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Before Sunset (2004)
Drama, Romance

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)

Themes:hope, cancer, depression, loneliness, anger, memory, magic, wedding, torture, politics, marriage, suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:texas, india, france, airport, boat, cemetery, hotel, school, restaurant
Characters:american, german, french, catholic, waitress, writer, photographer, dancer, policeman, teacher, prostitute, singer
Story:sightseeing boat, cd player, trappist monk, german occupation, manic depression, self help book, book signing, jewish cemetery, waking nightmare, recurring nightmare, helicopter crash, following a dream, recurring dream, paris france, book, marriage counseling, dancing on the roof of a car, dancing on table, academic masters degree, reference to nina simone

Before Sunrise (1995)
Drama, Romance

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, marriage, suicide
Locations:france, airport, cemetery, hotel, restaurant
Characters:american, french, german, writer, photographer, dancer, singer
Story:connection, train, tourist, paris france, brief encounter, dialogue driven storyline, simultaneity, conversations, sightseeing, budapest hungary, ambiguity, chance meeting, vienna austria, sunrise, unhappiness, drum, one day, drummer, reincarnation, promise

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

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
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france, airport, cemetery, school, restaurant
Characters:dancer, policeman, teacher, prostitute
Story:paris france, vienna austria, suffering, grandmother granddaughter relationship, virginity, therapist, communist, therapy, obscene finger gesture, reading, storytelling, pain, woman, cafe, running, reference to god, lie, taxi, book, cat

Closer (2004)
Drama, Romance

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)

Themes:depression, anger, marriage
Locations:airport, hotel, restaurant
Characters:photographer, american, waitress, writer, dancer, policeman, prostitute
Story:journalist, book, dialogue driven storyline, chance meeting, editor, publisher, ambiguous ending, suffering, happiness, desire, tea, park, photography, woman, manhattan new york city, cafe, lie, taxi, new york city, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

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
Mood:nightmare
Locations:cemetery, school, restaurant
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Story:joy, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, desire, tea, sadness, reading, band, guitar, cafe, running, reference to god, lie, book, dream, song, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing

2 Days In Paris (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

2 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? This is why 2 Days In Paris (2007) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

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

Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

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
Locations:restaurant
Story:paris france, seine river, unhappiness, heartbreak, therapist, happiness, tea, therapy, sadness, reading, coffin, cafe, reference to god, taxi, pregnancy, train, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (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
Characters:catholic, writer, dancer, prostitute, singer
Story:journalist, editor, guitarist, jogging, tourist, tea, sadness, passion, umbrella, spirituality, park, coffin, candle, guitar, lie, book, song, cell phone, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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

Lovelace (2013)

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

Before Midnight (2013)
Drama, Romance

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
Locations:airport, hotel
Characters:american, french, writer, photographer
Story:paris france, train, unhappiness, songwriter, bookstore, promise, happiness, storytelling, passion, author, woman, reference to god, lie, book, condom, cat, dream, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship

Cache (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cache (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. This is why Cache (2005) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

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

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (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, marriage
Locations:cemetery, hotel
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship, happiness, tea, reunion, sadness, running, reference to god, lie, book, blonde, dream, pregnancy, song, cell phone, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

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
Locations:restaurant
Characters:writer, dancer, prostitute, singer
Story:buddhist, happiness, sadness, passion, umbrella, park, pain, woman, band, candle, cafe, dream, song, train, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

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
Locations:hotel, boat
Characters:german, dancer, prostitute, singer
Story:unhappiness, promise, fate, tea, umbrella, coffin, woman, band, candle, running, lie, book, song, train, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

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

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

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

New York, I Love You (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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 encounters with a young bellhop. VIII. In brown skinned Dante and white skinned young adolescent Teya spending time together in a park, most outsiders see a manny and his charge, not realizing the true nature of Dante and Teya's relationship. IX. In questioning why one of her elderly Eastern European customers chose her as the wanted subject for his next painting, a young Chinese herbalist may be inspired to create some art of her own. X. Anna, who meets Alex by chance on the street each going about their individual business, asks him a question, she having an ulterior motive while expecting a totally different reaction from him contrary to her motive... maybe. XI. Abe and Mitzie are spending their 63rd wedding anniversary together, not always harmoniously. Interspersed between these eleven vignettes are even shorter ones, often tying together to another or to one of the eleven primary ones in some manner. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, memory, marriage, suicide
Locations:india, hotel, school, restaurant
Characters:writer, french, photographer, dancer, teacher, prostitute, singer
Story:park, woman, paris france, new york university, connection, editor, virginity, reading, umbrella, manhattan new york city, cafe, taxi, book, song, cell phone, new york city, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking

The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

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)

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

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

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)

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

Bitter Moon (1992) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

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. This is why Bitter Moon (1992) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

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

Anonymous (2011)
Drama, Thriller

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

Paris, Je T'aime (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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, marriage
Locations:france, cemetery, restaurant
Characters:american, photographer, prostitute, singer
Story:paris france, seine river, telephone number, metro, eiffel tower paris, guitarist, tourist, obscene finger gesture, sadness, long take, storytelling, park, woman, guitar, cafe, running, taxi, cat, pregnancy, cell phone

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (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
Locations:airport, cemetery, restaurant
Characters:american, german, french, catholic, waitress, photographer, dancer, policeman, singer
Story:drum, drummer, explosive, guitarist, tourist, candle, guitar, cafe, running, taxi, song, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, police, death, gun

Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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:hope, depression, loneliness, suicide
Locations:airport, cemetery, hotel, restaurant
Characters:writer, dancer, policeman, prostitute, singer
Story:pain, unhappiness, joy, fate, improvisation, tea, sadness, reading, storytelling, coffin, guitar, cafe, reference to god, lie, song, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

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? This is why Sing Street (2016) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

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

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

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, politics, marriage, suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:airport, boat, hotel, restaurant
Characters:american, german, french, catholic, writer, dancer, singer
Story:paris france, eiffel tower paris, editor, explosive, reunion, umbrella, band, candle, journalist, manhattan new york city, cafe, running, reference to god, taxi, cat, helicopter, pregnancy, song, train, new york city

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:memory, magic, suicide
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france, boat
Characters:french, writer, dancer, policeman, singer
Story:paris france, drummer, long take, park, band, guitar, running, lie, taxi, book, dream, song, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, father son relationship, independent film, police

Swimming Pool (2003) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Swimming Pool (2003)

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. (Read More)

Locations:france, airport, restaurant
Characters:french, writer, policeman
Story:ambiguity, editor, publisher, ambiguous ending, desire, scar, passion, author, cafe, lingerie, book, blonde, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, sex scene, death, police, flashback

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by.

Mood:nightmare
Locations:cemetery, restaurant
Characters:american, french, dancer, policeman, teacher, prostitute
Story:cd player, deportation, fate, reading, park, woman, candle, cafe, book, dream, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, independent film, flashback, gun, violence, death, police

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. This is why Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

Themes:cancer, wedding, torture, marriage, suicide
Locations:cemetery, restaurant
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman, singer
Story:horniness, cynicism, suffering, promise, therapist, tea, long take, umbrella, pain, spanking, band, reference to god, lie, taxi, song, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

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 diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:memory, torture, politics, marriage, suicide
Locations:india, restaurant
Characters:german, french, photographer, dancer, singer
Story:budapest hungary, monastery, suffering, promise, tea, reading, passion, pain, woman, candle, cafe, running, reference to god, lie, book, dream, song, train, singing, dancing

Prime (2005) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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:anger, politics, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:catholic, photographer, dancer
Story:therapist, woman, paris france, death of grandmother, warsaw poland, thirty something, therapy, reading, photography, candle, manhattan new york city, cafe, lie, taxi, book, cat, cell phone, new york city, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing

Once (2007)
Drama, Music, Romance

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)

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

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

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

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Drama

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. This is why Mona Lisa Smile (2003) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

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

Broken Flowers (2005) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Broken Flowers (2005)

The resolutely single Don Johnston has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don resigns himself to being alone yet again and left to his own devices. Instead, he is compelled to reflect on his past when he receives by mail a mysterious pink letter. It is from an anonymous former lover and informs him that he has a 19-year-old son who may now be looking for his father. Don is urged to investigate this "mystery" by his closest friend and neighbor, Winston, an amateur sleuth and family man. Hesitant to travel at all, Don nonetheless embarks on a cross-country trek in search of clues from four former flames. Unannounced visits to each of these unique women hold new surprises for Don as he haphazardly confronts both his past and, consequently, his present. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, memory, marriage
Mood:nightmare
Locations:france, airport, cemetery, hotel
Characters:waitress, writer, photographer, policeman
Story:ambiguous ending, buddhist, passion, storytelling, author, woman, cat, dream, pregnancy, cell phone, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

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)

Themes:hope, memory, marriage
Locations:texas, cemetery, school, restaurant
Characters:catholic, waitress, policeman
Story:marital problem, suffering, promise, guitarist, reading, storytelling, pain, photography, coffin, candle, guitar, cafe, lingerie, running, reference to god, lie, book, cat, pregnancy, cell phone

Happiness (1998)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, suicide
Locations:restaurant
Characters:teacher
Story:connection, metro, unhappiness, therapist, happiness, therapy, park, woman, guitar, taxi, dream, singing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, independent film, flashback, police, gun

Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007)
Biography, Drama

Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon (2007)

Forty-three year old Elle magazine editor 'Jean-Dominique Bauby' (qv) - Jean-Do to his friends - awakens not knowing where he is. He is in a Berck-sur-Mer hospital, where he has been for the past several weeks in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. Although his cognitive facilities are in tact, he quickly learns that he has what is called locked-in syndrome which has resulted in him being almost completely paralyzed, including not being able to speak. One of his few functioning muscles is his left eye. His physical situation and hospitalization uncomfortably bring together the many people in his life, including: Celine Desmoulins, his ex-lover and mother of his children; Ines, his current lover; and his aged father who he calls Papinou. Among his compassionate recuperative team are his physical therapist Marie, and his speech therapist Henriette. Henriette eventually teaches him to communicate using a system where he spells out words: she reads out the letters of the alphabet in descending order of their use in the French language, and he blinks his functioning left eye when she reaches the appropriate letter. Although frustrating at start, he learns to communicate effectively but slowly using this method, so much so that with the help of Claude, a full time translator, he decides on the monumental and seemingly impossible task to keep to his pre-injury commitment of writing a book, changing its focus to life in his current state. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, memory, marriage
Locations:france, boat, restaurant
Characters:french, writer, photographer, dancer, singer
Story:editor, suffering, therapist, paris france, book, eiffel tower paris, publisher, reading, spirituality, cafe, dream, song, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, flashback

Paranoid Park (2007) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. This is why Paranoid Park (2007) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

Themes:anger, memory
Locations:boat, school
Characters:teacher
Story:journal, obscene finger gesture, long take, umbrella, park, cafe, running, blonde, cell phone, train, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, independent film, death, flashback, police

Happy-go-lucky (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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)

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

Beginners (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

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
Locations:hotel
Characters:french, dancer
Story:unhappiness, bookstore, therapist, happiness, tea, therapy, sadness, reading, park, running, lie, taxi, book, cell phone, new york city, dancing, death, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)
Drama, Romance

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, wedding, politics, marriage
Locations:restaurant
Characters:waitress, writer, photographer, policeman, singer
Story:editor, communist, happiness, tea, reading, passion, photography, band, cafe, dream, train, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, independent film, flashback, violence, police, death

Gifted (2017) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:anger, suicide
Locations:boat, school, restaurant
Characters:dancer, teacher, singer
Story:connection, reference to albert einstein, promise, grandmother granddaughter relationship, happiness, sadness, woman, running, reference to god, taxi, cat, song, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, death

The Visitor (2007)
Drama

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. This is why The Visitor (2007) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004). (Read More)

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

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Themes:hope, depression, marriage
Locations:hotel
Characters:photographer, dancer, policeman, singer
Story:paris france, grandmother granddaughter relationship, obscene finger gesture, band, manhattan new york city, guitar, taxi, helicopter, song, new york city, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, independent film, death, police

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, wedding, torture, marriage, suicide
Locations:hotel, restaurant
Characters:dancer, prostitute, singer
Story:reference to albert einstein, songwriter, explosive, long take, coffin, manhattan new york city, reference to god, dream, pregnancy, song, new york city, singing, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother son relationship, father son relationship, flashback, death, gun, violence

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like Before Sunset (2004)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:anger
Locations:hotel
Characters:teacher, singer
Story:following a dream, drummer, virginity, guitarist, obscene finger gesture, reading, band, journalist, guitar, running, book, blonde, song, new york city, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, cigarette smoking, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

Marie Antoinette (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Marie Antoinette (2006)

"All eyes will be on you," says the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa to her youngest daughter Marie Antoinette. The film, marketed for a teen audience, is an impressionistic retelling of Marie Antoinette's life as a young queen in the opulent and eccentric court at Versailles. The film focuses on Marie Antoinette, as she matures from a teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, marriage
Locations:france
Characters:french, catholic, dancer, prostitute, singer
Story:woman, paris france, vienna austria, sunrise, reading, storytelling, coffin, candle, lie, book, song, singing, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, death

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