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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
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,  birthday party,  hit on the head with a skillet,  hit with a skillet,  book of poetry,  provincial setting,  dowager,  contrition,  remedy,  pastry shop,  penitence,  seventy something,  riverbank,  apothecary,  righteousness,  yearning,  cocoa,  chili,  candy store,  red cape,  cremated remains,  illegitimate daughter,  nightshirt,  old people's home,  gourmet,  riverboat,  fasting,  vow,  abstinence,  fertility,  gluttony,  insulin,  small business,  wife abuse,  count,  hair dryer,  portrait painting,  wife leaves husband,  houseboat,  central america,  juggler,  diabetic,  countess,  pagan,  repentance,  feast,  rebirth,  bouquet,  aphrodisiac,  kangaroo,  pleasure,  hair salon,  historian,  nursing home,  ashes,  fable,  easter,  worm,  rumor,  outsider,  confessional,  temptation,  reference to elvis presley,  cremation,  drifter,  sermon,  show,  abusive husband,  atheist,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  absent father,  reference to satan,  card playing,  bloody nose,  wind,  gypsy,  morality,  burial,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  festival,  irish,  gossip,  stealing,  crucifix,  breaking and entering,  slow motion,  grandmother grandson relationship,  destiny,  pirate,  tradition,  single parent,  arson,  magical realism,  class,  domestic violence,  countryside,  injection,  flowers,  statue,  suitcase,  passion,  storytelling,  drug addict,  confession,  graveyard,  ritual,  drawing,  bird,  apology,  widow,  eating,  montage,  woman,  single mother,  old man,  cooking,  guitar,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  rural setting,  tears,  lie,  letter,  small town,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  knife,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  one word title,  f rated,  kiss,  nudity,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  sex,  death,  dog

Nowhere Boy (2009)
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:theft,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  school
Characters:thief,  musician,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:guitar player,  birthday party,  reference to elvis presley,  absent father,  bloody nose,  graveyard,  drawing,  widow,  eating,  montage,  guitar,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  crying,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  flashback,  death,  sex,  kiss

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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,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

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:marriage
Locations:france
Characters:catholic,  priest,  musician,  dancer
Story:woman,  birthday party,  count,  portrait painting,  juggler,  countess,  card playing,  gossip,  tradition,  flowers,  storytelling,  ritual,  eating,  montage,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  kiss,  nudity,  sex,  dog

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
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:theft,  politics,  religion,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:france,  bicycle,  cemetery,  snow,  school
Characters:thief,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:old woman,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  morality,  burial,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  class,  suitcase,  storytelling,  bird,  eating,  woman,  old man,  cooking,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  kiss,  dog,  flashback,  fight,  death

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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. This is why Brooklyn (2015) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (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,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  based on novel,  kiss,  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)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow,  church,  school
Characters:musician,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:yearning,  absent father,  wind,  irish,  class,  flowers,  eating,  guitar,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  fight,  flashback

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,  small town,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  kiss,  dog,  fight,  flashback

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Son Of Rambow (2007) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  religion,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  church,  school
Characters:christian,  thief,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:old people's home,  nursing home,  absent father,  grandmother grandson relationship,  pirate,  class,  statue,  drawing,  apology,  widow,  eating,  single mother,  cooking,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  small town,  food,  crying,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  kiss

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Drama, War

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

In 1944, upper class boy Julien Quentin and his brother Francois travel to Catholic boarding school in the countryside after vacations. Julien is a leader and good student and when the new student Jean Bonnet arrives in the school, they have friction in their relationship. However, Julien learns to respect Jean and discovers that he is Jewish and the priests are hiding him from the Nazis. They become best friends and Julien keeps the secret. When the priest Jean discovers that the servant Joseph is stealing supplies from the school to sell in the black market, he fires the youth. Sooner the Gestapo arrives at school to investigate the students and the priests that run and work in the boarding school. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  religion,  friendship
Locations:school,  france,  bicycle,  snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  boy,  christian,  thief,  priest,  friend
Story:class,  countryside,  provincial setting,  fasting,  easter,  rumor,  outsider,  sermon,  show,  stealing,  confession,  drawing,  widow,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  crying,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  fight

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. This is why Ida (2013) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:religion
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  musician,  dancer,  boy
Story:catholic church,  vow,  gypsy,  statue,  suitcase,  confession,  apology,  eating,  woman,  old man,  rural setting,  letter,  food,  female protagonist,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  sex,  kiss,  nudity,  death

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Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Locations:village,  bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:christian,  priest,  musician,  dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:nightshirt,  festival,  gossip,  tradition,  arson,  confession,  bird,  eating,  woman,  single mother,  prayer,  classroom,  rural setting,  tears,  small town,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  party,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  nudity,  death,  sex,  violence,  kiss

Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church,  bar
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:catholic church,  birthday party,  confessional,  burial,  confession,  graveyard,  cafe,  fire,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog,  fight,  flashback

The Shipping News (2001)
Drama

The Shipping News (2001)

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:village,  boat,  snow,  bar
Characters:writer,  musician
Story:ashes,  outsider,  irish,  pirate,  tradition,  single parent,  graveyard,  ritual,  bird,  widow,  single mother,  rural setting,  tears,  small town,  crying,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss,  death

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Easy A (2010)
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,  sex,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  dog

The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. This is why The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  corruption,  religion,  friendship
Locations:school,  snow,  church
Characters:catholic,  thief,  priest,  writer,  friend
Story:catholic church,  confessional,  bloody nose,  crucifix,  stealing,  breaking and entering,  class,  injection,  storytelling,  drug addict,  confession,  eating,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  kiss,  sex,  death

Volver (2006) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Volver (2006)

Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car. She brings Irene to her apartment, where secrets from the past are disclosed. (Read More)

Locations:village,  cemetery,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:old woman,  hair salon,  wind,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  arson,  injection,  flowers,  suitcase,  apology,  eating,  woman,  cooking,  guitar,  fire,  rural setting,  tears,  lie,  small town,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  knife,  party,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  sex,  kiss,  death

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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. (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,  voice over narration,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  kiss,  death

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:religion,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:catholic,  priest,  writer,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:old woman,  birthday party,  count,  countess,  gossip,  statue,  passion,  apology,  eating,  montage,  guitar,  lie,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  dog,  sex,  flashback,  death

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

Themes:theft,  religion,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:thief,  priest,  writer,  dancer,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:stealing,  slow motion,  class,  passion,  ritual,  drawing,  apology,  montage,  classroom,  letter,  female protagonist,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  flashback,  death

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Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Biography, Drama

Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit. This is why Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:politics,  religion
Locations:snow
Characters:catholic,  priest,  boy
Story:old woman,  nursing home,  bloody nose,  irish,  crucifix,  flowers,  suitcase,  storytelling,  bird,  eating,  montage,  tears,  food,  crying,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  kiss,  violence,  nudity,  death

The Hundred-foot Journey (2014)
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:prejudice
Locations:france,  village,  bicycle,  snow,  bar
Characters:mayor,  dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:arson,  suitcase,  apology,  widow,  eating,  montage,  woman,  cooking,  small town,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  knife,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  kiss,  violence,  flashback,  dog

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Hopkins), a classics professor with a terrible secret that is about to shatter his life in a small New England town. When his affair with a young troubled janitor (Kidman) is uncovered, the secret Silk had harbored for over fifty years from his wife, his children and colleague, writer Nathan Zuckerman, fast explodes in a conflagration of devastating consequences. It is Zuckerman who stumbles upon Silk's secret and sets out to reconstruct the unknown biography of this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, and to understand how this ingeniously contrived life came unraveled. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:writer,  dancer,  friend
Story:wife abuse,  card playing,  burial,  class,  domestic violence,  graveyard,  bird,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  violence,  death

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Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:theft,  politics,  religion
Locations:snow,  church
Characters:thief,  priest,  boy
Story:pagan,  repentance,  easter,  temptation,  crucifix,  tradition,  confession,  ritual,  old man,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  nudity,  dog,  death,  flashback,  sex,  violence,  kiss

Birth (2004) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
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:marriage
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:boy
Story:widow,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  class,  graveyard,  apology,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  female protagonist,  crying,  party,  death,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  sex,  fight,  flashback,  kiss

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. This is why Adoration (2013) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:birthday party,  card playing,  burial,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  flowers,  graveyard,  apology,  widow,  eating,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  sex,  nudity,  death

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Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  school,  bar
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:old woman,  birthday party,  worm,  class,  confession,  graveyard,  drawing,  apology,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  crying,  knife,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  violence,  death,  kiss,  flashback

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  religion,  friendship
Locations:boat,  church
Characters:christian,  thief,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:birthday party,  insulin,  diabetic,  chocolate,  stealing,  destiny,  flowers,  suitcase,  passion,  eating,  woman,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  nudity,  dog,  kiss,  flashback,  sex,  death

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
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,  sex,  flashback,  dog,  kiss,  death,  violence,  fight

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A Walk In The Clouds (1995)
Drama, Romance

A Walk In The Clouds (1995)

A Walk in the Clouds depicted a story about a young-married US military soldier, named Paul, who returned home after the World War II. In the middle of the way back home, he accidentally met a girl named Victoria who finished her master's degree. She has not married yet but got pregnant by accident. During the journey they talked a lot. Due to her pregnancy, Victoria was afraid of her father who respected old Mexican tradition. Thus, Paul proposed to pose as her husband to help her face her dad. Paul was not intended to cheat on his wife by pretending to be Victoria's husband. However, when Paul decided to come back to his home and left Victoria, he found his wife cheating on him. Paul then headed back to Victoria's house "Las Nubes" and confessed his true love to Victoria. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:catholic,  priest,  dancer,  girl
Story:tradition,  woman,  chocolate,  show,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  festival,  grandmother grandson relationship,  suitcase,  passion,  ritual,  eating,  tears,  letter,  food,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  death,  fight,  flashback,  sex

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. This is why Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (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,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death,  violence,  fight

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:bicycle,  snow,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy
Story:catholic church,  fable,  crucifix,  grandmother grandson relationship,  injection,  storytelling,  drug addict,  confession,  graveyard,  apology,  eating,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  sex,  fight

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Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Blanc (1994)

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself in Warsaw he begins to plot... (Read More)

Themes:theft,  corruption,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:france,  cemetery,  snow,  church
Characters:thief,  friend
Story:rebirth,  hair salon,  fable,  card playing,  burial,  slow motion,  arson,  statue,  passion,  graveyard,  old man,  tears,  crying,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  sex,  flashback,  kiss,  death

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
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

Big Eyes (2014)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance

Big Eyes (2014)

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:church,  bar
Characters:mayor,  priest,  girl,  boy,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:portrait painting,  confessional,  abusive husband,  arson,  suitcase,  confession,  apology,  eating,  montage,  woman,  single mother,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  kiss,  dog

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Straw Dogs (1971)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house. This is why Straw Dogs (1971) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:corruption,  marriage
Locations:village,  cemetery,  church,  bar
Characters:writer
Story:church bell,  outsider,  arson,  countryside,  passion,  bird,  montage,  woman,  old man,  prayer,  rural setting,  small town,  crying,  fire,  knife,  party,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  violence,  flashback,  death,  sex,  kiss,  dog

Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
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,  based on novel,  death,  fight,  flashback

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989)

Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:catholic,  priest,  writer,  girl,  boy
Story:catholic church,  irish,  birthday party,  stealing,  class,  flowers,  drawing,  apology,  eating,  food,  fire,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  flashback,  sex,  death

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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. (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

Original Sin (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Original Sin (2001)

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  marriage
Locations:boat,  bar
Characters:thief,  priest,  dancer
Story:card playing,  festival,  suitcase,  passion,  confession,  bird,  woman,  prayer,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  letter,  crying,  voice over narration,  knife,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  kiss,  fight,  flashback,  sex

Madeo (2009) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned. This is why Madeo (2009) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  bar
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:bloody nose,  wind,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  breaking and entering,  arson,  countryside,  confession,  graveyard,  eating,  old man,  cafe,  tears,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  sex,  flashback,  violence,  fight,  dog

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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
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,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  dog,  sex,  nudity,  death

Rent (2005)
Drama, Musical, Romance

Rent (2005)

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  friendship
Locations:village,  bicycle,  cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:thief,  musician,  dancer,  friend
Story:breaking and entering,  injection,  flowers,  drug addict,  graveyard,  eating,  montage,  guitar,  cafe,  tears,  food,  crying,  fire,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  kiss,  nudity,  dog,  fight,  death

Peter Pan (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  friendship
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:thief,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:tween girl,  nightshirt,  gossip,  pirate,  class,  storytelling,  drawing,  classroom,  letter,  crying,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  death,  kiss,  violence,  fight

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Die Welle (2008) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  politics,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:dancer,  boy,  friend
Story:houseboat,  class,  drawing,  apology,  eating,  montage,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  food,  crying,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  fight,  violence,  kiss,  death,  sex

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Drama

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike Waters lives on the street and befriends the somewhat older and streetwise Scott Favor who shows him what is necessary to survive. Waters suffers from narcolepsy and can fall asleep at any moment and in almost any circumstance. Favor comes from a rich family and is rebelling against his own background. They travel together extensively - Waters is driven by the need to find his biological mother - and spend time in Italy. Later in life however, Favor has joined mainstream society and has little time for his old friend. This is why My Own Private Idaho (1991) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  politics,  friendship
Locations:france,  cemetery,  church,  bar
Characters:mayor,  thief,  priest,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:old woman,  righteousness,  burial,  stealing,  countryside,  flowers,  statue,  storytelling,  confession,  graveyard,  cafe,  rural setting,  tears,  lie,  letter,  small town,  crying,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  dog,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  kiss,  death

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Drama

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920's Alabama. Through Idgie's inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny. (Read More)

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:girl
Story:food in title,  nursing home,  sermon,  single parent,  domestic violence,  storytelling,  woman,  cafe,  small town,  female protagonist,  party,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback

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Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:marriage,  friendship
Locations:school,  church,  bar
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:single mother,  breaking and entering,  class,  apology,  eating,  woman,  prayer,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  female protagonist,  crying,  knife,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  death,  fight,  dog,  violence,  flashback,  nudity

The Kite Runner (2007) is one of the best movies like Chocolat (2000)
Drama

The Kite Runner (2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  politics,  religion,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  snow,  bar
Characters:writer,  boy,  thief,  dancer,  friend
Story:old woman,  birthday party,  single parent,  class,  flowers,  suitcase,  storytelling,  graveyard,  old man,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  letter,  food,  crying,  fire,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  sex,  violence,  dog

Cold Mountain (2003)
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,  kiss,  fight

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