the lives of a Neapolitan based family whose father, a fish merchant, is so infatuated with the reality TV show "Grande Fratello" (the Italian version of "Big Brother") he starts living his life as if ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, thought provoking, cynical, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, losing-it hero, obsession, human nature, tv show, dark humor, disorder, audition, society, tv, television, big brother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy, rome italy, southern italy
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Don Peyote (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An ordinary guy delves deep into counterculture, conspiracy theories and the like as he tries to discern the structure of society.
Style: semi serious, humorous, surreal, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: stoners, obsession, losing-it hero, disorder, friendship, conspiracy theory, wedding preparations and rituals, end of the world, profanity, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, year 2012, contemporary
Place: usa
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Balding advertising executive Mr. Baum spends more time on a new ad campaign for purple sunglasses than he does with his own family. But suddenly he is forced to reexamine his life after a doctor tells him that he has an 'aggressive' brain ...
Style: clever, humorous, contemplative, suspense, cynical ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
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Matterhorn (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Fred lives on his own. His wife is dead, his son has left. He leans on the church, busses, meat-and-two-veg. Then Leo appears. Leo is a tramp. Fred lets Leo move in with him. An absurdist feature debut with a laugh and a tear in stuffy Netherlands.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, tragicomedy, semi serious, realistic ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Chile, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 104 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
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52%
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Duration: 94 min.
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Duration: 114 min.
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