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Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
 7.3
 4K
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Together with his teenage sister and a horde of orphans, young Guy Maddin lazes away his under-stimulated youth on the mysterious island he will someday inherit. In the lighthouse orphanage in which they all live, their every move is watched over by their overbearing and tyrannical mother while their father, a scientist and inventor, works away secretively in the basement. When new adoptive parents discover mysterious head wounds on their children, teen detectives Wendy and Chance Hale - brother and sister sleuths known as the "Lightbulb Kids" - visit the island to launch an investigation. As the investigation progresses, the kids are led into the darkest regions of revelation and repression as the terrible secrets of Guy's family are revealed.
Style: surreal, disturbing, avant garde, psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, dark, philosophical, psychedelic, suspense ...
Plot: island, childhood memory, human experiment, investigation, family relations, family gatherings, surrealism, orphanage, parallel world, treatment, dying, abandoned, lighthouse, child abuse, delusion, mad scientist, child in peril, orphan, domineering mother, incest, lesbian, coming of age, advanced technology, mental disorder, distopia ...
Place: canada, romania

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Most similar movies to Brand Upon the Brain!

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out surreal, atmospheric, psychological and stylized films with plots about surrealism, family relations, storytelling, creativity, dialogue, love and romance and existentialism mostly in Drama, Romance and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Brand Upon the Brain!: Careful (1992), Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988), Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), The City of Lost Children (1995), The Tempest (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.0
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Careful (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the remote Alpine village of Tolzbad at the turn of the century, people talk quietly and restrain their movements lest avalanches come and kill them. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown through the parallel stories of ...
Style: surreal, sexy, stylized, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: incest, mother son incest, surrealism, family problems, erotica, first contact, gangsters, relationships, life & death, transformation, loneliness, mad scientist ...
Time: 1920s, 90s, 19th century
Place: canada, tokyo, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 72 min.
Story: While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told an important tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Ainar the lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the angelic Snjofrieder in a Gimli of old.
Style: mind bending, surreal, suspense, psychedelic, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, medical, absurdism, smallpox, mental disorder, hospital, expressionism, avant-garde, parents and children, village life, doctors and patients, plague ...
Time: 20th century, year 1988, turn of the century
Place: iceland, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Story of Guy Maddin, hockey player for the Maroons, and son of a local hairdresser/abortion doctor. Guy tries to overcome his own cowardice (and multiple head-knocks) as he navigates through a dream-like Winnipeg.
Style: surreal, romantic, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, pregnancy, abortion, psychopath, dangerous attraction, tragic love, obsession, prodigy, investigation, addiction, couple relations, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Style: surreal, gothic, atmospheric, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: steampunk, distopia, friendship, good versus evil, mad scientist, adventure, french, children, cloning, cyberpunk, island, clones ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 5.3
 8K
The Tempest (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Prospera (a female version of Shakespeare's Prospero) is the usurped ruler of Milan who has been banished to a mysterious island with her daughter. Using her magical powers, she draws her ...
Style: surreal, captivating, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: sorceress, island, storm, spirit, shakespeare, family relations, wizards and magicians, betrayal, escapades, curses spells and rituals, vengeance, love and romance ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.8
 232K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, time, surrealism, depression, utopia, life changing experience, immortality, parallel world, love and romance, butterfly effect ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, cerebral, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: subconscious, puppeteer, body swapping, psychology, lesbian, surrealism, portal, mind control, manipulation, actor, obsession, puppet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 4K
Poison (1991)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what Richie was like and what led up to the shooting. In the ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, avant garde, enigmatic, sexy ...
Plot: gay, surrealism, lgbt, life is a bitch, social misfits, riddles and clues, homosexual, experiment, prison, murder, abusive father, mad scientist ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 7.3
 4K
The Aerial (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Argentina
Duration: 99 min.
Story: La Antena (English: The Aerial, 2007) is an Argentine drama film, written and directed by acclaimed film director Esteban Sapir. The film features Alejandro Urdapilleta, Rafael Ferro, Florencia Raggi, and others. The movie begins with a pair of ...
Style: surreal, neo noir, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: distopia, mind control, social decay, rebellion, revolution, corrupted ruler, dishonesty, expressionism, totalitarianism, life is a bitch, society, family relations ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 3K
Tuvalu (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in a dilapidated indoor swimming pool (the Central Baths in Sofia), the film details the efforts of Anton, a clueless dreamer who yearns to sail the world, and Martha, the button obsessed cashier, to maintain the illusion for Anton's blind ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, visually appealing, allegory ...
Plot: surrealism, love, skinny dipping, parallel universe, obsession, transformation, male nudity, sexualized violence, mentor, childhood, existentialism, eccentricity ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, sentimental, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, first love, boy scout, island, children, adolescence, youth, orphan, social misfits, search party, summer camp, teenage love ...
Time: 60s, year 1965, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, plymouth, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 194
The Reception (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The complex relationship between a wealthy French woman and her best friend a, gay black American, is thrown into turmoil when her estranged daughter comes to visit them with her new husband for the weekend in upstate New York. Through a series of ...
Style: sexy, realistic, humorous, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: romance, wedding, family relations, homecoming, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, parents and children, lifestyle, couples, estrangement, family life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 1K
Cremaster 3 (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: CREMASTER 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character - host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence. These factions ...
Style: experimental, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: surrealism, good versus evil, supernatural, punk, skyscraper, graphic violence, apprentice, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, artists and showbiz, zombie, postmodernism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 5K
Andover (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A geneticist clones his dead wife, over and over, in an attempt to get her back exactly as she was.
Style: suspense, psychological, disturbing, captivating
Plot: cloning, genetics, dead wife, grieving, husband wife relationship, experiment, scientific experiment, loss of spouse, human experiment, male female relationship, genetic experiment, family relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 189
Double Parked (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A resourceful and high-spirited woman deals with financial distress and her asthmatic thirteen-year-old son when his life is gravely complicated by a new friendship with the son of her former drunken and abusive husband.
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: mother son relationship, coming of age, juvenile delinquent, child abuse, teenager, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, family life, relationships, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.7
 3K
Some Girls (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: While on Christmas break, college student Michael journeys to Quebec City to spend time with his attractive girlfriend, Gabriella. Not long after he arrives, Gabriella breaks up with him, but her two equally gorgeous sisters waste no time showing ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, feel good, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, coming of age, eccentric family, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, male nudity, canadian, grandmother, love, older woman younger man relationship, teenage sex, teenager ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 44K
Arizona Dream (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to ...
Style: art house, surreal, atmospheric, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: self discovery, older woman younger man relationship, nervous breakdown, surrealism, fall in love, american dream, family relations, love and romance, eccentric family, on the road, destructive relationship, car salesman ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, papua new guinea, alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.9
 29K
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When Elizabeth returns to her mother's home after her marriage breaks up, she recreates her imaginary childhood friend, Fred, to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job. In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates, ...
Style: surreal, feel good, humorous, twists and turns, absurd ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: imaginary friend, mental illness, childhood memory, emotional manipulation, vengeance, personal growth, friendship, loneliness, unlikely friendships, psychology, family relations, guilty pleasure ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, family life, midlife crisis, writer's life, introspection, family relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, couples, playwright, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 228
Glass Lips (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This dialog-free film, originally presented as 33 short films, is an experimental, bizarre set of meditations and flashbacks of the grotesque.
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, estrangement, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, dull life, doctors and patients, wrongfully committed, homecoming, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Oh, Woe Is Me (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Romance about Simon Donnadieu and his decision to leave his ever-loving wife Rachel.
Style: disturbing, mind bending, clever, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: ocean, religions or cults, church, infidelity, love triangle, supernatural romance, battle zone, miraculous event, romance, investigation, mysterious character, love and romance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 6K
Paperhouse (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, supernatural, children, nightmare, imaginary kingdom, visceral, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, alternate reality, serial killer, transformation, supernatural ability ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Science of Sleep (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, meditative, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: dreams, daydreamer, love, magic, romance, escape from reality, dream, surrealism, imagination, painting, friendship, new job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, mexico, france, latin america, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 72K
Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, stylized, touching, breathtaking, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, family outing
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, alternate reality, gravity, fantasy world, love, romance, beautiful scenery, chase, technology, imagination ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 5K
Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: bleak, surreal, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, adoption, hallucination, dreams, society, hopes, human nature, social relations, coming of age, boy, priest, sick child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, montana, usa, minnesota, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 22K
Ink (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Invisible forces exert power over us in our sleep. A mercenary named Ink, on a literal nightmare mission, captures the spirit of 8-year-old Emma in the dream world. To save her, the dream-givers marshal all their resources, focusing on saving the ...
Style: surreal, dark fantasy, enigmatic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: another dimension, good versus evil, parallel universe, imagination, father daughter relationship, supernatural, parent child relationship, time paradox, nightmare, alternate reality, nightmare comes true, mind control ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
No Rest for the Brave (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Austria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A strange man is involved in a village massacre and drug dealing.
Style: experimental, surreal, humorous, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: insomnia, countryside, drug dealer, gangsters, losing-it hero, dark humor, psychopath, love affair, teenage life, gang, crimes, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.0
 611
Between Waves (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Even after his presumed death, Jamie continues to be visited by her lover Isaac, a quantum physicist, who pleads for her to join him in a parallel plane.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: parallel universe, quantum physics, male female relationship, female protagonist, alternate world, alternate reality, alternate dimension, alternate universe, love and romance, psychological trauma, problem, love story ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, humorous, witty, talky ...
Plot: literature, death, love, destiny, writer's life, human nature, novelist, publisher, writers, professor, paranoia, dying ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.
Style: surreal, disturbing, mind bending, enigmatic, psychedelic ...
Plot: amusement park, hallucination, surrealism, disneyland, paranoia, dysfunctional family, losing-it hero, parents and children, disorder, adultery, loss of job, middle aged man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%