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Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
 7.3
 3K
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, 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: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, surreal, experimental, sexual, offbeat, sexy, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: orphan, island, human experiment, investigation, family relations, family gatherings, parallel world, dying, treatment, abandoned, child abuse, mad scientist, delusion, child in peril, childhood memory, overbearing mother, domineering mother, distopia, family life, adoption, sleepwalking, lesbian, incest, lighthouse, mother ...
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, offbeat and serious films with plots about family relations, surrealism, storytelling, creativity, loneliness, nudity (full frontal - brief) and obsession mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Brand Upon the Brain!: Careful (1992), Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988), The Tempest (2010), Mr. Nobody (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 2K
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, stylized, disturbing, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: family problems, mother son incest, expressionism, village, ghost, mountain, incest, society, unfulfillment, family relations, repression, master and servant ...
Time: 90s, 1920s, 19th century
Place: swiss alps, tokyo, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: abortion, murder, pregnancy, vengeance, tragic love, dangerous attraction, psychopath, prodigy, investigation, obsession, ice hockey, addiction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: surreal, mind bending, serious, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: hospital, expressionism, power relations, dark humor, family relations, deadly, parents and children, human nature, plague, village life, doctors and patients, avant-garde ...
Time: 20th century, turn of the century
Place: iceland, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.3
 7K
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: stylized, atmospheric, surreal, captivating, serious ...
Plot: sorceress, island, storm, spirit, wizards and magicians, family relations, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, betrayal, danger, escapades, isolation ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 7.8
 220K
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: mind bending, philosophical, psychological, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, surrealism, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, family relations, romance ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Genre: 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, atmospheric, gothic, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: friendship, distopia, rescue, mad scientist, steampunk, island, clones, escape, french, good versus evil, street kid, adventure ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, offbeat, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, body swapping, sexual identity, mind control, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, pet, pets ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 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, sexual ...
Plot: riddles and clues, social misfits, life is a bitch, aids, prison, abusive father, surrealism, murder, sexuality, punishment, scientist, love ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.4
 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: neo noir, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: distopia, social decay, rebellion, mind control, corrupted ruler, family relations, revolution, totalitarianism, human nature, dishonesty, expressionism, society ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, sentimental, surreal, witty, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: first love, social misfits, boy scout, orphan, teenage love, island, youth, adolescence, childhood sweetheart, family relations, summer camp, misfit ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: new england, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 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: stylized, surreal, atmospheric, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, looking for love, siblings relations, parents and children, love affair, unfulfilled love, fall in love, dark humor, couples, love and romance, romance, swimming pool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 70K
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, futuristic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, gravity, alternate reality, romance, love and romance, renewed love, power of love, corporate world, lovers apart, childhood sweetheart ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 183
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: humorous, realistic, sexy, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: reunion, romance, wedding, family relations, lifestyle, homecoming, family gatherings, parents and children, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, family life, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Science of Sleep (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Italy, USA
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, sentimental, contemplative, meditative ...
Audience: date night
Plot: daydreamer, magic, escape from reality, painting, friendship, new job, dreams, romance, introspection, love, dancer, visionary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, mexico, france, europe, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 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: stylized, atmospheric, surreal, experimental, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, skyscraper, punk, imaginary, danger, apprentice, deadly, artists and showbiz, rivalry, curses spells and rituals, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.8
 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, humorous, touching, offbeat, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, eccentric family, family relations, college, christmas, teenage life, family gatherings, romance, youth, unlikely couple, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, realistic, mind bending, experimental, contemplative ...
Plot: miraculous event, infidelity, romance, investigation, journalism, love and romance, mysterious character, ocean, supernatural romance, love triangle, battle zone, religions or cults ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.0
 27K
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: feel good, humorous, surreal, light, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary friend, family relations, mental illness, childhood memory, misfit, chaos and mayhem, parents and children, starting over, vengeance, disorder, family life, personal growth ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Bye Bye Monkey (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In metahistorical New York city electrotechnician Lafayette deals with a megalomaniac director of a wax museum of ancient Rome, an italian lonely anarchist, a group of feminist actresses - including Angelica who falls in love with him - and a small ...
Style: disturbing, offbeat, atmospheric, serious, grotesque
Plot: feminism, chimpanzee, absurd humor, surrealism, monkey, catastrophe, society, danger, babies and infants, manhood, strong female presence, human nature ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 5K
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: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, supernatural, coming of age, supernatural ability, friendship, alternate reality, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, parallel world, drawing, lighthouse, house ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: insomnia, countryside, gangsters, drug dealer, losing-it hero, love affair, teenage life, dark humor, psychopath, crimes, youth, on the run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 42K
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: surreal, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, art house ...
Plot: self discovery, nervous breakdown, fall in love, coming of age, love and romance, family relations, eccentric family, on the road, car salesman, destructive relationship, american dream, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, alaska, papua new guinea
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 4K
Kissed (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Over the years, a child's romantic ideals about death blossom into necrophilia, the study of embalming and the most profound relationship of her life.
Style: disturbing, sexy, sexual, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: necrophilia, obsession, couples, romance, love and romance, youth, love affair, destructive relationship, sexual relations, female director, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 5.9
 204
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, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, life is a bitch, estrangement, haunted by the past, homecoming, doctors and patients, wrongfully committed, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, dull life, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 7K
Leolo (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of an imaginative boy who pretends he is the child of a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato upon which his mother accidentally fell.
Style: disturbing, surreal, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, masturbation, coming of age, dark humor, insanity, family relations, chaos and mayhem, eccentric family, animal life, family problems, curses spells and rituals, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: montreal, sicily, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.6
 967
Ripe (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When their abusive parents are killed in a car crash, twin sisters Rosie and Violet vow to run away to Kentucky in search of a better life. While on the road, the girls meet up with Pete, a drifter working as a grounds keeper on a derelict army ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, gloomy, sexual, sincere ...
Plot: voyeurism, soldier, orphan, coming of age, twins, child abuse, sister sister relationship, runaway, drifter, military base, lolita, car accident ...
Time: 90s
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Reflections of Evil (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Julie, a teen who died from a PCP overdose in the early '70s searches from beyond the grave for her younger brother Bob who now in the '90s is an obese watch seller suffering with sucrose intolerance.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, surreal, scary ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental illness, obsession, afterlife, ghost, supernatural, reincarnation, terrorism, siblings relations, teenage life, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, september 11 2001
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 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, touching, disturbing, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: small town, human nature, society, hopes, angel, social relations, adoption, hallucination, terminal illness, sick child, boy, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
For the Love of a Child (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary ...
Style: disturbing, touching, rough, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: orphan, rescue, parents and children, dysfunctional family, selflessness, family relations, danger, life is a bitch, family problems, child abuse, graphic violence, child in peril ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A casa tutti bene (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A big family that like any other one includes relatives that see each other often and others that rarely meet, reunite to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of grandma Alba and grandpa Pietro in a big Villa, on the island they moved to. Because ...
Style: light, captivating, humorous, psychological
Plot: family relations, pregnancy, island, husband wife conflict, jealous wife, love, reunion, family conflict, wedding anniversary, storm, under the surface, isolation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%