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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:dying, grief, guilt, loneliness, funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:office, lake, wheelchair, bathtub, cemetery, snow, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, singer, doctor
Period:winter
Story:church choir, office party, anxiety attack, bowling alley, lifesize doll, sex doll, doctor's office, church service, in love with an inanimate object, imaginary girlfriend, community support, mother dies in childbirth, loss of confidence, growing pains, child like, artificial respiration, mail order, spring the season, aphephobia, inept

Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

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

Themes:guilt, loneliness, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:office, cemetery, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:reverend, flowers, grave, flash forward, graveyard, eating, neighbor, drink, computer, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

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

Themes:grief, funeral, drinking, jealousy
Locations:bathtub, cemetery, snow, restaurant, hospital
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:brother in law sister in law relationship, tombstone, snowing, grave, flash forward, graveyard, bath, cafe, love triangle, drink, pregnancy, song, telephone call, party, singing, death, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

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:funeral, drinking, friendship
Locations:cemetery, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:gravestone, wake, dead mother, record player, reading, flash forward, graveyard, eating, ambulance, cafe, drink, food, song, telephone call, coming of age, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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:dying, grief, guilt, loneliness, drinking
Locations:snow, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:schizophrenic, wake, reverend, physician, siren, bowling, flash forward, ambulance, cafe, drink, computer, food, pregnancy, telephone call, party, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

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. This is why August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, snow, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:wake, choir, flowers, eating, cafe, drink, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, party, singing, photograph, dancing, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Another Year (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Another Year (2010)

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

Themes:loneliness, funeral, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:doctor
Period:winter
Story:spring the season, treehouse, earphones, co worker, flowers, reading, eating, cafe, drink, computer, food, pregnancy, telephone call, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:dying, grief, guilt, funeral, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, church, hospital
Characters:priest, doctor
Story:physician, grave, graveyard, ambulance, neighbor, drink, black comedy, pregnancy, telephone call, photograph, death, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

My Left Foot: The Story Of Christy Brown (1989) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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:fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant, hospital
Characters:priest, singer, doctor
Story:record player, isolation, flowers, reading, flash forward, marriage proposal, eating, ambulance, drink, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

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. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, fear, drinking
Locations:bathtub, cemetery, snow, church, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, singer
Story:handshake, snowing, record player, grave, marriage proposal, bath, eating, rural setting, drink, food, song, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, character name in title, family relationships, death

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 Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant
Characters:priest, dancer, singer
Period:winter
Story:church service, gravestone, shyness, snowing, flowers, grave, marriage proposal, graveyard, eating, ambulance, love triangle, drink, food, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, drinking, jealousy
Locations:wheelchair, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:office party, doctor's office, earphones, reading, flash forward, mental illness, dinner, eating, drink, computer, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, party, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Buffalo '66 (1998) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Buffalo '66 (1998)

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same).

Themes:guilt, friendship
Locations:bathtub, cemetery, snow, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:bowling alley, gravestone, responsibility, bowling, snowing, flowers, grave, graveyard, bath, cafe, black comedy, food, song, telephone call, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, drinking
Locations:wheelchair, snow, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:noose, first kiss, record player, flowers, reading, grave, flash forward, eating, flashlight, drink, computer, black comedy, food, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph

Black Snake Moan (2006)
Drama, Music

Black Snake Moan (2006)

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. (Read More)

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:bathtub, church, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:church choir, anxiety attack, hymn, reverend, anxiety, garage, eating, cafe, rural setting, drink, small town, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, husband wife relationship

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. This is why Garden State (2004) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, funeral, drinking, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, bathtub, cemetery, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:doctor's office, phonograph record, shyness, headphones, anxiety, record player, isolation, reading, graveyard, cafe, drink, food, song, telephone call, coming of age, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, husband wife relationship

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:guilt, funeral, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, bathtub, cemetery, snow, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, doctor
Story:tombstone, earphones, siren, psychologist, reading, grave, flash forward, eating, flashlight, neighbor, cafe, drink, food, telephone call, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, father son relationship, family relationships

Reign Over Me (2007)
Drama

Reign Over Me (2007)

Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie's problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (Read More)

Themes:grief, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:wake, earphones, rejection, psychologist, mental illness, eating, cafe, drink, computer, food, song, telephone call, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

We Own The Night (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, fear, drinking
Locations:wheelchair, cemetery, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:tombstone, graveyard, eating, ambulance, cafe, drink, food, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:dying, grief, drinking, friendship
Locations:hospital
Story:wake, co worker, headphones, flowers, flash forward, eating, ambulance, drink, computer, black comedy, food, song, telephone call, coming of age, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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. This is why Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, church, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, singer
Story:hymn, flash forward, graveyard, cafe, drink, pregnancy, song, telephone call, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

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:funeral
Locations:bathtub, snow, church, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, singer, doctor
Story:wake, tombstone, earphones, brushing teeth, snowing, choir, record player, reading, graveyard, eating, ambulance, neighbor, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, brother brother relationship, coming of age, party, singing

Adams Aebler (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adams Aebler (2005)

Ivan is a priest in a rural church known for the apples that grow on a large tree in front. He's odd: seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, in denial about personal facts, and convinced he's at war with Satan. The rectory is a half-way house for recently paroled convicts. Adam arrives for 12 weeks, a large, tough neo-Nazi, first baffled by Ivan's thick-headed optimism, then angry. He vows to break Ivan's faith. Meanwhile, in exasperation at Ivan's insistence, Adam sets a personal goal: to bake an apple pie. All goes awry for the tree: crows, worms, lightening. The Book of Job gives Adam perverse insight, and his hooligan mates provide the resolution's spring. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, fear, drinking
Locations:wheelchair, church, hospital
Characters:priest, singer, doctor
Story:death in childbirth, hymn, reverend, flashlight, rural setting, drink, black comedy, pregnancy, song, singing, father son relationship, character name in title, death

Adam (2009)
Drama, Romance

Adam (2009)

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:office, cemetery, snow, restaurant
Story:shyness, snowing, first kiss, co worker, anxiety, flowers, reading, doll, grave, flash forward, graveyard, eating, neighbor, cafe, drink, computer, food, telephone call, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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:fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:snow, church
Characters:priest, dancer, singer, doctor
Period:winter
Story:church choir, church service, death in childbirth, snowing, first kiss, marriage proposal, eating, rural setting, drink, small town, food, brother brother relationship, party, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Drama

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

A small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town's children. A lawyer visits the victims' parents in order to profit from the tragedy by stirring up the their anger and launching a class action suit against anyone they can blame. The community is paralyzed by its anger and cannot let go. All but one young girl, left in a wheelchair after the accident, who finds the courage to lead the way toward healing. This is why The Sweet Hereafter (1997) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:grief, guilt, drinking, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, lake, snow
Characters:singer
Period:winter
Story:earphones, siren, garage, reading, flash forward, ambulance, rural setting, drink, computer, small town, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:dying, drinking
Locations:bathtub, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:record player, flowers, reading, doll, flash forward, marriage proposal, eating, neighbor, cafe, love triangle, drink, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, coming of age, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Ikiru (1952)
Drama

Ikiru (1952)

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

Themes:dying, loneliness, funeral, drinking
Locations:office, snow, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:wake, handshake, snowing, isolation, eating, cafe, drink, food, song, telephone call, party, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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:grief, guilt, fear, jealousy
Locations:bathtub, cemetery, church, restaurant
Characters:priest
Story:artificial respiration, treehouse, handshake, growing up, choir, record player, flowers, reading, flash forward, graveyard, bath, eating, flashlight, cafe, small town, food, pregnancy, telephone call, brother brother relationship, coming of age

Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy, Crime

Keeping Mum (2005)

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. (Read More)

Themes:guilt, funeral
Locations:lake, church, restaurant
Characters:priest
Story:reverend, brushing teeth, flowers, flash forward, graveyard, internet, eating, neighbor, cafe, rural setting, computer, small town, black comedy, food, pregnancy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

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. This is why Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:dying, loneliness, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:snow, church, hospital
Characters:doctor
Period:winter
Story:chopping wood, hymn, reverend, snowing, reading, flash forward, eating, rural setting, drink, food, pregnancy, singing, photograph, father son relationship, family relationships, death

Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime, Drama, Music

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Aspiring emcee DJay works the angles to get his first record made with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that hip-hop superstar Skinny Black is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

Themes:drinking, friendship
Locations:church, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:church choir, vending machine, earphones, choir, neighbor, cafe, drink, pregnancy, song, telephone call, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, death

No Reservations (2007) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

No Reservations (2007)

A master chef, Kate, lives her life like she runs the kitchen at upscale 22 Bleecker Restaurant in Manhattan--with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. (Read More)

Themes:grief, drinking
Locations:restaurant, cemetery, snow, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:snowing, doll, grave, graveyard, dinner, eating, neighbor, cafe, drink, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, singing, photograph, dancing, family relationships, death

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. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:snow, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, doctor
Story:schizophrenic, tombstone, psychologist, doll, grave, graveyard, mental illness, cafe, rural setting, drink, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, death, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:dying, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:reverend, delusion, eating, neighbor, drink, food, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, death

The Messenger (2009)
Drama, Romance, War

The Messenger (2009)

While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, whose husband was killed in Iraq. His initial encounter with Olivia leads to him wanting to get to know her better, which may not be in either her or his best interest. Despite being a recovering alcoholic, the more experienced Tony tries to guide Will as best he can under their collective circumstances. This is why The Messenger (2009) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:grief, guilt, loneliness, funeral, drinking, friendship
Locations:restaurant
Characters:singer
Story:counseling, handshake, earphones, flowers, eating, dark comedy, cafe, drink, computer, food, pregnancy, song, telephone call, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family relationships

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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:dying, guilt, loneliness, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:snow, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, singer, doctor
Story:mental illness, introvert, shyness, first kiss, reading, flash forward, dinner, eating, cafe, drink, food, telephone call, brother brother relationship, coming of age, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship

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. (Read More)

Themes:grief, guilt, funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:cemetery, church, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:hymn, brother in law sister in law relationship, snowing, flowers, grave, marriage proposal, mental illness, eating, drink, food, song, brother brother relationship, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship

Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:loneliness, fear, jealousy, friendship
Characters:singer
Story:noose, website, earphones, dead mother, flash forward, eating, ambulance, food, song, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

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

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

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

Themes:loneliness, funeral, drinking
Locations:bathtub, snow, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:scrabble, shyness, flowers, flash forward, marriage proposal, bath, drink, black comedy, pregnancy, song, singing, photograph, dancing, father son relationship, death

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. This is why Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:grief, guilt, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:snow, church
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:hymn, grave, marriage proposal, graveyard, eating, neighbor, rural setting, drink, food, pregnancy, song, party, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, death

Secretary (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking
Locations:office, bathtub, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer
Story:shyness, rejection, psychologist, flowers, reading, marriage proposal, mental illness, dark comedy, cafe, drink, black comedy, telephone call, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:bathtub, restaurant
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:flowers, flash forward, marriage proposal, eating, cafe, drink, food, song, telephone call, party, singing, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, character name in title, 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:dying, funeral, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, restaurant, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:snowing, flowers, graveyard, eating, neighbor, cafe, drink, computer, black comedy, food, song, telephone call, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, death

Shane (1953) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Drama, Western

Shane (1953)

Shane rides into a conflict between cattleman Ryker and a bunch of settlers, like Joe Starrett and his family, whose land Ryker wants. When Shane beats up Ryker's man Chris, Ryker tries to buy him. Then Shane and Joe take on the whole Ryker crew. Ryker sends to Cheyenne for truly evil gunslinger Wilson. Shane must clear out all the guns from the valley. (Read More)

Themes:grief, funeral, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:chopping wood, hymn, handshake, reading, neighbor, love triangle, drink, food, song, brother brother relationship, party, singing, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, death

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama

En Man Som Heter Ove (2015)

59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools. This is why En Man Som Heter Ove (2015) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007). (Read More)

Themes:funeral, friendship
Locations:cemetery, snow, church, hospital
Story:noose, snowing, garage, flowers, ambulance, neighbor, cafe, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, death

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. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, fear, drinking, friendship
Locations:wheelchair, cemetery, hospital
Characters:priest, dancer, singer, doctor
Story:bowling alley, bowling, choir, marriage proposal, graveyard, drink, small town, pregnancy, song, telephone call, party, singing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, husband wife relationship, death

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:dying, guilt, fear, drinking, jealousy, friendship
Locations:bathtub, cemetery, restaurant
Characters:dancer
Story:gravestone, first kiss, co worker, graveyard, ambulance, cafe, drink, telephone call, brother brother relationship, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, photograph, dancing, father son relationship, death

Volver (2006) is one of the best movies like Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
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)

Themes:loneliness, funeral, drinking
Locations:cemetery, restaurant, hospital
Characters:singer
Story:wake, flowers, doll, grave, eating, neighbor, rural setting, drink, small town, black comedy, food, song, telephone call, party, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, family relationships, death

Deception (2008)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Deception (2008)

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, drinking
Locations:office, snow
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:shyness, snowing, delusion, eating, ambulance, drink, computer, food, song, telephone call, singing, photograph, dancing, death

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