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Before Sunset (2004)
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Before Sunset (2004)

Early thirty-something American Jesse Wallace is in a Paris bookstore, the last stop on a tour to promote his best selling book, This Time. Although he is vague to reporters about the source material for the book, it is about his chance encounter nine years earlier on June 15-16, 1994 with a Parisienne named Celine, and the memorable and romantic day and evening they spent together in Vienna. At the end of their encounter at the Vienna train station, which is also how the book ends, they, not providing contact information to the other, vowed to meet each other again in exactly six months at that very spot. As the media scrum at the bookstore nears its conclusion, Jesse spots Celine in the crowd, she who only found out about the book when she earlier saw his photograph promoting this public appearance. Much like their previous encounter, Jesse and Celine, who is now an environmental activist, decide to spend time together until he is supposed to catch his flight back to New York, this time only being about an hour. Beyond the issue of the six month meeting, what has happened in their lives in the intervening nine years, and their current lives, they once again talk about their philosophies of life and love, this time with the knowledge of their day together and how it shaped what has happened to them. (Read More)

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independent film 
Themes:
hope photography cancer depression loneliness anger memory magic wedding torture pregnancy politics marriage suicide death 
Mood:
ambiguous ending nightmare 
Locations:
jewish cemetery paris france texas india france airport taxi boat cemetery helicopter hotel school train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
grandmother granddaughter relationship american german french catholic waitress reference to god writer photographer dancer policeman teacher prostitute singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police  (See All)
Story:
sightseeing boat cd player trappist monk german occupation manic depression self help book book signing waking nightmare recurring nightmare helicopter crash following a dream recurring dream marriage counseling dancing on the roof of a car dancing on table academic masters degree reference to nina simone sacre coeur paris lost relationship brief encounter dialogue driven storyline disarmament simultaneity chemical weapon notre dame cathedral strained relationship reference to moby dick conversations new york university aneurysm delicatessen new beginning catharsis flea connection seine river sightseeing budapest hungary ambiguity photojournalist broadway death of grandmother waltz telephone number warsaw poland imperialism optimism chance meeting astrology metro reference to albert einstein horniness globalization vienna austria sunrise cd unhappiness drum eiffel tower paris editor bitterness deportation journal publisher monastery heartbreak joy global warming marital problem environmentalism thirty something songwriter one day bookstore drummer cynicism explosive suffering reincarnation buddhist promise picnic s&m monk fate virginity improvisation therapist communist guitarist happiness jogging tourist desire tea therapy obscene finger gesture reunion sadness long take scar reading passion storytelling umbrella spirituality author park pain spanking coffin human rights woman band candle journalist manhattan new york city guitar cafe lingerie running second part lie book condom cat blonde dream song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking sex scene flashback sequel gun violence  (See All)

Before Sunrise (1995)
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Before Sunrise (1995)

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. So they pass the time before his scheduled flight the next morning together. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? (Read More)

Themes:
memory pregnancy marriage suicide death 
Locations:
paris france cemetery hotel train restaurant 
Characters:
american german french writer photographer dancer singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
brief encounter dialogue driven storyline simultaneity conversations connection sightseeing budapest hungary ambiguity chance meeting vienna austria sunrise unhappiness drum one day drummer reincarnation promise improvisation communist guitarist happiness tourist long take reading park woman journalist guitar cafe lie book cat song singing dancing cigarette smoking  (See All)

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Closer (2004)
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Closer (2004)

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
photography depression anger marriage 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
airport taxi hotel restaurant new york city 
Characters:
american waitress writer photographer dancer policeman prostitute boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
dialogue driven storyline chance meeting editor publisher suffering happiness desire tea park journalist manhattan new york city cafe lie book dancing cigarette smoking sex scene flashback  (See All)

Caché (2005)
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Caché (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:
hope loneliness memory politics marriage suicide 
Mood:
ambiguous ending nightmare 
Locations:
paris france france school 
Characters:
writer policeman teacher mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
seine river ambiguity globalization publisher bookstore long take scar reading storytelling author running lie book dream cell phone violence  (See All)

Before Midnight (2013) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Before Midnight (2013)

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send his teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. (Read More)

Themes:
hope anger memory marriage death 
Locations:
paris france airport hotel train 
Characters:
american french reference to god writer photographer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
unhappiness songwriter promise happiness passion storytelling author woman lie condom cat dream cell phone sequel 

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Persepolis (2007)
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Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:
depression anger memory wedding torture politics marriage death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
paris france france airport taxi cemetery school restaurant 
Characters:
grandmother granddaughter relationship reference to god dancer policeman teacher prostitute boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
vienna austria suffering virginity therapist communist therapy obscene finger gesture reading storytelling pain woman cafe running lie book cat dream dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

Bitter Moon (1992)
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Bitter Moon (1992)

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. (Read More)

Themes:
wedding pregnancy marriage suicide death 
Locations:
paris france india restaurant 
Characters:
american french waitress writer dancer prostitute 
Story:
notre dame cathedral eiffel tower paris cynicism picnic s&m passion storytelling umbrella author spanking woman band candle cafe dancing cigarette smoking flashback gun  (See All)

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)
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Paris, Je T'aime (2006)

Paris, je t'aime is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers have five minutes each; the audience must weave a single narrative out of twenty moments. The 20 moments are fused by transitional interstitial sequences and also via the introduction and epilogue. Each transition begins with the last shot of the previous film and ends with the first shot of the following film, extending the enchantment and the emotion of the previous segment, preparing the audience for a surprise, and providing a cohesive atmosphere. There's a reappearing mysterious character who is a witness to the Parisian life. A common theme of Paris and love fuses all. (Read More)

Themes:
depression loneliness memory pregnancy marriage death 
Locations:
paris france france taxi cemetery restaurant 
Characters:
photographer prostitute singer mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
seine river telephone number metro eiffel tower paris guitarist tourist obscene finger gesture sadness long take storytelling park woman guitar cafe running cat cell phone singing cigarette smoking sex scene flashback  (See All)

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Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:
depression anger death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
cemetery school restaurant 
Characters:
reference to god dancer teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
joy songwriter drummer guitarist desire tea sadness reading band guitar cafe running lie book dream song singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

Munich (2005)
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Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:
cancer memory pregnancy politics marriage suicide death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
paris france airport taxi boat helicopter hotel train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
american german french catholic reference to god writer dancer singer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
eiffel tower paris editor explosive reunion umbrella band candle journalist manhattan new york city cafe running cat song singing dancing cigarette smoking gun flashback violence  (See All)

Two Days In Paris (2007)
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Two Days In Paris (2007)

2 Jours - 2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple - a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack - as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out, - they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English-speaking parents, flirtatious ex-boyfriends, and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire. Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing? (Read More)

Themes:
anger 
Locations:
paris france taxi train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
american french writer photographer dancer prostitute boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
metro eiffel tower paris thirty something improvisation tourist cafe lie condom cat cell phone dancing cigarette smoking flashback 

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Ikiru (1952)
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Ikiru (1952)

Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realises that his limited time left is not just for living life to the full but to leave something meaningful behind... (Read More)

Themes:
cancer depression loneliness politics marriage suicide death 
Locations:
train restaurant 
Characters:
writer dancer prostitute singer mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
buddhist happiness sadness passion umbrella park pain band candle cafe dream song singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:
photography loneliness anger memory magic death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
paris france france cemetery school train restaurant 
Characters:
french writer photographer dancer policeman mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
notre dame cathedral connection seine river eiffel tower paris bookstore happiness sadness reading passion author cafe running book cat dream dancing flashback  (See All)

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college. (Read More)

Themes:
memory wedding politics marriage 
Locations:
taxi school train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
waitress writer photographer dancer teacher prostitute singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship 
Story:
unhappiness thirty something communist happiness scar storytelling passion woman manhattan new york city cafe lie book song singing dancing cigarette smoking  (See All)

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The Wages Of Fear (1953)
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The Wages Of Fear (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:
memory suicide death 
Locations:
airport taxi cemetery restaurant 
Characters:
american german french catholic waitress photographer dancer policeman singer father son relationship police 
Story:
drum drummer explosive guitarist tourist candle guitar cafe running song singing dancing cigarette smoking gun 

Another Year (2010)
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Another Year (2010)

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

Themes:
depression loneliness anger memory wedding pregnancy death 
Locations:
paris france taxi train restaurant 
Characters:
reference to god boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
seine river unhappiness heartbreak therapist happiness tea therapy sadness reading coffin cafe cigarette smoking 

Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:
memory wedding pregnancy marriage death 
Locations:
taxi cemetery restaurant new york city 
Characters:
grandmother granddaughter relationship photographer policeman teacher singer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
reincarnation jogging coffin manhattan new york city cafe running lie song cell phone singing cigarette smoking flashback 

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Prime (2005)
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Prime (2005)

In colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan, Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer reeling from a recent divorce, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter recently out of college. Rafi's therapist, Dr. Lisa Metzger, who is working to help Rafi overcome her fears of intimacy, finds out that Rafi's new lover is--unfortunately for Lisa--her only son, David. Both David and Rafi must contend with their 14-year age gap, vastly different backgrounds and the demands of David's traditional mother. Despite their intense attraction, the charmed couple soon realizes that vastly different ages and backgrounds create much conflict. A Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter who still lives with his grandparents, David has little in common with Rafi--a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy, broken family who travels in the sophisticated, high-end world of fashion. (Read More)

Themes:
photography anger politics marriage death 
Locations:
paris france taxi restaurant new york city 
Characters:
catholic photographer dancer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
death of grandmother warsaw poland thirty something therapist therapy reading woman candle manhattan new york city cafe lie book cat cell phone dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

Chungking Express (1994)
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Chungking Express (1994)

Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness memory death 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
airport hotel train restaurant 
Characters:
dancer policeman boyfriend girlfriend relationship police 
Story:
cd player simultaneity new beginning ambiguity optimism cd heartbreak promise fate jogging long take candle cafe condom cat dancing cigarette smoking sex scene gun  (See All)

Adore (2013)
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Adore (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness memory wedding pregnancy marriage death 
Locations:
france cemetery hotel 
Characters:
grandmother granddaughter relationship reference to god dancer singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
happiness tea reunion sadness running lie book blonde dream song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback 

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The Great Beauty (2013) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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The Great Beauty (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:
memory wedding suicide death 
Characters:
catholic writer dancer prostitute singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
editor guitarist jogging tourist tea sadness passion umbrella spirituality park coffin candle journalist guitar lie book song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

The Tree Of Life (2011)
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The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
hope photography memory pregnancy marriage death 
Locations:
texas cemetery school restaurant 
Characters:
catholic waitress reference to god policeman mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
marital problem suffering promise guitarist reading storytelling pain coffin candle guitar cafe lingerie running lie book cat cell phone dancing flashback  (See All)

Once (2007)
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Once (2007)

An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
hope 
Locations:
airport restaurant 
Characters:
grandmother granddaughter relationship singer mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
cd player cd songwriter drummer guitarist band candle guitar cafe song singing cigarette smoking 

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Garden State (2004)
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Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:
depression loneliness suicide 
Locations:
airport cemetery hotel restaurant 
Characters:
reference to god writer dancer policeman prostitute singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
unhappiness fate improvisation tea sadness reading storytelling pain coffin guitar cafe lie song singing dancing cigarette smoking sex scene gun  (See All)

Lovelace (2013) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Lovelace (2013)

Themes:
marriage death 
Locations:
airport taxi hotel restaurant new york city 
Characters:
catholic reference to god writer photographer dancer policeman prostitute singer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
publisher suffering passion pain band cafe running song singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback violence gun 

A Man Called Ove (2015)
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A Man Called Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer anger memory wedding pregnancy death 
Locations:
cemetery hotel train restaurant 
Characters:
french reference to god photographer dancer policeman teacher mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
bitterness promise fate jogging coffin candle journalist cafe running lie book cat dancing flashback 

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The English Patient (1996)
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The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and di… (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
memory torture marriage suicide death 
Locations:
india train restaurant 
Characters:
german french reference to god photographer dancer singer 
Story:
budapest hungary monastery suffering promise tea reading passion pain woman candle cafe running lie book dream song singing dancing cigarette smoking sex scene gun flashback  (See All)

Crazy Heart (2009)
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Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:
hope loneliness memory 
Locations:
texas taxi train 
Characters:
writer photographer dancer singer mother son relationship 
Story:
new beginning cd songwriter guitarist reunion band journalist guitar song singing dancing cigarette smoking 

New York, I Love You (2008) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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New York, I Love You (2008)

Eleven vignettes, all homages to New York City life, are presented. I. Ben, a pickpocket, is attracted to Molly on first sight, and gets into an interesting "pissing match" with Molly's married lover, NYU professor Garry. II. Mansuhkhbai, an orthodox Jain diamond wholesaler, and Rifka, an orthodox Jewish diamond retailer who is getting married tomorrow, learn that they have more in common than just diamonds. III. David, a musician and music editor for a video being directed by Abarra, is having problems meeting Abarra's demands while he slowly falls for Abarra's assistant, Camille, who he's never met but has only talked to on the telephone solely about work. IV. A young man believes he's made a powerful connection to a stranger, a young woman, in the simple act of lighting her cigarette, and proceeds to convince her of the same and as such that there is a future for them from that point on, and not at some unspecified time down the road. V. A high school senior, who has been dumped by his girlfriend just before senior prom, is given a gift by his local pharmacist, Mr. Riccoli, the senior not understanding the full implication of the gift until the full process of prom night is over. VI. Each on their way to their first official date together after what started out solely as a one night stand, Gus and Lydia each contemplate not keeping the date. VII. Isabelle, a retired opera diva, has returned to a hotel where she's stayed many times and where she has strong memories of encou… (Read More)

Themes:
memory wedding marriage death 
Locations:
paris france india taxi hotel school restaurant new york city 
Characters:
french writer photographer dancer teacher prostitute singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
new york university connection editor virginity reading umbrella park woman manhattan new york city cafe book song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking sex scene flashback  (See All)

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Jules And Jim (1962)
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Jules And Jim (1962)

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. (Read More)

Themes:
pregnancy marriage suicide 
Locations:
paris france france cemetery train 
Characters:
german french writer prostitute singer mother daughter relationship 
Story:
seine river eiffel tower paris guitarist coffin woman cafe running song singing cigarette smoking 

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
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Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:
anger pregnancy marriage 
Locations:
france taxi hotel restaurant 
Characters:
reference to god dancer policeman teacher prostitute boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
horniness drummer virginity therapist jogging umbrella woman band manhattan new york city cafe lingerie lie dancing cigarette smoking flashback 

Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:
photography cancer anger wedding pregnancy marriage death 
Locations:
airport hotel new york city 
Characters:
writer mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
book signing bitterness marital problem bookstore desire sadness author woman manhattan new york city lingerie lie book cat cell phone cigarette smoking sex scene violence flashback  (See All)

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Beginners (2010) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Beginners (2010)

It's 2003. Thirty-eight-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal Fields to cancer, after Oliver's mother Georgia Fields passed away five years earlier. Oliver is naturally a sullen man due to his growing up relationships with his parents (his mother who had a unique view on life) and watching his parents' cordial but somewhat distant relationship with each other, but is more so now because of his personal family losses. Oliver embarks on a relationship with Anna, a French actress, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life during that time, will show Oliver how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a joie de vivre that did not exist before, which included an open relationship with a much younger man named Andy. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including Anna's own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver needing to take care of who was originally Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier, Arthur. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer depression loneliness memory wedding marriage death 
Locations:
taxi hotel new york city 
Characters:
french dancer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
unhappiness bookstore therapist happiness tea therapy sadness reading park running lie book cell phone dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

All Good Things (2010)
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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Themes:
depression wedding pregnancy marriage suicide death 
Locations:
paris france taxi boat train restaurant new york city 
Characters:
writer photographer dancer singer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
telephone number therapist jogging therapy umbrella manhattan new york city cafe running song singing dancing cigarette smoking sex scene gun violence flashback  (See All)

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:
cancer depression loneliness memory suicide 
Locations:
restaurant 
Characters:
catholic reference to god writer photographer dancer policeman teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
unhappiness suffering buddhist promise virginity happiness sadness reading pain candle cafe running book condom singing dancing flashback  (See All)

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The Sessions (2012)
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The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Locations:
hotel restaurant 
Characters:
catholic reference to god writer prostitute singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
promise picnic therapist sadness reading spirituality pain coffin woman cafe running book cat blonde song singing cigarette smoking sex scene flashback  (See All)

The Hundred-foot Journey (2014) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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The Hundred-foot Journey (2014)

The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever. (Read More)

Themes:
memory 
Locations:
paris france india france taxi hotel train restaurant 
Characters:
french reference to god dancer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
unhappiness eiffel tower paris happiness umbrella spirituality pain woman candle cell phone dancing flashback violence 

The Visitor (2007)
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The Visitor (2007)

In Connecticut, lonely widowed Professor Walter Vale has a boring life. He teaches only one class at the local college and is trying to learn how to play the piano, despite not having the necessary musical talent. Walter is assigned to attend a conference about Global Policy and Development at New York University, where he is to give a lecture about a paper on which he is co-author. When he arrives at his apartment in New York, he finds Tarek Khalil, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, a Senegalese street vendor, living there. He sympathizes with the situation of the illegal immigrants and invites the couple to stay with him. Tarek invites him to go to his gig at Jules Live Jazz. Walter is fascinated with his African drum and Tarek offers to teach Walter to play the drum. However, after an incident in the subway, Tarek is arrested by the police and sent to a detention center for illegal immigrants. Walter has just hired a lawyer to defend Tarek when, out of the blue, Tarek's mother Mouna arrives at the apartment from Michigan. He invites her to stay in Tarek's room and while trying to get Tarek released, Walter and Mouna get close to each other and he finds reasons to feel life can be exciting and worth living again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
loneliness 
Locations:
airport taxi restaurant new york city 
Characters:
writer dancer policeman teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
new york university cd drum deportation drummer umbrella author park manhattan new york city cafe book song cell phone singing dancing 

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The Water Diviner (2014)
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The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:
hope anger magic marriage suicide death 
Locations:
boat hotel train 
Characters:
german dancer prostitute singer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
unhappiness promise fate tea umbrella coffin band candle running lie book song singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback gun violence  (See All)

The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
depression loneliness 
Locations:
school train new york city 
Characters:
dancer policeman mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
cd marital problem virginity therapist guitarist therapy obscene finger gesture reading park candle manhattan new york city guitar book condom dream dancing cigarette smoking gun  (See All)

Tokyo Story (1953) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Tokyo Story (1953)

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

Themes:
loneliness memory marriage death 
Locations:
boat cemetery hotel school train 
Characters:
waitress policeman teacher singer mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
sightseeing happiness tea reunion sadness reading umbrella lie dream song singing cigarette smoking 

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Sing Street (2016)
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Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Locations:
boat school train 
Characters:
french catholic reference to god dancer teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
manic depression marital problem songwriter drummer picnic guitarist happiness obscene finger gesture sadness band lie song singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
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Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Three students and a school teacher disappear on an excursion to Hanging Rock, in Victoria, on Valentine's Day, 1900. Widely (and incorrectly) regarded as being based on a true story, the movie follows those that disappeared, and those that stayed behind, but it delights in the asking of questions, not the answering of them. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
suicide death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
french photographer policeman teacher singer police 
Story:
sightseeing ambiguity picnic virginity tourist scar reading umbrella woman book blonde dream song singing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

August Rush (2007)
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August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:
pregnancy 
Locations:
taxi school restaurant new york city 
Characters:
dancer singer mother son relationship father son relationship police 
Story:
following a dream brief encounter chance meeting fate guitarist band manhattan new york city guitar cafe lie song singing dancing flashback 

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The Air I Breathe (2007) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
torture pregnancy suicide death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
airport helicopter restaurant 
Characters:
photographer dancer policeman prostitute singer police 
Story:
reference to moby dick cd joy happiness sadness scar passion umbrella cafe lingerie running song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback violence gun  (See All)

Greenberg (2010)
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Greenberg (2010)

We like Florence: she's considerate, sweet, pretty, and terrific with kids and dogs. She's twenty-five, personal assistant to an L.A. family that's off on vacation. Her boss's brother comes in from New York City, fresh from a stay at an asylum, to take care of the house. He's Roger, a forty-year-old carpenter, gone from L.A. for fifteen years. He arrives, doesn't drive, and needs Florence's help, especially with the family's dog. He's also connecting with former band-mates - two men and one woman with whom he has a history. He over-analyzes, has a short fuse, and doesn't laugh at himself easily. As he navigates past and present, he's his own saboteur. And what of Florence? is Roger one more responsibility for her or something else? (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
depression anger memory pregnancy death 
Locations:
taxi restaurant new york city 
Characters:
singer mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
cd player cd songwriter guitarist storytelling pain woman band candle manhattan new york city guitar cafe song cell phone singing cigarette smoking sex scene  (See All)

Happy-go-lucky (2008)
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Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? (Read More)

Themes:
pregnancy 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
dancer teacher singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
optimism thirty something bookstore improvisation happiness long take park woman running lie book song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking  (See All)

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Anonymous (2011)
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Anonymous (2011)

Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, is presented as the real author of Shakespeare's works. Edward's life is followed through flashbacks from a young child, through to the end of his life. He is portrayed as a child prodigy who writes and performs A Midsummer Night's Dream for a young Elizabeth I. A series of events sees his plays being performed by a frontman, Shakespeare. (Read More)

Themes:
wedding torture pregnancy politics marriage death 
Locations:
boat new york city 
Characters:
french catholic reference to god writer dancer prostitute singer father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
picnic umbrella author pain candle manhattan new york city book dream song singing dancing sex scene flashback 

Definitely, Maybe (2008) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
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Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage. Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love. Will's story begins in 1992, as a young, starry-eyed aspiring politician who moves to New York from Wisconsin in order to work on the Clinton campaign. For Maya, Will relives his past as a idealistic young man learning the ins and outs of big city politics, and recounts the history of his romantic relationships with three very different women. On the campaign, Will's best buddy is Russell McCormack. They not only have similar political aspirations, they share the same type of girl problems, too. Will hopelessly attempts a "PG" version of his story for his daughter ad changes the names so Maya has to guess who he finally married. Is her mother Will's college sweetheart, the dependable girl next-door Emily? Is she his longtime best friend and confidante, the apolitical April? Or is she the free-spirited but ambitious journalist? As Maya puts together the pieces of her dad's romantic puzzle, she begins to understand that love is not so simple or easy. And as Will tells her his tale, Maya helps him to understand that it's definitely never too late to go back...and maybe even possible to find a happy ending. (Read More)

Themes:
hope pregnancy politics marriage 
Locations:
taxi hotel school restaurant new york city 
Characters:
writer dancer singer boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother daughter relationship 
Story:
new york university cd bookstore jogging reading storytelling woman journalist manhattan new york city cafe book song cell phone singing dancing cigarette smoking flashback  (See All)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film 
Themes:
memory politics death 
Mood:
nightmare 
Locations:
france airport taxi cemetery hotel restaurant 
Characters:
german reference to god dancer policeman prostitute singer father son relationship mother son relationship police 
Story:
heartbreak suffering sadness storytelling coffin band cafe lie condom dream song singing dancing cigarette smoking gun violence flashback  (See All)

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