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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Drama

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family.

Themes:wealth,  childhood,  grief,  redemption,  depression,  divorce,  racism,  incest,  art,  funeral,  wedding,  lesbianism,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:professor,  artist,  lawyer,  priest,  nurse
Story:tennis match,  stage play,  tennis player,  tent indoors,  theatre audience,  brother sister incest,  luxury hotel,  knife wound,  high blood pressure,  running in traffic,  literary narration,  stomach cancer,  playing doctor,  child smoking a cigarette,  ex assassin,  fire drill,  elevator operator,  estranged family member,  book cover,  deadbeat dad,  mescaline,  drug reference,  bb gun,  fake illness,  war paint,  extended family,  neurologist,  frat pack,  deadpan,  cheque,  shaving head,  dalmatian,  clergy,  reference to the rolling stones,  comedy of manners,  fire engine,  falcon,  phonograph record,  bandaged hand,  painted face,  delinquent,  east indian,  estranged father,  child prodigy,  talking to oneself in a mirror,  finance,  racial stereotype,  adopted daughter,  chapter headings,  board game,  dogfight,  estrangement,  cruise ship,  archeologist,  shot in the hand,  darkroom,  writer's block,  finger cut off,  razor blade,  wrist slitting,  bankruptcy,  interracial kiss,  ballerina,  climbing through a window,  boy with glasses,  reference to the beatles,  playwright,  mental breakdown,  family reunion,  physician,  accountant,  bisexuality,  playing cards,  blood on shirt,  fireman,  music band,  genius,  nervous breakdown,  siren,  marital separation,  play,  pet dog,  thrown through a window,  medical examination,  title appears in writing,  medication,  novelist,  attempted suicide,  severed finger,  face paint,  interracial romance,  reconciliation,  shoplifting,  forbidden love,  tennis,  servant,  loss of wife,  stabbed in the stomach,  cowboy hat,  mouse,  tape recorder,  killing an animal,  falling down stairs,  grandfather grandson relationship,  private detective,  terminal illness,  record player,  heart attack,  character says i love you,  ballet,  rat,  actor shares first name with character,  drug addiction,  skeleton,  tent,  massage,  grave,  theatre,  child in peril,  coffin,  bird,  man with glasses,  judge,  interracial relationship,  ambulance,  new york,  police car,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  foot chase,  little girl,  death of father,  urban setting,  car crash,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  camera,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  police officer,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  three word title,  lesbian kiss,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  independent film,  blood,  sex,  flashback,  dog,  death,  interview

The Human Stain (2003)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Human Stain (2003)

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

Themes:redemption,  divorce,  racism,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  nurse
Story:nervous breakdown,  novelist,  interracial romance,  tennis,  loss of wife,  heart attack,  bird,  man with glasses,  interracial relationship,  death of father,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

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21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

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

Themes:grief,  redemption,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  nurse
Story:physician,  siren,  marital separation,  medical examination,  private detective,  heart attack,  drug addiction,  bird,  ambulance,  police car,  little girl,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  car accident,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  blood,  flashback

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:divorce,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hotel
Story:theatre audience,  family reunion,  tape recorder,  drug addiction,  man with glasses,  police car,  car crash,  taxi,  camera,  watching tv,  police officer,  swimming pool,  panties,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback,  sex,  interview,  blood,  death

Meet The Fockers (2004) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Meet The Fockers (2004)

Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg's parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker, who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker? (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse
Story:frat pack,  physician,  music band,  siren,  pet dog,  massage,  judge,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  watching tv,  police officer,  three word title,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  dog

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The Doors (1991)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. This is why The Doors (1991) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:art,  wedding
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:professor,  artist,  lawyer
Story:reference to the rolling stones,  reference to the beatles,  nervous breakdown,  siren,  pet dog,  tape recorder,  heart attack,  drug addiction,  tent,  grave,  bird,  man with glasses,  judge,  police car,  little girl,  taxi,  camera,  watching tv,  car accident,  police officer,  panties,  knife,  new york city,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  interview,  blood,  death,  flashback,  sex

Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan's theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mock-up of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden's own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany's art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. He's helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counselling him. His second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  depression,  art,  funeral,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:artist
Story:stage play,  theatre audience,  music band,  marital separation,  play,  attempted suicide,  rat,  theatre,  coffin,  man with glasses,  new york,  bra,  little girl,  death of father,  watching tv,  swimming pool,  panties,  three word title,  new york city,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  sex,  blood,  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:grief,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  priest,  nurse
Story:physician,  attempted suicide,  loss of wife,  grave,  bird,  ambulance,  police car,  foot chase,  little girl,  camera,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  sex

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Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  divorce
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse
Story:theatre audience,  cheque,  phonograph record,  physician,  mouse,  tape recorder,  record player,  judge,  police car,  bra,  foot chase,  death of father,  taxi,  extramarital affair,  police officer,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  flashback

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

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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

Themes:wealth,  redemption,  divorce,  lesbianism,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:professor,  priest
Story:theatre audience,  phonograph record,  bisexuality,  tennis,  record player,  ambulance,  bra,  extramarital affair,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  panties,  lesbian kiss,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  flashback,  death,  blood

Lolita (1997)
Drama, Romance

Lolita (1997)

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. This is why Lolita (1997) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  incest,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:professor,  priest
Story:ballerina,  playwright,  forbidden love,  tennis,  record player,  ambulance,  police car,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  panties,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  independent film,  blood,  sex,  dog

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Hable Con Ella (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hable Con Ella (2002)

After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hotel,  hospital
Characters:lawyer,  priest,  nurse
Story:stage play,  ballerina,  ballet,  massage,  theatre,  ambulance,  bra,  little girl,  taxi,  camera,  slow motion scene,  swimming pool,  panties,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  blood,  sex

I Heart Huckabees (2004) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Comedy

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Determined to solve the coincidence of seeing the same conspicuous stranger three times in a day, Albert hires a pair of existentialist detectives, who insist on spying on his everyday life while sharing their views on life and the nature of the universe.

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hotel
Story:fire engine,  fireman,  title appears in writing,  tape recorder,  private detective,  actor shares first name with character,  man with glasses,  camera,  watching tv,  brother brother relationship,  three word title,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  sex,  flashback,  interview

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

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:divorce,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:professor,  lawyer,  nurse
Story:tennis,  tennis player,  theatre audience,  reference to the rolling stones,  talking to oneself in a mirror,  marital separation,  novelist,  record player,  heart attack,  ambulance,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  new york city,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  sex

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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,  depression,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:theatre audience,  mental breakdown,  loss of wife,  man with glasses,  judge,  interracial relationship,  death of father,  taxi,  watching tv,  three word title,  new york city,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  death,  flashback

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. This is why Nocturnal Animals (2016) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  redemption,  divorce,  art,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  hotel
Characters:artist
Story:title appears in writing,  novelist,  loss of wife,  cowboy hat,  terminal illness,  child in peril,  police car,  extramarital affair,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  police officer,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  flashback,  blood

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:divorce,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:lawyer
Story:wrist slitting,  climbing through a window,  attempted suicide,  shoplifting,  grandfather grandson relationship,  character says i love you,  judge,  police car,  death of father,  camera,  watching tv,  police officer,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood

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Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)
Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)

The first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 'Blue' is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew, free of personal commitments, belongings, grief or love. She intends to numb herself by withdrawing from the world and living completely independently, anonymously and in solitude in the Parisian metropolis. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs. However, the reality created by the people who need and care about her, a surprising discovery and the music around which the film revolves heal Julie and draws her back to the land of the living. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  funeral
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse
Story:medical examination,  servant,  mouse,  rat,  coffin,  judge,  little girl,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  car accident,  swimming pool,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  sex

Across The Universe (2007)
Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Across The Universe (2007)

Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by 'The Beatles' (qv) that defined the time. (Read More)

Themes:depression,  art,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:professor,  artist,  lawyer,  priest,  nurse
Story:theatre audience,  estranged father,  climbing through a window,  music band,  medical examination,  tent,  theatre,  interracial relationship,  taxi,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  brother sister relationship,  three word title,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  death

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

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:finger cut off,  attempted suicide,  severed finger,  character says i love you,  massage,  man with glasses,  police car,  bra,  foot chase,  death of father,  urban setting,  camera,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  voice over narration,  panties,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  interview,  sex,  flashback,  blood,  death

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The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. This is why The Judge (2014) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  childhood,  redemption,  divorce,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:lawyer
Story:judge,  estranged father,  play,  terminal illness,  heart attack,  grave,  coffin,  ambulance,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  car accident,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Story:playing cards,  siren,  skeleton,  grave,  child in peril,  coffin,  ambulance,  police car,  foot chase,  little girl,  death of father,  urban setting,  camera,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback,  dog,  blood

15 Minutes (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

15 Minutes (2001)

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:running in traffic,  talking to oneself in a mirror,  fireman,  character says i love you,  actor shares first name with character,  ambulance,  foot chase,  taxi,  camera,  watching tv,  panties,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death,  dog,  interview

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Nurse Betty (2000)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

Nurse Betty (2000)

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancee of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:lawyer,  nurse
Story:deadpan,  nervous breakdown,  cowboy hat,  tape recorder,  record player,  character says i love you,  ambulance,  police car,  watching tv,  car accident,  swimming pool,  lesbian kiss,  knife,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  death,  sex,  blood

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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:childhood,  depression,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Story:theatre audience,  boy with glasses,  music band,  shoplifting,  tape recorder,  record player,  character says i love you,  ambulance,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback,  sex,  blood

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  divorce,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lawyer
Story:nervous breakdown,  siren,  tape recorder,  private detective,  massage,  ambulance,  new york,  police car,  bra,  foot chase,  car crash,  taxi,  camera,  watching tv,  car accident,  police officer,  voice over narration,  panties,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  independent film,  death,  blood,  dog

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The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:redemption,  friendship
Locations:hotel
Story:accountant,  playing cards,  blood on shirt,  siren,  attempted suicide,  shoplifting,  interracial relationship,  ambulance,  police car,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  police officer,  voice over narration,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  death,  blood,  interview

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:childhood,  redemption,  depression,  incest,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery
Characters:lawyer
Story:estrangement,  shoplifting,  killing an animal,  ambulance,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  little girl,  car crash,  taxi,  camera,  watching tv,  car accident,  brother brother relationship,  knife,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  flashback,  blood

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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:funeral,  wedding,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  hotel
Story:theatre audience,  mental breakdown,  title appears in writing,  cowboy hat,  coffin,  extramarital affair,  camera,  watching tv,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  sex

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Candy (2006)
Drama, Romance

Candy (2006)

This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:professor,  artist
Story:razor blade,  mental breakdown,  nervous breakdown,  shoplifting,  drug addiction,  bra,  camera,  watching tv,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  panties,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  sex,  blood,  death

Short Cuts (1993)
Comedy, Drama

Short Cuts (1993)

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. This is why Short Cuts (1993) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  incest,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:artist
Story:theatre audience,  grandfather grandson relationship,  urban setting,  extramarital affair,  camera,  watching tv,  car accident,  swimming pool,  panties,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  sex,  dog,  death,  blood

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.

Themes:wealth,  divorce,  incest,  wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub
Characters:lawyer
Story:shaving head,  finance,  title appears in writing,  tennis,  falling down stairs,  heart attack,  rat,  drug addiction,  judge,  police car,  little girl,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  police officer,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  interview,  flashback,  blood

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Broken City (2013) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Broken City (2013)

In New York City, detective Billy Taggart goes to court for the murder of the rapist Mikey Tavarez, but the Mayor Nicholas Hostetler and the Chief of Police Carl Fairbanks vanish with important evidence and Billy is declared not guilty by the judge; however, he leaves the police department. Seven years later, Billy is a private detective and lives with his girlfriend Natalie Barrow, who is an aspiring actress and the sister of Mikey's victim. His secretary Katy Bradshaw (Alona Tal) is trying to collect part of the debts to save their business. In the week of the elections, Hostetler summons Billy and offers $25,000 to investigate his wife, Cathleen Hostetler, whom he believes is having a love affair. Billy discovers that Cathleen is meeting Paul Andrews, who is the coordinator of the campaign of Jack Valliant, the opponent of Hostetler and favorite in the election. When Paul is found dead on the street, Billy finds that he had been double-crossed by Hostetler and he decides to investigate the truth behind Paul's murder. (Read More)

Locations:bathtub,  hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:tape recorder,  private detective,  judge,  interracial relationship,  new york,  police car,  death of father,  urban setting,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  camera,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  knife,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  death

Donnie Brasco (1997)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York. Befriending Lefty Ruggiero, Pistone (under the name Donnie Brasco) is able to embed himself in a mafia faction led by Sonny Black. Ruggiero and Pistone become tight as the group goes about collecting money for 'the bosses'. Eventually, the group become big-time when Black himself becomes a boss; all the while, Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart, and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization. The real dilemma is afforded to Pistone, who knows if he walks away from the mafia, Ruggiero will be the one punished. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  racism,  marriage
Locations:hotel,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:cheque,  playing cards,  blood on shirt,  siren,  tennis,  tape recorder,  bra,  camera,  watching tv,  police officer,  swimming pool,  knife,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  blood

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:friendship
Locations:hospital
Story:shot in the hand,  blood on shirt,  grandfather grandson relationship,  child in peril,  foot chase,  death of father,  urban setting,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  three word title,  knife,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  blood,  dog,  flashback

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White Oleander (2002)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. This is why White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:wealth,  redemption,  divorce,  friendship
Characters:artist,  lawyer
Story:forbidden love,  judge,  ambulance,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  extramarital affair,  watching tv,  police officer,  swimming pool,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  panties,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  sex,  flashback,  blood,  interview,  death

Flatliners (1990) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  redemption
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:climbing through a window,  attempted suicide,  tape recorder,  character says i love you,  drug addiction,  man with glasses,  foot chase,  little girl,  death of father,  urban setting,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father daughter relationship,  sex,  dog,  blood,  flashback

Hung Fan Kui (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Hung Fan Kui (1995)

Keong comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle's wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. Meanwhile, one of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head. Blinded by greed, his involvement draws his gang, the kid, Keong, and the whole neighborhood into a deadly crossfire. When the lazy cops fail to successfully resolve matters, Keong takes things into his own hands. Needless to say, much spectacular kung-fu and outrageous action sequences follow.... (Read More)

Themes:wedding
Story:climbing through a window,  blood on shirt,  shoplifting,  falling down stairs,  actor shares first name with character,  child in peril,  interracial relationship,  police car,  foot chase,  urban setting,  car crash,  taxi,  car accident,  police officer,  brother sister relationship,  panties,  knife,  new york city,  independent film,  interview,  blood,  death

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The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)

The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  funeral,  wedding,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:priest
Story:cruise ship,  ballerina,  music band,  siren,  pet dog,  tennis,  terminal illness,  coffin,  ambulance,  bra,  little girl,  watching tv,  voice over narration,  panties,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  depression,  friendship
Characters:lawyer
Story:bandaged hand,  shot in the hand,  blood on shirt,  tape recorder,  heart attack,  child in peril,  ambulance,  car crash,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  car accident,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  photograph,  death,  blood,  flashback

Amores Perros (2000) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Drama, Thriller

Amores Perros (2000)

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. This is why Amores Perros (2000) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  funeral,  marriage
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:car accident,  chapter headings,  dogfight,  stabbed in the stomach,  rat,  coffin,  ambulance,  car crash,  extramarital affair,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  dog,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  death,  flashback,  sex,  blood

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Apt Pupil (1998)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Apt Pupil (1998)

Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden (Renfro) discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker (Mackellan) is Nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the concentration camps in WWII. Denker agrees and Bowden starts visiting him regularly. The more stories Bowden hears, the more it affects his personality. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:theatre audience,  phonograph record,  mouse,  killing an animal,  falling down stairs,  record player,  heart attack,  man with glasses,  ambulance,  police car,  camera,  watching tv,  knife,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood

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:funeral
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Story:reconciliation,  grandfather grandson relationship,  coffin,  ambulance,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  death of father,  urban setting,  car crash,  camera,  slow motion scene,  police officer,  brother brother relationship,  new york city,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  flashback,  death,  blood,  sex

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:grief,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  hospital
Characters:priest
Story:phonograph record,  physician,  siren,  record player,  grave,  ambulance,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  death,  sex

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Enter The Void (2009) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  incest,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hotel,  hospital
Story:brother sister incest,  grandfather grandson relationship,  police car,  little girl,  death of father,  car crash,  taxi,  car accident,  brother sister relationship,  panties,  three word title,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  sex,  blood

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. This is why My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  grief,  funeral,  marriage,  friendship
Characters:artist,  nurse
Story:phonograph record,  boy with glasses,  playing cards,  medical examination,  loss of wife,  record player,  coffin,  little girl,  watching tv,  police officer,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood

Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:art,  funeral
Locations:cemetery,  hotel
Characters:lawyer
Story:theatre audience,  reconciliation,  grandfather grandson relationship,  record player,  theatre,  judge,  death of father,  taxi,  brother brother relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback

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Frida (2002)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  art,  funeral,  wedding,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:bathtub,  hospital
Characters:artist
Story:genius,  skeleton,  extramarital affair,  slow motion scene,  new york city,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  blood,  flashback,  dog

Ken Park (2002) is one of the best movies like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Drama

Ken Park (2002)

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation # the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. (Read More)

Themes:incest,  marriage
Locations:cemetery
Story:tennis,  tape recorder,  grandfather grandson relationship,  grave,  police car,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  death of father,  extramarital affair,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  panties,  knife,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  sex,  death

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)
Drama

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (1999)

Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  redemption,  funeral,  friendship
Locations:cemetery,  hospital
Characters:nurse
Story:physician,  play,  drug addiction,  theatre,  bra,  taxi,  slow motion scene,  voice over narration,  panties,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  dog,  death

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