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

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

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

Themes:cruelty,  insanity,  guilt,  paranoia,  anger,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas
Locations:wheelchair,  school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:peanut butter and jelly sandwich,  dirty diaper,  crying baby,  red paint,  paint gun,  killed with an arrow,  baby boy,  shot with an arrow,  target practice,  egg shell,  scrambled egg,  broken egg,  reading to a child,  bow and arrow,  reading aloud,  body search,  animal cruelty,  painting a room,  title same as book,  halloween costume,  computer disc,  baby carriage,  computer virus,  christmas party,  playing with food,  kissing in the rain,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  school shooting,  prison visit,  prison guard,  christmas decorations,  christmas present,  little girl,  office party,  christmas tree,  nude photograph,  little boy,  telephone call,  murder of daughter,  marital estrangement,  eternal damnation,  intellectual disability slur,  brother kills sister,  stubborn child,  stuffed toy dog,  toilet training,  potty training,  reference to buddy holly,  breaking a lock,  seeing parents have sex,  nail biting,  calling 911,  bicycle lock,  venetian blinds,  jingle bells,  travel writer,  deer antlers,  loss of eye,  q tip,  mother son estrangement,  killing a pet,  hand slap,  son kills father,  scrubbing a floor,  root beer,  destructiveness,  tetherball,  missing pet,  windshield wiper,  garbage disposal,  kitchen sink,  redecorating,  head held underwater,  reflection in eye,  arm in a cast,  incommunicability,  garland,  the color red,  murder of husband,  xylophone,  jelly,  heredity,  eye bandage,  miscommunication,  travel agent,  reference to robin hood,  loosely based on real events,  travel agency,  belief in the afterlife,  name tag,  copy machine,  miniature golf,  belief in hell,  prozac,  guinea pig,  parcel,  sororicide,  man carrying a woman,  defiance,  crayon,  barking,  jackhammer,  little sister,  lawn sprinkler,  new home,  counting,  memento,  glass eye,  precociousness,  photocopier,  trick or treat,  stubbornness,  reference to led zeppelin,  incarceration,  oxygen mask,  media frenzy,  heartbeat,  doctor's office,  handicapped person,  ostracism,  lawn mower,  new house,  diaper,  cereal,  evil child,  hamster,  extreme close up,  toddler,  arm sling,  video game,  first person title,  in medias res,  target,  sick child,  ironing,  station wagon,  self referential,  inmate,  playing a video game,  tomato,  razor blade,  reference to donald trump,  cd,  ant,  patricide,  knocking on a door,  15 year old,  stretcher,  vacuum cleaner,  17 year old,  looking out a window,  name calling,  archery,  stuffed animal,  paint,  defecation,  triple f rated,  new job,  sandwich,  video tape,  earphones,  motherhood,  holding hands,  killing spree,  pajamas,  arrow,  broken arm,  alienation,  eye patch,  death of daughter,  ball,  medication,  sex talk,  job interview,  crossbow,  grocery store,  thunder,  pills,  covered in blood,  janitor,  promise,  mob,  flatulence,  mass murder,  caught having sex,  hiding,  vandalism,  monologue,  listening to music,  high school,  sociopath,  cake,  killing an animal,  egg,  balloon,  answering machine,  claim in title,  supermarket,  hugging,  death of husband,  murderer,  tragic event,  childbirth,  american flag,  gym,  scar,  reading,  umbrella,  liar,  suburb,  author,  flash forward,  search,  mental illness,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  dinner,  map,  eating,  basketball,  massacre,  name in title,  new york,  wine,  police car,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  halloween,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  running,  psychopath,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  title directed by female,  pregnancy,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  masturbation,  violence,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  flashback

High-rise (2015)
Drama

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:insanity,  paranoia,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  doctor
Story:crying baby,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  scrubbing a floor,  in medias res,  knocking on a door,  name calling,  paint,  defecation,  earphones,  covered in blood,  caught having sex,  listening to music,  killing an animal,  balloon,  supermarket,  childbirth,  gym,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  wine,  police car,  subjective camera,  f word,  lie,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  brother sister relationship,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  murder,  flashback,  violence,  blood

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

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

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas
Locations:school
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:prison guard,  christmas decorations,  christmas tree,  telephone call,  man carrying a woman,  media frenzy,  promise,  high school,  supermarket,  american flag,  liar,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  basketball,  police car,  handcuffs,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  blood,  flashback,  violence

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:insanity,  paranoia,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  telephone call,  looking out a window,  earphones,  pills,  flatulence,  author,  flash forward,  mental illness,  apology,  eating,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  masturbation,  flashback,  kiss,  violence

Biutiful (2010) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  doctor
Story:crying baby,  baby boy,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  belief in the afterlife,  heartbeat,  pills,  cake,  hugging,  tragic event,  apology,  dinner,  eating,  wine,  police car,  subjective camera,  telephone,  running,  tears,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  violence,  death

Adore (2013)
Drama, Romance

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:guilt,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  travel agent,  new job,  listening to music,  death of husband,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  wine,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  title directed by female,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  f rated,  kiss,  flashback,  death

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

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

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  christmas present,  christmas tree,  little boy,  telephone call,  heartbeat,  15 year old,  looking out a window,  holding hands,  pills,  promise,  listening to music,  high school,  hugging,  reading,  flash forward,  mental illness,  apology,  dinner,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback

Adam (2009)
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Adam (2009)

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

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  policeman
Story:reading to a child,  reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  job interview,  promise,  answering machine,  hugging,  american flag,  reading,  author,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  new york,  police car,  subjective camera,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  food,  crying,  train,  new york city,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  kiss

Mother (2009) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Mother (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:guilt,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:prison guard,  scrubbing a floor,  memento,  ostracism,  name calling,  hiding,  killing an animal,  umbrella,  flash forward,  search,  eating,  bra,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  vomiting,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  murder

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

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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

Themes:christmas
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison guard,  christmas present,  telephone call,  incarceration,  first person title,  job interview,  grocery store,  pills,  promise,  claim in title,  supermarket,  hugging,  reading,  liar,  flash forward,  eating,  subjective camera,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  computer,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  singing,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  masturbation,  kiss,  death,  blood,  flashback

A Man Called Ove (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Man Called Ove (2015)

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

Themes:anger,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  little girl,  telephone call,  oxygen mask,  looking out a window,  name calling,  holding hands,  pajamas,  broken arm,  promise,  listening to music,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  wine,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  running,  lie,  book,  drink,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  train,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback,  blood,  death,  kiss

Take Shelter (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Take Shelter (2011)

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking
Characters:baby,  doctor
Story:little girl,  telephone call,  windshield wiper,  crayon,  jackhammer,  oxygen mask,  cereal,  looking out a window,  holding hands,  medication,  thunder,  pills,  supermarket,  hugging,  reading,  mental illness,  apology,  eating,  subjective camera,  f word,  tears,  vomiting,  book,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  guilt,  jealousy
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  policeman,  boy
Story:crying baby,  reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little boy,  telephone call,  lawn sprinkler,  heartbeat,  looking out a window,  thunder,  promise,  vandalism,  listening to music,  childbirth,  reading,  liar,  suburb,  flash forward,  search,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  halloween,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

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

Themes:anger,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair,  school,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  little girl,  telephone call,  stuffed toy dog,  copy machine,  cd,  earphones,  job interview,  janitor,  promise,  vandalism,  listening to music,  high school,  answering machine,  hugging,  american flag,  reading,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  f word,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  train,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  violence,  kiss

My Left Foot (1989)
Biography, Drama

My Left Foot (1989)

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

Themes:anger,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:baby,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  ironing,  listening to music,  death of husband,  reading,  author,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  book,  painting,  drink,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

Hesher (2010)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  jealousy
Locations:school
Characters:policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  murder of daughter,  bicycle lock,  arm in a cast,  looking out a window,  death of daughter,  grocery store,  pills,  hiding,  vandalism,  listening to music,  high school,  answering machine,  liar,  suburb,  apology,  eating,  teenage boy,  f word,  running,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  urination,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  masturbation

Another Earth (2011) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  drinking
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer
Story:telephone call,  playing a video game,  knocking on a door,  vacuum cleaner,  17 year old,  looking out a window,  holding hands,  grocery store,  janitor,  listening to music,  high school,  american flag,  reading,  liar,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  basketball,  bra,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  mirror,  food,  prison,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  flashback,  kiss

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:guilt,  drinking
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:baby boy,  reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  memento,  knocking on a door,  job interview,  listening to music,  liar,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  f word,  telephone,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  drink,  computer,  mirror,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  flashback,  death

The Judge (2014)
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. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  little girl,  stubbornness,  knocking on a door,  17 year old,  looking out a window,  thunder,  tragic event,  american flag,  umbrella,  liar,  flash forward,  eating,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  f word,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  prison,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  murder

Fish Tank (2009)
Drama

Fish Tank (2009)

Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer,  girl
Story:little girl,  telephone call,  little sister,  hamster,  cd,  15 year old,  looking out a window,  triple f rated,  thunder,  listening to music,  balloon,  hugging,  suburb,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  rain,  title directed by female,  crying,  train,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  f rated,  kiss

Nowhere Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:anger,  drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:little boy,  telephone call,  reference to buddy holly,  looking out a window,  pajamas,  listening to music,  death of husband,  reading,  flash forward,  eating,  teenage boy,  telephone,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  urination,  mirror,  food,  title directed by female,  song,  crying,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  death,  masturbation,  blood,  kiss,  flashback

Legend (2015)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  insanity,  guilt,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  prison guard,  christmas present,  knocking on a door,  looking out a window,  name calling,  death of daughter,  thunder,  promise,  cake,  egg,  umbrella,  mental illness,  apology,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  f word,  handcuffs,  running,  psychopath,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  prison,  song,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder,  kiss

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:drinking
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  doctor
Story:little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  vacuum cleaner,  death of daughter,  hiding,  reading,  suburb,  flash forward,  search,  eating,  police car,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  running,  tears,  book,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  kiss

Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  guilt,  paranoia,  drinking,  christmas
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:target practice,  halloween costume,  little girl,  christmas tree,  little boy,  telephone call,  cereal,  station wagon,  playing a video game,  new job,  earphones,  listening to music,  scar,  reading,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  new york,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  halloween,  running,  tears,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  food,  rain,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  kiss,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  masturbation

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

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

Themes:drinking
Locations:wheelchair,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  singer
Story:telephone call,  missing pet,  razor blade,  broken arm,  grocery store,  pills,  vandalism,  listening to music,  scar,  reading,  flash forward,  search,  apology,  eating,  basketball,  police car,  sunglasses,  tears,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  urination,  food,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

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

Changeling (2008)

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

Themes:insanity,  paranoia
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:reading aloud,  telephone call,  media frenzy,  medication,  sociopath,  american flag,  reading,  umbrella,  liar,  search,  mental illness,  eating,  police car,  telephone,  handcuffs,  running,  psychopath,  tears,  lie,  face slap,  food,  rain,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  death

Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  boy,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  doctor's office,  arm sling,  name calling,  broken arm,  sex talk,  balloon,  answering machine,  umbrella,  flash forward,  apology,  wine,  police car,  f word,  telephone,  lie,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  pregnancy,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  f rated,  masturbation,  kiss,  flashback

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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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

Themes:guilt,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:shot with an arrow,  title same as book,  telephone call,  heartbeat,  knocking on a door,  eye patch,  crossbow,  covered in blood,  caught having sex,  umbrella,  author,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  subjective camera,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  running,  tears,  book,  drink,  computer,  face slap,  food,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  flashback

21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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:guilt,  anger,  drinking
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  boy,  doctor
Story:little girl,  little boy,  telephone call,  hamster,  death of daughter,  pills,  hiding,  death of husband,  scar,  umbrella,  flash forward,  nonlinear timeline,  basketball,  police car,  teenage boy,  tears,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  party,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss,  masturbation

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:guilt,  paranoia,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy
Story:little girl,  telephone call,  media frenzy,  new job,  promise,  vandalism,  killing an animal,  hugging,  murderer,  liar,  apology,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  tears,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  prison,  crying,  train,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  violence

A Separation (2011)
Drama, Mystery

A Separation (2011)

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

Locations:wheelchair,  school,  hospital
Characters:girl,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  body search,  little girl,  telephone call,  venetian blinds,  copy machine,  oxygen mask,  cd,  knocking on a door,  looking out a window,  pills,  promise,  liar,  apology,  subjective camera,  telephone,  handcuffs,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  pregnancy,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  f rated,  death,  murder

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

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
Locations:restaurant
Characters:policeman,  singer,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  little boy,  telephone call,  in medias res,  looking out a window,  listening to music,  reading,  liar,  search,  apology,  eating,  wine,  police car,  telephone,  handcuffs,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  flashback

Caché (2005) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Caché (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  jealousy
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  boy,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  grocery store,  killing an animal,  answering machine,  death of husband,  scar,  reading,  liar,  author,  search,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  dinner,  massacre,  wine,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  blood

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)
Drama, War, History

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)

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

Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:reading aloud,  little boy,  telephone call,  sandwich,  pajamas,  reading,  liar,  search,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  food,  rain,  prison,  song,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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:drinking
Locations:school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  oxygen mask,  earphones,  holding hands,  pills,  listening to music,  high school,  reading,  liar,  dinner,  eating,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  teenage boy,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  masturbation,  kiss

Killer Joe (2011)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Killer Joe (2011)

Finding himself in considerable debt, Chris, a Texan drug dealer, decides the only solution is to murder his mother to collect the insurance money. Getting together with his father, the ex-husband of Chris' mother, they decide to hire Joe Cooper (a contract killer) who also happens to be a police detective. The plan is that the money will go to Chris' sister Dottie. However due to the size of the contract fee, Chris agrees that Joe can take Dottie as a retainer until the insurance comes through. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:baby,  policeman
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  nude photograph,  telephone call,  knocking on a door,  holding hands,  promise,  listening to music,  apology,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  f word,  telephone,  handcuffs,  psychopath,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  train,  brother sister relationship,  party,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

August: Osage County (2013) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  anger,  drinking
Characters:singer,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  precociousness,  knocking on a door,  thunder,  pills,  listening to music,  sociopath,  death of husband,  liar,  apology,  wine,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  f word,  telephone,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss

The Impossible (2012)
Drama, Thriller, History

The Impossible (2012)

A regular family - Maria ('Naomi Watts' (qv)), Henry ('Ewan McGregor' (qv)) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  anger,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:boy,  doctor
Story:christmas present,  little boy,  telephone call,  name tag,  oxygen mask,  stretcher,  earphones,  holding hands,  ball,  promise,  hugging,  tragic event,  scar,  search,  apology,  map,  eating,  wine,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  telephone,  running,  tears,  watching tv,  urination,  food,  rain,  crying,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  blood,  kiss

Dan In Real Life (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Dan In Real Life (2007)

Single father Dan Burns dedicates his life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. They get to know each other, but then Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother, Mitch.

Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  cereal,  station wagon,  gym,  apology,  dinner,  map,  eating,  police car,  tears,  book,  computer,  mirror,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  kiss

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller

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:drinking,  christmas
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:target practice,  telephone call,  target,  earphones,  mass murder,  gym,  reading,  suburb,  search,  apology,  dinner,  eating,  basketball,  massacre,  wine,  bra,  handcuffs,  running,  sunglasses,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  face slap,  urination,  mirror,  food,  rain,  song,  new york city,  party,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  f rated,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  death

The Dressmaker (2015) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Comedy, Drama

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:drinking
Locations:wheelchair
Characters:dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer
Story:telephone call,  looking out a window,  name calling,  triple f rated,  holding hands,  hiding,  listening to music,  cake,  umbrella,  flash forward,  apology,  f word,  telephone,  running,  sunglasses,  lie,  book,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  title directed by female,  song,  train,  new york city,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  f rated,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  kiss,  blood

In Her Shoes (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drinking
Locations:restaurant
Characters:dancer,  doctor
Story:telephone call,  death of daughter,  medication,  grocery store,  balloon,  supermarket,  death of husband,  reading,  umbrella,  liar,  search,  mental illness,  eating,  basketball,  wine,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  urination,  food,  rain,  crying,  train,  party,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  kiss

Mustang (2015)
Drama

Mustang (2015)

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  travel agency,  vacuum cleaner,  looking out a window,  name calling,  hiding,  tragic event,  reading,  apology,  eating,  bra,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  telephone,  running,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  prison,  song,  crying,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  f rated,  violence,  kiss,  blood

Disturbia (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Disturbia (2007)

After his father is killed in a car accident, things unravel for Kale Brecht and he is placed under house-arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. Having nothing better to do, Kale occupies himself by spying on his neighbors. But one night, he witnesses what appears to be a murder going on in Mr. Turner's house. Kale becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind these murders but, after a few unsettling run-ins with Mr. Turner, it becomes a matter of life and death. And the ominous question: Who is watching whom? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  drinking,  jealousy
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  boy
Story:telephone call,  lawn mower,  playing a video game,  earphones,  killing spree,  thunder,  listening to music,  high school,  sociopath,  scar,  reading,  suburb,  flash forward,  eating,  police car,  teenage boy,  handcuffs,  running,  psychopath,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  computer,  food,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

Persepolis (2007) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

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

Themes:guilt,  anger,  drinking,  christmas
Locations:wheelchair,  school,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  policeman,  girl,  boy,  doctor
Story:title same as book,  telephone call,  triple f rated,  earphones,  pajamas,  grocery store,  pills,  hiding,  high school,  supermarket,  hugging,  reading,  liar,  flash forward,  eating,  wine,  bra,  teenage boy,  running,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  book,  drink,  watching tv,  food,  rain,  title directed by female,  prison,  crying,  party,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  death,  flashback,  kiss,  murder,  blood

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking
Characters:policeman
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  prison visit,  prison guard,  telephone call,  deer antlers,  knocking on a door,  promise,  killing an animal,  american flag,  apology,  eating,  police car,  f word,  telephone,  running,  psychopath,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  vomiting,  painting,  drink,  watching tv,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  prison,  crying,  train,  photograph,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

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

Themes:paranoia,  drinking
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  dancer,  policeman,  girl,  singer,  doctor
Story:bow and arrow,  kissing in the rain,  christmas tree,  telephone call,  doctor's office,  hamster,  medication,  pills,  high school,  cake,  hugging,  reading,  liar,  suburb,  police car,  bra,  dysfunctional family,  telephone,  lie,  drink,  watching tv,  rain,  song,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  party,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Forty-year-old Christine Lucas wakes up in bed with a man she does not know, in an unfamiliar house. The man explains that he is her husband, Ben, and that she suffered brain damage from a car accident ten years earlier. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory of her life from her early twenties onwards. Christine receives treatment from Dr. Nasch, a neurologist at a local hospital who provides her a camera to record her thoughts and progress each day, and calls her every morning to remind her to watch the video in the camera. Soon, she starts to discover the truth around her. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  paranoia,  anger
Locations:school,  hospital
Characters:baby,  boy,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  little boy,  telephone call,  windshield wiper,  name tag,  first person title,  holding hands,  listening to music,  sociopath,  scar,  liar,  flash forward,  search,  mental illness,  apology,  eating,  police car,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  running,  lie,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  crying,  party,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  kiss

Mommy (2014) is one of the best movies like We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Drama

Mommy (2014)

Forty-six year old Diane Despres - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Despres, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neig… (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  jealousy,  christmas
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:baby,  dancer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  telephone call,  copy machine,  oxygen mask,  cd,  15 year old,  vacuum cleaner,  looking out a window,  name calling,  promise,  vandalism,  supermarket,  reading,  liar,  apology,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  lie,  book,  drink,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  song,  crying,  train,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  masturbation,  death,  blood,  violence,  kiss

The Sessions (2012)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Sessions (2012)

At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  drinking,  jealousy
Locations:wheelchair,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer
Story:telephone call,  station wagon,  sex talk,  job interview,  promise,  answering machine,  hugging,  reading,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  bra,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  f word,  telephone,  running,  sunglasses,  tears,  book,  drink,  urination,  food,  song,  party,  singing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  masturbation,  flashback,  kiss

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