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The Apartment (1960)
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The Apartment (1960)

As of November 1, 1959, mild mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can't get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives - Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger - on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake's office for the first time, he learns that it isn't just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment. What Baxter is unaware of is that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik, an elevator girl in the building who Baxter himself fancies. In turn, Sheldrake has no idea of Baxter's own interest in Fran. And Fran, who is in love with Sheldrake, has no idea that she is only the latest in a long line of Sheldrake's mistresses, that Sheldrake has no intention of leaving his wife for her, and that the apartment belongs to Baxter, who she likes as a friend. As some of these facts come to light on Christmas Eve, one of the three makes a unilateral decision. That decision sets off a series of events over the … (Read More)

Subgenre:
urban comedy 
Themes:
self sacrifice break up unrequited love unfaithfulness loneliness divorce extramarital affair deception drunkenness drinking adultery money christmas infidelity revenge 
Mood:
moving rain satire 
Locations:
office party office politics taxi driver chinese restaurant office apartment elevator taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
self respect self inflicted gunshot wound jewish american brother in law sister in law relationship secretary love triangle sister sister relationship dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
christmas party 1950s 
Story:
razor blade bowler hat party hat overdose of sleeping pills sleeping pill business executive key under the mat office building office romance elevator operator broken mirror looking at self in mirror drinking straw merry christmas christmas day christmas present christmas eve christmas tree guggenheim museum manhattan new york city madison avenue manhattan new york city hanging up without saying goodbye reference to john barrymore telephone switchboard reference to dinah shore reference to reno nevada marilyn monroe impersonator switchboard operator reference to ed sullivan reference to robinson crusoe new york cityscape shoeshine man career opportunity cold the illness karachi pakistan smelling salts reference to mae west wage slave nasal spray drunken santa unlucky in love reference to joan crawford chicken soup jingle bells bad reputation gin rummy auld lang syne rolodex appendix meatballs fruitcake stood up compact tv dinner greeting card reference to fidel castro reference to greta garbo calculator feeding someone drive in theater slip the undergarment record album happy new year year 1959 telephone operator insurance company cincinnati ohio cold the temperature thermometer man carrying a woman atlantic city new jersey tennis racket beatnik shot in the knee opening narration tryst reference to pablo picasso dyslexia editing hundred dollar bill new year's eve party santa claus suit job promotion pittsburgh pennsylvania holiday season martini intercom phonograph packing cocktail reference to marilyn monroe writing a letter headache spaghetti park bench running gag volkswagen bathrobe razor knocking on a door quitting a job landlady old flame bachelor central park manhattan new york city jukebox narrated by character female stockinged feet accountant brushing teeth pajamas punch marital separation corporation black eye card playing attempted suicide cynicism camera shot of feet ambition new year's eve phone booth listening to music hat shaving eavesdropping record player flirting sleeping flower injection pianist business suitcase umbrella champagne fired from the job key coffee suicide attempt eating candle manhattan new york city piano neighbor bathroom sunglasses tears drink watching tv punched in the face face slap mirror food crying telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph dancing cigarette smoking two word title gun kiss sex  (See All)

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking money christmas 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
taxi driver elevator bar new york city 
Characters:
secretary dancer boy singer husband wife relationship 
Period:
christmas party 1950s 
Story:
business executive elevator operator wage slave year 1959 beatnik opening narration martini corporation black eye new year's eve shaving eavesdropping business fired from the job suicide attempt manhattan new york city tears drink punched in the face face slap crying singing dancing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

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A Hologram For The King (2016)
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A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery infidelity 
Locations:
taxi driver elevator taxi 
Characters:
dancer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
slip the undergarment cold the temperature intercom park bench knocking on a door brushing teeth corporation listening to music shaving sleeping injection business suitcase coffee neighbor sunglasses drink watching tv mirror telephone call dancing cigarette smoking kiss gun sex  (See All)

Adam (2009)
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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:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drinking adultery infidelity 
Mood:
moving 
Locations:
office apartment new york city 
Characters:
sister sister relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
broken mirror looking at self in mirror tv dinner park bench central park manhattan new york city accountant flower champagne fired from the job eating manhattan new york city neighbor tears drink watching tv mirror food crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph sex kiss  (See All)

Bitter Moon (1992) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Bitter Moon (1992)

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

Themes:
break up unfaithfulness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery infidelity revenge 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
elevator bar 
Characters:
dancer husband wife relationship 
Story:
party hat new year's eve party razor brushing teeth black eye card playing cynicism shaving injection umbrella champagne eating candle tears drink watching tv face slap food crying telephone call photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex gun kiss  (See All)

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High-rise (2015)
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High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Mood:
satire 
Locations:
apartment elevator 
Characters:
dancer boy doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
sleeping pill knocking on a door listening to music shaving record player sleeping injection champagne coffee eating candle drink watching tv punched in the face face slap mirror food title spoken by character photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex kiss gun  (See All)

Dreamgirls (2006)
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Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drinking adultery money christmas infidelity 
Locations:
elevator bar new york city 
Characters:
love triangle sister sister relationship dancer singer doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
christmas tree reference to ed sullivan quitting a job card playing new year's eve pianist business fired from the job piano tears drink watching tv mirror crying telephone call singing title spoken by character dancing cigarette smoking kiss sex gun  (See All)

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

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

Themes:
drunkenness drinking money 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
chinese restaurant apartment elevator taxi new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
office building elevator operator looking at self in mirror packing volkswagen phone booth record player suitcase umbrella eating manhattan new york city neighbor sunglasses tears drink mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking gun kiss  (See All)

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Another Year (2010) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Another Year (2010)

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

Themes:
unrequited love unfaithfulness loneliness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money christmas infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
taxi 
Characters:
secretary doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
sleeping pill cold the temperature packing knocking on a door suitcase champagne coffee eating tears drink watching tv mirror food crying telephone call cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help... (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
sister sister relationship dancer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
bachelor accountant marital separation listening to music record player sleeping umbrella coffee sunglasses drink watching tv punched in the face face slap crying telephone call photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

The Wackness (2008)
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The Wackness (2008)

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

Themes:
unrequited love loneliness divorce drunkenness drinking money infidelity 
Locations:
elevator bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
central park manhattan new york city jukebox narrated by character brushing teeth card playing attempted suicide phone booth listening to music coffee suicide attempt candle manhattan new york city bathroom tears drink watching tv mirror crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex gun kiss  (See All)

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The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
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The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)

The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancee's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Locations:
taxi driver apartment elevator taxi bar 
Characters:
love triangle dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
compact packing bathrobe pajamas sleeping pianist fired from the job coffee eating piano neighbor bathroom tears drink mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

Rumor Has It... (2005) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Rumor Has It... (2005)

Hunky NY lawyer Jeff Daly finally got engaged to fickle Sarah Huttinger, who presents him to her Pasadena family, who all soon take to him, for her sister's wedding to Scott. But Jeff's clever counting makes Sarah realize her dad Earl isn't her biological father. Once movie clues from family indicate as suspect successful author Beau Burroughs, she insists on meeting him. Only like her mother and grandmother, she has a one night-stand with Beau, which may well cost her Jeff. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drinking adultery infidelity 
Locations:
chinese restaurant taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
love triangle sister sister relationship dancer 
Story:
reference to fidel castro new year's eve party old flame jukebox eating bathroom tears drink watching tv mirror food crying telephone call photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

Adore (2013)
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Adore (2013)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness loneliness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery infidelity revenge 
Locations:
office bar 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
tryst card playing listening to music champagne eating neighbor sunglasses tears drink face slap mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

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Up In The Air (2009)
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Up In The Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Themes:
unfaithfulness loneliness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery infidelity 
Locations:
elevator bar 
Characters:
dancer father son relationship 
Story:
quitting a job corporation cynicism business suitcase champagne fired from the job eating candle tears drink mirror food crying telephone call photograph dancing gun kiss  (See All)

The Painted Veil (2006)
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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:
unrequited love extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
love triangle dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
tryst martini writing a letter card playing record player pianist suitcase umbrella eating piano neighbor tears drink mirror food crying telephone call singing dancing cigarette smoking kiss gun  (See All)

Definitely, Maybe (2008) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Definitely, Maybe (2008)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness adultery christmas infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
intercom park bench central park manhattan new york city pajamas ambition new year's eve phone booth fired from the job manhattan new york city tears drink watching tv mirror crying telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph dancing cigarette smoking two word title sex kiss  (See All)

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Closer (2004)
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Closer (2004)

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

Themes:
break up unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair adultery money infidelity revenge 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
taxi driver elevator taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
love triangle dancer doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
shaving manhattan new york city bathroom tears face slap mirror crying photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss 

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

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery christmas infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
office taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer singer 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
christmas present christmas tree reference to pablo picasso packing fired from the job coffee manhattan new york city tears drink watching tv food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

Conviction (2010)
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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:
divorce drinking money christmas 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
dancer boy husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
merry christmas christmas tree happy new year man carrying a woman attempted suicide new year's eve champagne eating sunglasses tears drink watching tv punched in the face face slap mirror food crying telephone call photograph dancing cigarette smoking gun  (See All)

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

After his wife, Alice, tells him about her sexual fantasies, William Harford sets out for a night of sexual adventure. After several less than successful encounters, he meets an old friend, Nick Nightingale - now a musician - who tells him of strange sex parties when he is required to play the piano blindfolded. All the men at the party are costumed and wear masks while the women are all young and beautiful. Harford manages to find an appropriate costume and heads out to the party. Once there, however, he is warned by someone who recognizes him, despite the mask, that he is in great danger. He manages to extricate himself but the threats prove to be quite real and sinister. (Read More)

Themes:
extramarital affair deception drunkenness drinking adultery money christmas infidelity 
Locations:
taxi driver taxi new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
looking at self in mirror christmas present christmas tree central park manhattan new york city flirting pianist champagne candle manhattan new york city piano bathroom drink watching tv mirror crying telephone call dancing cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

Birth (2004)
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Birth (2004)

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

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drinking adultery infidelity 
Locations:
taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
brother in law sister in law relationship love triangle sister sister relationship boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
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The Dressmaker (2015)
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The Dressmaker (2015)

Based on Rosalie Ham's best selling novel, The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small home town in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture.

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drinking adultery infidelity revenge 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
broken mirror feeding someone slip the undergarment telephone operator listening to music record player sleeping flower umbrella sunglasses drink face slap mirror telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

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

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

Themes:
break up unrequited love loneliness drinking christmas 
Characters:
dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
christmas present christmas eve christmas tree happy new year cold the temperature pittsburgh pennsylvania writing a letter new year's eve listening to music suicide attempt eating candle bathroom tears drink watching tv punched in the face face slap mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

Something's Gotta Give (2003) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Harry Sanborn is an aged music industry exec with a fondness for younger women like Marin, his latest trophy girlfriend. Things get a little awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack at the home of Marin's mother Erica. Left in the care of Erica and his doctor, a love triangle starts to take shape.

Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
taxi new york city 
Characters:
love triangle sister sister relationship doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
spaghetti bachelor pajamas flirting sleeping champagne fired from the job candle manhattan new york city tears drink crying telephone call photograph cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:
drinking money 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
elevator bar new york city 
Characters:
secretary singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
cold the temperature intercom listening to music record player sleeping key eating manhattan new york city sunglasses drink punched in the face food crying telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking  (See All)

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Leap Year (2010)
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Leap Year (2010)

A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
apartment taxi bar 
Characters:
love triangle dancer singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
slip the undergarment brushing teeth cynicism listening to music sleeping suitcase eating tears drink punched in the face food crying telephone call singing dancing kiss  (See All)

Elizabethtown (2005)
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Elizabethtown (2005)

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking money christmas 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
office party 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
corporation listening to music business umbrella fired from the job suicide attempt eating bathroom tears drink watching tv food crying telephone call singing title spoken by character photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

John and Jane Smith are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal suburb, working normal jobs...well, if you can call secretly being assassins "normal". But neither Jane nor John knows about their spouse's secret, until they are surprised to find each other as targets! But on their quest to kill each other, they learn a lot more about each other than they ever did in five (or six) years of marriage. (Read More)

Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking money christmas 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
elevator taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
slip the undergarment martini card playing suitcase champagne eating candle manhattan new york city neighbor bathroom sunglasses drink watching tv punched in the face face slap mirror food telephone call singing photograph dancing kiss gun sex  (See All)

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I'm Not There (2007)
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I'm Not There (2007)

Six incarnations of Bob Dylan: an actor, a folk singer, an electrified troubadour, Rimbaud, Billy the Kid, and Woody Guthrie. Put Dylan's music behind their adventures, soliloquies, interviews, marriage, and infidelity. Recreate 1960s documentaries in black and white. Put each at a crossroads, the artist becoming someone else. Jack, the son of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, finds Jesus; handsome Robbie falls in love then abandons Claire. Woody, a lad escaped from foster care, hobos the U.S. singing; Billy awakes in a valley threatened by a six-lane highway; Rimbaud talks. Jude, booed at Newport when he goes electric, fences with reporters, pundits, and fans. He won't be classified. (Read More)

Themes:
break up divorce drunkenness drinking infidelity revenge 
Mood:
rain satire 
Locations:
elevator taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy singer husband wife relationship 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
greeting card year 1959 record album beatnik record player pianist umbrella eating manhattan new york city piano sunglasses drink watching tv food telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex  (See All)

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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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:
drinking christmas 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
office party new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
razor blade christmas present christmas tree jingle bells man carrying a woman knocking on a door pajamas listening to music umbrella eating sunglasses tears drink watching tv face slap mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

Elf (2003)
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Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Themes:
drunkenness drinking money christmas 
Locations:
office elevator taxi new york city 
Characters:
boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree auld lang syne spaghetti central park manhattan new york city corporation coffee eating manhattan new york city drink watching tv food telephone call singing photograph dancing kiss  (See All)

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Deception (2008) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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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 deception drinking money 
Mood:
moving rain 
Locations:
chinese restaurant office elevator taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer singer 
Story:
tennis racket accountant eating drink watching tv punched in the face mirror food telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex gun kiss  (See All)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Texas greenhorn Joe Buck arrives in New York for the first time. Preening himself as a real 'hustler', he finds that he is the one getting 'hustled' until he teams up with a down-and-out but resilient outcast named Ratso Rizzo. The initial 'country cousin meets city cousin' relationship deepens. In their efforts to bilk a hostile world rebuffing them at every turn, this unlikely pair progress from partners in shady business to comrades. Each has found his first real friend. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness drunkenness drinking adultery money 
Locations:
elevator bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer singer father son relationship 
Period:
1950s 
Story:
broken mirror hanging up without saying goodbye cold the illness drive in theater cold the temperature quitting a job central park manhattan new york city business suitcase manhattan new york city drink mirror crying telephone call singing dancing cigarette smoking two word title sex kiss  (See All)

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
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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. (Read More)

Themes:
unrequited love drinking money christmas 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
dancer singer husband wife relationship 
Period:
christmas party 
Story:
christmas eve christmas tree bachelor narrated by character sleeping umbrella eating candle piano neighbor tears drink mirror food crying singing dancing kiss sex  (See All)

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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
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Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed.

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair adultery money infidelity revenge 
Locations:
office taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
brother in law sister in law relationship love triangle doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
business executive tryst marital separation listening to music suitcase fired from the job manhattan new york city face slap mirror telephone call cigarette smoking gun 

The Edukators (2004) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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The Edukators (2004)

Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. (Read More)

Themes:
deception drunkenness drinking money 
Characters:
love triangle boy husband wife relationship 
Story:
business executive looking at self in mirror volkswagen knocking on a door card playing phone booth listening to music fired from the job key eating bathroom tears drink punched in the face mirror food crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking kiss sex gun  (See All)

Alfie (2004)
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Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery christmas infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
christmas eve new year's eve party central park manhattan new york city jukebox narrated by character flirting flower manhattan new york city tears drink food crying singing dancing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

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No Reservations (2007)
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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:
drinking 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
sister sister relationship dancer boy singer doctor 
Story:
spaghetti quitting a job eating candle manhattan new york city neighbor tears drink watching tv food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex kiss  (See All)

Faa Yeung Nin Wa (2000)
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Faa Yeung Nin Wa (2000)

Set in Hong Kong, 1962, Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor who moves into a new building with his wife. At the same time, Su Li-zhen, a beautiful secretary and her executive husband also move in to the crowded building. With their spouses often away, Chow and Li-zhen spend most of their time together as friends. They have everything in common from noodle shops to martial arts. Soon, they are shocked to discover that their spouses are having an affair. Hurt and angry, they find comfort in their growing friendship even as they resolve not to be like their unfaithful mates. (Read More)

Themes:
unrequited love unfaithfulness loneliness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
apartment taxi 
Characters:
secretary boy husband wife relationship 
Story:
eating neighbor tears drink face slap food crying cigarette smoking sex 

The Kids Are All Right (2010) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done and, although they don't want Paul infiltrating their lives, want to meet him - especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul's relationship with the entire family grows (which includes his hi… (Read More)

Themes:
break up unfaithfulness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
singer doctor father son relationship 
Story:
record album packing brushing teeth pajamas cynicism hat business fired from the job coffee eating candle bathroom sunglasses tears drink watching tv punched in the face face slap food crying telephone call singing photograph cigarette smoking sex kiss  (See All)

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Ikiru (1952)
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Ikiru (1952)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice loneliness drunkenness drinking money 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
office elevator bar 
Characters:
dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
listening to music sleeping pianist umbrella eating candle piano tears drink mirror food crying telephone call singing dancing cigarette smoking  (See All)

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
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The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:
break up unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Locations:
elevator new york city 
Characters:
boy singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
marital separation listening to music record player eating candle bathroom tears drink watching tv face slap mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph kiss sex  (See All)

Nine (2009)
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Nine (2009)

Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness extramarital affair drinking adultery infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
love triangle dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
phone booth pianist champagne suicide attempt candle piano sunglasses tears drink mirror crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

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Volver (2006) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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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:
unfaithfulness loneliness extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
apartment bar 
Characters:
sister sister relationship singer husband wife relationship 
Story:
looking at self in mirror knocking on a door listening to music injection suitcase fired from the job eating neighbor tears drink watching tv mirror food crying telephone call singing photograph cigarette smoking kiss sex  (See All)

Giant (1956)
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Giant (1956)

Texan rancher Bick Benedict visits a Maryland farm to buy a prize horse. Whilst there he meets and falls in love with the owner's daughter Leslie, they are married immediately and return to his ranch. The story of their family and its rivalry with cowboy and (later oil tycoon) Jett Rink unfolds across two generations. (Read More)

Themes:
unrequited love drunkenness drinking money christmas 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
bar 
Characters:
love triangle sister sister relationship singer doctor husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
merry christmas christmas present christmas tree jingle bells jukebox marital separation business coffee candle neighbor tears drink punched in the face mirror food crying telephone call singing cigarette smoking kiss  (See All)

A Single Man (2009)
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A Single Man (2009)

It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class. (Read More)

Themes:
unrequited love loneliness drunkenness drinking money 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
office bar 
Characters:
secretary dancer boy husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
looking at self in mirror narrated by character camera shot of feet phone booth listening to music shaving record player flower eating neighbor bathroom tears drink watching tv mirror food crying telephone call photograph dancing cigarette smoking gun kiss  (See All)

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St. Vincent (2014)
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St. Vincent (2014)

Vincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor's son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other's needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects. (Read More)

Themes:
divorce drunkenness drinking money 
Locations:
taxi bar new york city 
Characters:
dancer boy husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
knocking on a door jukebox cynicism listening to music sleeping suitcase eating neighbor sunglasses tears drink watching tv face slap food crying telephone call title spoken by character photograph dancing cigarette smoking two word title sex  (See All)

Head-on (2004) is one of the best movies like The Apartment (1960)
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Head-on (2004)

In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love. (Read More)

Themes:
unfaithfulness divorce extramarital affair drunkenness drinking adultery money infidelity 
Locations:
taxi driver taxi bar 
Characters:
dancer boy singer doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
razor blade packing razor shaving suicide attempt piano tears drink watching tv face slap food crying telephone call singing photograph dancing cigarette smoking sex kiss gun  (See All)

The Terminal (2004)
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The Terminal (2004)

Victor Novarski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he can leave. (Read More)

Themes:
unrequited love unfaithfulness extramarital affair adultery money infidelity 
Locations:
elevator taxi bar new york city 
Story:
bathrobe razor card playing shaving suitcase eating manhattan new york city watching tv food telephone call title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking two word title kiss 

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