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Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
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Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
Original name: Případ pro začínajícího kata
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a watch from its waistcoat breast pocket. The half-ruined house that he enters reminds Lemuel of his childhood and brings up a painful memory of a dearly loved girl Markéta who was drowned years ago. Gulliver finds himself in Balnibarbi, a country where he doesn't understand the laws and habits and so continually offends against public decency. It is a day when people are ordered to keep their mouths shut and they force their visitor to follow suit. He faces harsh interrogation and finds it difficult to explain that he is not the rabbit Oscar whose watch has been found in his possession.
Style: atmospheric, suspense, surreal, not serious, biting, offbeat, modern day adaptation
Plot: distopia, society, social misfits, satire, disorder, fish out of water, social decay, hare, existentialism, imaginary
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, czech republic, central europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out surreal, offbeat, suspense and weird films with plots about society, surrealism, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, misfit, culture clash and existentialism mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres. Some movies like Case for a Rookie Hangman: The Castle (1997), The Man Who Sleeps (1974), The Marvelous Visit (1974), Down House (2001), The Temptation of St. Tony (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Castle (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Austria, Germany, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Michael Haneke's adaptation of Franz Kafka's unfinished novel Das Schloss. K arrives in a remote village a stranger. In attempting to establish himself there, he enters the nightmarish world of the castle bureaucracy.
Style: allegory, surreal, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: village, bureaucracy, distopia, village life, uninvited guest, social relations, life is a bitch, society, snow, stranger, winter, fall in love ...
Place: austria, germany, europe
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The Man Who Sleeps (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Tunisia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In this French tour-de-force a young student decides to have no more interaction with the world than is needed to minimally sustain life. His increasingly automaton-like behavior is coupled with a strange clarity of insight about the world around ...
Style: experimental, surreal, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: introspection, existentialism, nihilism, sleeping, surrealism, cause and meaning, estrangement, dull life, society, unfulfillment, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france
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The Marvelous Visit (1974)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: One morning, the rector of a small French village comes across a young man, lying unclothed and unconscious on a deserted beach. Intrigued, the rector has the young man carried back to his home. When he awakes the stranger calmly identifies himself ...
Style: sentimental, stylized, touching, serious, offbeat
Plot: angel, society, hopes, clergy, love and romance, misfit, disorder, social relations, village life, homecoming, fish out of water, miraculous event ...
Place: france, brittany
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Down House (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The plot is set in modern Moscow, in the 1990s, with "New Russians", Hummer H1 SUVs, bribery, violence, truck fulls of tinned stew as a dowry, etc.
Style: surreal, humorous, not serious, suspense, parody ...
Plot: mentally unstable, social decay, love triangle, society, fall in love, bribery, doomed romance, romantic relationship, cannibalism, drugs/alcohol
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia
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The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Estonia, Finland, Sweden, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being "good" finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.
Style: psychological, surreal, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cannibalism, surrealism, mysterious character, losing-it hero, moral dilemma, dishonesty, rebellion, fighting the system, temptation, rebelliousness, midlife crisis, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: estonia, europe
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Malice in Wonderland (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA, Bahrain
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A modern take on the classic fairytale, Alice in Wonderland, set in South East England.An American law student in London. Knocked down by a black cab, she wakes with amnesia in a world that's a million miles from home - Wonderland. We follow ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, exciting, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: memory loss, adventure, fish out of water, escapades, hopes, on the run, taxi, gangsters, female protagonist, amnesia, mystery, getting home ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man and his son take an allegorical stroll through life with a talking bird that spouts social and political philosophy.
Style: suspense, semi serious, biting, talky, thought provoking ...
Plot: satire, crow, politics, on the road, mythology, hawk, talking bird, state affairs, society, clergy, monk, family relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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End of Man (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: Brazil
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Stark naked man comes out from the sea and begins to walk the streets, interfering in daily episodes, always in search of justice. He names himself Finis Hominis (The End of Man, in latin), and soon becomes sort of a modern Messiah, capable of ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, humorous, absurd, psychedelic ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), righting the wronged, miraculous event, supernatural, supernatural ability, christ allegory, youth, dead child, hippie, party, hospital, prophet ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: brazil
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60%
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Photographing Fairies (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in grief Charles is given some photographs purporting to be of ...
Style: fairy tale, psychological, serious, surreal, captivating ...
Plot: fairy, world war one, death sentence, photographer, legends and myths, imaginary kingdom, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, love and romance, dealing with death, supernatural, mystery ...
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Place: london, europe, england, alps, switzerland
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Pound (1970)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a pound, 18 dogs wait to be adopted.
Style: suspense, experimental, surreal, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, captivity, animal life, confined, map, socialist, old man, prison escape, threat to kill, boxer, euthanasia, puppy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
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Alice or the Last Escapade (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: One night Alice can't stand her husband anymore and she decides to leave him. It's a dark, rainy night and something smashes the windshield so Alice is forced to seek shelter in an old mansion. She is warmly welcomed but soon realises that ...
Style: psychological, serious, surreal, mind bending, bleak ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france
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The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. The Exterminating Angel is a 1962 surrealist film, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal. Sharply satirical and allegorical, the film contains a view ...
Style: thought provoking, surreal, cynical, suspense, biting ...
Plot: dinner party, guest, satire, surrealism, isolation, maid, trapped, party, hallucination, piano, bear, mansion ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, paris france
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Window to Paris (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Nikolai (played by Sergei Dontsov) has been fired from his job as a music teacher and has to live in the gym until he finds a place to stay. Finally, he gets a communal room in the apartment of Gorokhov (Victor Mikhalkov). The room's previous ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, biting, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: satire, teacher, disorder, down on your luck, unfulfilled love, fish out of water, culture clash, imaginary kingdom, nothing goes right, misfit, love and romance, romance ...
Place: paris france, russia, europe, st. petersburg russia
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City of Women (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 139 min.
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Country: India
Duration: 131 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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Style: suspense, surreal, talky, cynical, biting ...
Plot: misfit, society, hopes, disorder, individualism, couples, dark humor, dehumanization, couple relations, isolation, human nature, farce ...
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Morgan! (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, ...
Style: cynical, witty, suspense, biting, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, satire, divorce, wrestling, society, crumbling marriage, artists and showbiz, love and romance, misfit, social differences, wrongfully committed, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, wales, united kingdom
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Country: Yugoslavia, West Germany
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Style: sexy, experimental, suspense, biting, thought provoking ...
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Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe
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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 139 min.
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44%
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The Beehive (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: post war, brothel, performer's life, nudity (full frontal - brief), cafe, power relations, injustice, ambition, society, misfit, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
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The Trial (1962)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, distopia, courtroom, fighting the system, false accusation, courtroom drama, conspiracy, expressionism, post war, uncover truth, life is a bitch, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1920s, 18th century
Place: russia
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Free Fall (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Hungary, South Korea, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An old woman flies past six floors after jumping from the roof of her apartment block. Six stories on the poor state of humanity, told with humour and rare imagination to the accompaniment of a pulsating soundtrack from Amon Tobin. A woeful ...
Style: suspense, surreal, humorous, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: family relations, unsupportive spouse, couple relations, social decay, obsession, dark humor, parents and children, disorder, couples, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), guru ...
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Place: europe, hungary
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The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: surreal, atmospheric, experimental, serious, stylized ...
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Place: europe
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, serious, tense, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, nudity (full frontal - brief), life is a bitch, youth, misfit, hopes, confined, teenage life, doctors and patients, power relations, self control ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france
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41%
Count Dracula (1971)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Czech television production of Dracula that is very faithful to Bram Stoker's novel.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: vampire, female vampire, coach, englishman abroad, castle, vampire hunter, wolf, possession, mansion, bat, dracula, briton abroad
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Watermelon Man (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jeff Gerber, an insurance agent, lives in a typical suburban neighborhood. He is also both racist and a fitness freak. But Jeff's bigoted world of taunting and harassing black people on and off the job is turned upside down when his skin ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, biting, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: switching roles, bus, racism, satire, culture clash, fighting the system, society, injustice, militant, restaurant, nosy, doctors and patients ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey
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40%
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Visioneers (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Visioneer George Washington Winsterhammerman lives a comfortable but monotonous life in this slightly futuristic black comedy. When people start exploding from stress and George is showing early symptoms, he's forced to examine his life. Taking ...
Style: surreal, not serious, futuristic, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: workplace, self discovery, estrangement, satire, society, future dystopia, golf, existentialism, dreams, loneliness, life philosophy, distopia ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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38%
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Porcile (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son of a post-war German industrialist, is on the way to lie ...
Style: experimental, suspense, clever, atmospheric, disturbing ...
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Kill the Poor (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When a marriage of convenience becomes the real thing, Joe moves his pregnant French wife to a tenement building on New York's Lower East Side. The street is like a war zone with none of the nostalgic appeal that Joe remembers from tales of his ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, suspense, cynical, biting ...
Plot: pregnancy, social differences, lifestyle, drug abuse, social decay, nothing goes right, social misfits, rise to the top, immigrants, society, life is a bitch, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, europe, usa, france
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