Surreal Concepts and Plots

by parallelrealitiesmusic | created - 27 Oct 2016 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

My choice of surreal stories & fascinating plots.

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1. Capturing Mary (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 105 min | Drama

A young man ushers an older woman into a dark exploration of her past - back to the time when, as a young girl, she met a stranger who affected her life forever.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ruth Wilson, David Walliams, Danny Lee Wynter

Votes: 1,362

2. A Real Summer (2007 TV Movie)

45 min | Drama

It is 1958, and the final debutante 'season'. Mary, a brilliant young writer and critic is befriended by Geraldine, a seemingly friendly young debutante of a similar age but a very ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Ruth Wilson, Dirk Bogarde, Jack Hawkins, Kenneth More

Votes: 126

3. Eleanor (2015)

20 min | Short, Drama

Golden-globe winner Ruth Wilson plays three different women whose lives become fatefully intertwined over one night. A truly innovative and haunting examination of the human psyche - Eleanor will replay in your dreams.

Directors: Tobias Ross-Southall, Alex Warren | Stars: Ruth Wilson, Daniel Easton, Romany Pajdak

Votes: 16

4. Sabirni centar (1989)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

During the excavation of ancient Roman ruins, an old archaeology professor accidentally opens the gate between our world and the world of the dead.

Director: Goran Markovic | Stars: Rade Markovic, Bogdan Diklic, Dragan Nikolic, Olivera Markovic

Votes: 2,091

5. Until the End of the World (1991)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Pietro Falcone, Enzo Turrin

Votes: 7,700 | Gross: $0.75M

6. Avalon (2001)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In a dystopian world, a woman spends her time playing an illegal and dangerous game, hoping to find meaning in her world.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski

Votes: 12,216

7. Sliding Doors (1998)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 57,689 | Gross: $11.88M

8. On the Milky Road (2016)

125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A story that stretches across war, blossoming love and living as a recluse.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Emir Kusturica, Monica Bellucci, Sloboda Micalovic, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic

Votes: 2,954

9. Der Zauberberg (1982)

153 min | Drama

Hans Castorp, fresh from university and about to become a civil engineer, comes to the Sanatorium Berghof in the Swiss Alps to visit his cousin Joachim, an army officer, who is recovering ... See full summary »

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer | Stars: Werner Eichhorn, Rod Steiger, Marie-France Pisier, Flavio Bucci

Votes: 365

10. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,015,332 | Gross: $53.09M

11. Shooting the Past (1999 TV Movie)

182 min | Drama, History

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 1,041

12. Dimensions (I) (2011)

101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Cambridge, England, 1921 - or so it seems. A brilliant young scientist becomes obsessed with finding a way back to his past - no matter what the cost.

Director: Sloane U'Ren | Stars: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Camilla Rutherford, Patrick Godfrey, Olivia Llewellyn

Votes: 422

13. Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

R | 111 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

30 Metascore

Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck

Votes: 15,846

14. Planetarium (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

44 Metascore

Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski | Stars: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar

Votes: 2,204

15. An Inspector Calls (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sophie Rundle, Lucy Chappell, Miranda Richardson, Ken Stott

Votes: 6,183

16. Ko to tamo peva (1980)

86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever.

Director: Slobodan Sijan | Stars: Pavle Vuisic, Dragan Nikolic, Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Aleksandar Bercek

Votes: 11,870

17. The Sheltering Sky (1990)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama

The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Debra Winger, John Malkovich, Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett

Votes: 9,926 | Gross: $2.08M

18. The Queen of Sheba's Pearls (2004)

131 min | Drama

Set in post-war England, a mysterious woman arrives at the Prettys' rural family home on the eve of young Jack's 16th birthday. Her remarkable likeness to a Pretty family member who ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Nutley | Stars: Helena Bergström, Lorcan Cranitch, Lindsay Duncan, Tim Dutton

Votes: 383

19. Beyond Good and Evil (1977)

127 min | Biography, Drama

The life and ideas of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. A love triangle unfolds as Nietzsche and his best friend decides to live with a Jewish woman. According to Nietzsche's ... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Erland Josephson, Robert Powell, Virna Lisi

Votes: 308

20. It's Getting Late (2012)

8 min | Short

Short film made for a fashion house. Four women from different backgrounds get ready and go to a concert.

Director: Massy Tadjedin | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Patricia Clarkson, Zola Jesus, Rinko Kikuchi

Votes: 82

21. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

75 Metascore

In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Irving Metzman

Votes: 41,650 | Gross: $10.63M

22. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 329,441 | Gross: $39.87M

23. Maratonci trce pocasni krug (1982)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

The Topalovic family has been in the burial business for generations. When the old (150 yrs old) Pantelija dies, five generations of his heirs start to fight for the inheritance.

Director: Slobodan Sijan | Stars: Bogdan Diklic, Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Pavle Vuisic, Mija Aleksic

Votes: 12,422

24. Steppenwolf (1974)

R | 107 min | Drama

In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Haines | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clémenti, Carla Romanelli

Votes: 894

Warning: If you have not read Hesse's Steppenwolf, you will not understand the film.

25. Death Defying Acts (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

48 Metascore

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 9,107 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979)

93 min | Comedy

Believe it or not even in Smalltown USA there are still people who are unfulfilled and unrelieved in the midst of plenty. Levonna & Lamar could have the perfect relationship if it were not ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Kitten Natividad, Ann Marie, Ken Kerr, June Mack

Votes: 2,582

27. Supervixens (1975)

Unrated | 106 min | Comedy

Clint Ramsey has to leave his job working at Martin Bormann's gas station and flee after his wife is murdered by psycho cop Harry Sledge, who tries to pin the murder on Clint. Crossing ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Charles Pitts, Shari Eubank, Charles Napier, Uschi Digard

Votes: 3,788

28. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 145,495

29. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Thoreson, Florence Kastriner

Votes: 221,316 | Gross: $62.50M

30. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 113,849 | Gross: $3.80M

31. The Crystal Crypt (2013)

28 min | Short, Sci-Fi

The last refugee plane to leave Mars before an intergalactic war may be hiding earthling terrorists, along with other things much more terrifying and precious.

Director: Shahab Zargari | Stars: Evan Cassidy, Alex Demkin, Bob Gates, Jean Gomez

Votes: 33

32. Mudhoney (1965)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama

It's 1933, in the midst of the Depression and Prohibition. Calif, a stranger with a past walks into Spooner, Missouri on his way from Michigan to California. He hires on with Lute Wade to ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Hal Hopper, Antoinette Cristiani, John Furlong, Rena Horten

Votes: 1,090

33. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 176,857

34. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 56,062

35. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

A space-opera spanning the dawn of man to humanity reaching the stars, 2001: A Space Odyssey tells the story of the Black Monolith, humanity's evolution and the rise of A.I.'s ultimate supercomputer HAL 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 515,550 | Gross: $56.95M

36. The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

GP | 94 min | Thriller

Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment, his life is upset.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Roger Moore, Hildegard Neil, Alastair Mackenzie, Hugh Mackenzie

Votes: 1,666

37. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 344,766 | Gross: $56.82M



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