Movies like Midaq Alley

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Midaq Alley
Original name: El Callejón de los Milagros
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City. There is the bar-owner's son, Chava, who yearns to emigrate to America. A poor barber, Abel, is madly in love with the gorgeous Alma, who eventually becomes a high-class prostitute. Finally, there is Susanita, the desperate spinster who pursues many love affairs in hopes of finding a husband.
Style: clever, serious, harsh, emotional, realistic, fairy tale, sentimental, melancholic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: addiction, prostitution, prostitute, homosexuality, crimes, love and romance, poverty, brutality, relationships, women, pornography, society, loneliness, couples, life is a bitch, pimp, gay parent, adultery, mexican, destiny, gays and lesbians, family, multiple storylines, working class, coming out ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, mexico, africa, egypt, middle east, rio de janeiro, tokyo ...
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Mamma Roma
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The North
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UK, USA
141 min.
 7.7
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, reflective and talky films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, storytelling, pornography, dialogue and loneliness mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Midaq Alley: Ten (2002), The Dreamlife of Angels (1998), A Single Girl (1995), Country (1984), The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ten
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Duration: 113 min.
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Mamma Roma
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Duration: 106 min.
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