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Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, theft, corruption, politics, religion, marriage, friendship
Locations:france, village, bicycle, boat, cemetery, snow, church, school, bar
Characters:mayor, catholic, christian, thief, priest, writer, musician, dancer, girl, boy, friend, nudity
Period:1950s
Story:throwing cremated ashes to the wind, chocolate, catholic church, lent, self righteousness, boat on fire, hot chocolate, gypsy camp, public morality, battered woman, cafe owner, guitar player, fictional village, letter opener, old woman, tween girl, food in title, church bell, fire eater, imaginary friend

Doubt (2008)
Drama, Mystery

Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, religion
Locations:school, bicycle, snow, church
Characters:priest, catholic, christian, dancer, girl, boy
Story:catholic church, old woman, pagan, sermon, wind, irish, gossip, class, storytelling, confession, ritual, eating, prayer, classroom, tears, lie, food, crying, photograph, dancing

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, marriage, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, school, bar
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, girl, friend
Period:1950s
Story:catholic church, irish, gossip, class, flowers, suitcase, graveyard, apology, eating, woman, old man, prayer, classroom, tears, letter, food, female protagonist, crying, photograph, dancing

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:theft, religion, marriage
Locations:bicycle, cemetery, church, school
Characters:catholic, christian, thief, priest, musician, boy
Period:1950s
Story:guitar player, sermon, card playing, wind, stealing, breaking and entering, grandmother grandson relationship, destiny, class, flowers, storytelling, graveyard, apology, eating, guitar, prayer, classroom, cafe, tears, lie

Easy A (2010) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:religion, marriage, friendship
Locations:school, church
Characters:girl, catholic, christian, priest, friend, boy
Story:rumor, lie, letter, guitar player, abstinence, confessional, bloody nose, gossip, class, confession, woman, guitar, prayer, classroom, cafe, tears, female protagonist, crying, party, photograph

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. This is why Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:school
Characters:musician, dancer, girl
Story:old woman, old people's home, nursing home, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, class, domestic violence, injection, flowers, suitcase, apology, eating, montage, old man, prayer, classroom, cafe, tears, food, crying

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, theft, marriage, friendship
Locations:boat, cemetery, school, bar
Characters:thief, priest, dancer, boy, friend
Story:kangaroo, burial, stealing, arson, suitcase, storytelling, graveyard, bird, widow, old man, guitar, voice over narration, fire, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title

Sleepers (1996)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:theft, corruption, politics, marriage, friendship
Locations:snow, church, bar
Characters:mayor, catholic, thief, priest, writer, girl, boy, friend
Story:catholic church, vow, wife abuse, confessional, morality, irish, crucifix, class, storytelling, confession, drawing, eating, classroom, cafe, tears, lie, food, crying, voice over narration, photograph

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle, cemetery
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, friend
Story:countryside, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, graveyard, drawing, eating, prayer, tears, lie, food, crying, party, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, dog

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:theft, friendship
Locations:bicycle, boat, cemetery, school
Characters:thief, girl, boy, friend
Story:food, ashes, cremation, burial, stealing, destiny, countryside, graveyard, bird, apology, eating, tears, letter, crying, voice over narration, fire, photograph, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)
Drama

Ladri Di Biciclette (1948)

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job. This is why Ladri Di Biciclette (1948) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:theft
Locations:bicycle, boat, church
Characters:thief, catholic, priest, dancer, boy, friend
Story:catholic church, temptation, crucifix, stealing, eating, old man, guitar, prayer, cafe, tears, lie, food, crying, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, dog

Dogville (2003)
Crime, Drama

Dogville (2003)

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. (Read More)

Themes:theft, friendship
Locations:snow, church
Characters:writer, musician, girl, boy, friend, nudity
Story:old woman, church bell, fable, outsider, arson, eating, montage, woman, classroom, rural setting, tears, small town, food, female protagonist, crying, voice over narration, fire, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:theft, friendship
Locations:boat, snow, church
Characters:thief, musician, girl, friend
Story:drifter, sermon, tradition, countryside, passion, bird, eating, woman, prayer, rural setting, letter, food, knife, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, death, flashback

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Locations:france, church, school
Characters:writer, girl
Story:old woman, letter, chocolate, morality, countryside, flowers, suitcase, passion, confession, apology, eating, woman, cafe, tears, lie, food, crying, voice over narration, fire, photograph

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:religion, marriage
Locations:bicycle, snow, church, bar
Characters:christian, boy
Story:birthday party, slow motion, class, drug addict, drawing, bird, widow, prayer, cafe, tears, food, crying, voice over narration, knife, party, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. This is why The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:religion
Locations:snow, church, bar
Characters:priest, girl, catholic, christian, dancer
Story:reference to satan, crucifix, graveyard, ritual, prayer, cafe, rural setting, letter, female protagonist, knife, photograph, dancing, death, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, flashback

An Education (2009) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Drama

An Education (2009)

In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association Danny and Helen, and specifically how they make their money. Jenny has to decide if what she learns about them and leading such a life is worth forgoing her plans of higher eduction at Oxford. (Read More)

Themes:theft, friendship
Locations:france, bicycle, cemetery, snow, school, bar
Characters:thief, dancer, boy, friend
Story:show, gossip, class, flowers, montage, old man, classroom, cafe, tears, lie, letter, crying, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, f rated, kiss, sex

Changeling (2008)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Locations:church, school
Characters:boy, mayor, girl
Story:drifter, sermon, burial, crucifix, single parent, class, confession, eating, woman, single mother, prayer, classroom, cafe, tears, lie, food, female protagonist, crying, voice over narration, photograph

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:school, bar
Characters:dancer, girl, friend
Story:absent father, class, storytelling, apology, montage, single mother, classroom, tears, lie, crying, voice over narration, party, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, kiss, flashback, sex

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bicycle, cemetery, snow, church, school, bar
Characters:friend
Story:morality, class, flowers, suitcase, confession, graveyard, apology, eating, woman, classroom, cafe, tears, lie, letter, food, crying, voice over narration, fire, photograph, mother daughter relationship

Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. This is why Der Untergang (2004) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:corruption, politics, marriage, friendship
Locations:bicycle, snow
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, friend
Story:old woman, vow, cremation, chocolate, grandfather granddaughter relationship, card playing, grandmother granddaughter relationship, destiny, flowers, statue, drug addict, woman, old man, tears, letter, food, crying, fire, party, photograph

Blow (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Blow (2001)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price. (Read More)

Themes:theft, marriage, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, bar
Characters:thief, musician, dancer, boy, friend
Period:1950s
Story:small business, hair salon, bloody nose, burial, slow motion, suitcase, graveyard, montage, voice over narration, party, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, death, flashback

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:village, boat, snow
Characters:priest, dancer, girl, boy, friend
Story:rebirth, absent father, burial, destiny, ritual, bird, eating, tears, lie, food, crying, voice over narration, fire, knife, dancing, mother son relationship, kiss, death, fight

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:friendship
Locations:france, cemetery, snow, school
Characters:boy, thief, writer, musician, dancer, girl, friend
Story:tween girl, nightshirt, ashes, gypsy, breaking and entering, statue, passion, graveyard, drawing, montage, old man, cafe, tears, food, crying, voice over narration, fire, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship

The Invention Of Lying (2009) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The Invention Of Lying (2009)

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? (Read More)

Themes:theft, religion, marriage, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, church, bar
Characters:thief, writer, boy, friend
Story:old woman, woman, old people's home, atheist, breaking and entering, storytelling, graveyard, apology, montage, old man, cafe, tears, lie, small town, crying, voice over narration, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship, flashback, sex

The Woman In Black (2012)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. This is why The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:village
Characters:girl, boy, friend
Story:woman, fictional village, portrait painting, crucifix, single parent, graveyard, drawing, bird, widow, eating, rural setting, tears, letter, food, crying, fire, photograph, death, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to do - and Trip Fontaine, he who could have any girl he wanted but wanting solely Lux. (Read More)

Locations:school, cemetery
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, girl
Story:tween girl, insulin, rumor, gossip, crucifix, class, passion, storytelling, graveyard, prayer, classroom, tears, crying, voice over narration, party, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, based on novel

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:theft, religion
Locations:boat, cemetery, church
Characters:thief, writer, dancer, girl, boy, nudity
Period:1950s
Story:fire eater, gypsy, magical realism, class, storytelling, graveyard, classroom, rural setting, tears, lie, letter, small town, crying, voice over narration, party, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:theft, marriage, friendship
Locations:bicycle, cemetery, snow, church
Characters:writer, boy, thief, girl, friend
Story:old woman, pastry shop, confessional, bloody nose, class, statue, confession, drawing, widow, eating, montage, old man, tears, letter, food, crying, knife, photograph, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, church
Characters:priest, dancer, girl, boy
Story:flowers, graveyard, eating, cafe, rural setting, small town, food, party, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, sex, death

In Bruges (2008)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Bruges (2008)

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own problems, not only with Harry, but with a Canadian couple and a half-blind thief named Eirik. Ray hopes he can count on both Chloe and Ken to help him carve out a new life for himself. In the end, Harry, involved in an incident with Jimmy, may have to keep to his own principles. This is why In Bruges (2008) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:theft
Locations:church, boat, snow, bar
Characters:thief, priest, friend
Story:irish, lie, penitence, count, confessional, chocolate, morality, confession, apology, eating, woman, cafe, tears, crying, voice over narration, knife, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:theft, politics, marriage, friendship
Characters:christian, thief, dancer, girl
Story:riverboat, portrait painting, card playing, wind, gossip, passion, apology, widow, woman, prayer, tears, lie, letter, food, female protagonist, crying, fire, party, photograph, dancing

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

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:friendship
Locations:school, snow, church
Characters:catholic, priest, writer, dancer, girl, friend, boy
Story:catholic church, imaginary friend, easter, outsider, class, apology, eating, prayer, classroom, cafe, tears, letter, food, crying, voice over narration, knife, party, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship

About A Boy (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

About A Boy (2002)

Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it. Meanwhile, thirty-eight year old Will Freeman is a slacker who has lived comfortably off the royalties of a song written by his deceased father, and as such has never had to work a day in his life. He is a solitary man who places himself as the first and only priority in life. He comes across the idea that dating single moms meets his selfish carnal needs. It is in this capacity that Will meets Marcus, as one of Will's single mother conquests, Suzie, is friends with the Brewers. Trying to escape his life but wanting Will to date Fiona, Marcus infiltrates Will's life, much to Will's chagrin. Will slowly begins to realize that Marcus is more than just a nuisance, but rather someone who needs some guidance navigating through the trials of adolescence and the trials of dealing with a suicidal mother, and perhaps he can be a small part of providing that direction. Conversely, Marcus may be able to show Will the path to becoming a real adult. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:boy, friend
Story:hair salon, show, absent father, slow motion, single parent, class, storytelling, eating, montage, single mother, guitar, classroom, tears, lie, letter, food, crying, voice over narration, mother son relationship, based on novel

Don Jon (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. (Read More)

Themes:religion, friendship
Locations:church
Characters:catholic, priest, friend
Story:birthday party, confessional, confession, prayer, classroom, lie, voice over narration, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, fight, kiss, flashback, sex

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. This is why The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:bicycle, cemetery, bar
Characters:catholic, priest, dancer, friend
Story:catholic church, burial, domestic violence, drug addict, graveyard, woman, tears, small town, crying, fire, party, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, kiss, death, violence, fight

Good Bye Lenin! (2003) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:politics, marriage
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer, girl, boy
Story:cremated remains, absent father, grandmother granddaughter relationship, statue, confession, eating, montage, woman, single mother, tears, lie, letter, food, crying, voice over narration, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, husband wife 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:politics, religion, marriage
Locations:village, bicycle, boat, bar
Characters:catholic, writer, dancer, girl, boy, friend, nudity
Story:self righteousness, righteousness, count, houseboat, breaking and entering, eating, cooking, prayer, cafe, tears, food, crying, knife, photograph, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title

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:theft, politics, marriage, friendship
Locations:bicycle, church, bar
Characters:thief, dancer, friend
Story:count, atheist, wind, injection, statue, passion, drawing, woman, cooking, prayer, cafe, tears, lie, crying, fire, knife, photograph, dancing, death, based on novel

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:boat
Characters:thief, priest, friend
Story:birthday party, count, countess, atheist, pirate, montage, letter, knife, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, flashback

Wedding Crashers (2005) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Comedy, Romance

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys' island estate, and potentially meet the loves of their lives... This is why Wedding Crashers (2005) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:bicycle, cemetery, church
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, friend
Story:old woman, imaginary friend, bloody nose, grandmother granddaughter relationship, irish, flowers, storytelling, confession, graveyard, apology, eating, montage, prayer, party, lie, letter, food, crying, dancing, sex

The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home. (Read More)

Themes:marriage, friendship
Locations:bicycle, cemetery
Characters:dancer, girl, boy, friend
Story:nursing home, woman, class, old woman, burial, passion, bird, widow, old man, classroom, rural setting, tears, letter, food, crying, voice over narration, photograph, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Biography, Drama

Erin Brockovich (2000)

'Erin Brockovich-Ellis' (qv) is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her law firm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:bar
Story:card playing, single parent, class, apology, eating, montage, woman, single mother, cafe, tears, lie, small town, food, female protagonist, crying, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:theft
Locations:bicycle, church, bar
Characters:christian, thief, girl, friend
Story:woman, hair dryer, burial, eating, tears, lie, food, female protagonist, crying, voice over narration, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, f rated, death, kiss, sex, violence

The Godfather: Part III (1990) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Crime, Drama

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Locations:church
Characters:catholic, priest
Story:catholic church, confessional, festival, destiny, confession, woman, prayer, party, dancing, father daughter relationship, death, violence, flashback

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 Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:theft, marriage
Locations:cemetery, church, bar
Characters:dancer, girl
Story:candy store, abusive husband, bloody nose, flowers, suitcase, confession, apology, eating, lie, food, voice over narration, knife, party, photograph, dancing, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, violence

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)
Drama, Mystery

Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin (2011)

Nader ('Payman Maadi' (qv)) and Simin ('Leila Hatami' (qv)) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. (Read More)

Themes:theft, religion, marriage
Locations:school
Characters:thief, girl
Story:seventy something, wife leaves husband, grandfather granddaughter relationship, bloody nose, class, domestic violence, suitcase, confession, drawing, apology, woman, old man, tears, lie, crying, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, f rated

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:village, bicycle, snow, bar
Characters:writer, girl, boy, friend
Story:nursing home, old people's home, grandfather granddaughter relationship, apology, eating, old man, prayer, cafe, tears, letter, food, crying, photograph, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, based on novel, f rated, death, kiss, fight

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, marriage
Locations:church
Characters:musician, dancer, boy
Period:1950s
Story:birthday party, suitcase, drug addict, montage, single mother, guitar, tears, lie, crying, dancing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, one word title, dog, fight, flashback, kiss, sex, death

Milk (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice, politics, friendship
Locations:church, school, bar
Characters:mayor, christian, dancer, friend
Story:catholic church, birthday party, morality, slow motion, drawing, cooking, cafe, tears, crying, voice over narration, dancing, one word title, fight, kiss, dog, violence, flashback, death

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