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The Circle (2000)
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The Circle (2000)
Original name: دایره
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, contemplative, disturbing, harsh, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: on the run, prostitute, rebellion, life is a bitch, woman in danger, pregnancy, politics, friendship, injustice, society, abortion, discrimination, women's rights, women in society, male female relationship, sexism, religious fundamentalism, prison, freedom, patriarchy, friends, siblings relations, strong female presence, prostitution, hospital ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, injustice, catastrophe, mentor, culture clash and rebellion mostly in Drama, Comedy and Sport genres. Some movies like The Circle: Bread and Roses (2000), Goodbye (2011), The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), The Hidden Half (2001), Ten (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: immigrants, realism, labor union, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, mexico city, guatemala ...
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100%
 6.9
 632
Goodbye (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Without her husband and without her lawyer’s licence, which has been withdrawn, Noora is left pregnant and alone in her apartment. Her attempt to leave Iran turns into a fight with male chauvinism. A personal, nerve-wracking and infuriating film ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: rebelliousness, society, injustice, political unrest, rebellion, woman in danger, danger, immigrants, life is a bitch, strong female presence, misfit, lawyer
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a ...
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, political ...
Plot: injustice, sadism, discrimination, destructive relationship, society, tragic hero, loss of family member, witnessing a crime, village, couple relations, journalist, conspiracy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Hidden Half (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An official is sent from his home in Tehran to hear the final appeal of a woman sentenced to death, a political prisoner. The official's wife of nearly 20 years, Fereshteh Samimi, writes him a letter to read when he reaches the hotel - the ...
Style: sincere, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: militant, rebellion, fighting the system, woman in danger, injustice, feminism, rebelliousness, political unrest, couple relations, legal action, couples, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Ten (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: society, life is a bitch, passenger, driver, hopes, love and romance, family relations, down on your luck, human nature, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, prayer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, california, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.3
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, oppression, injustice, child abuse, dishonesty, danger, job seeking, disorder, totalitarianism, life is a bitch, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Apple (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.
Style: serious, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate, touching ...
Plot: confined, social worker, family relations, isolation, religions or cults, society, life is a bitch, human nature, father daughter relationship, blindness, twins, feral child ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Women Without Men (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Ukraine, Morocco, Iran
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Style: sincere, stylized, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: prostitute, society, life is a bitch, social differences, state affairs, coping, rich and poor, coup d'etat, women, adult virgin, political unrest, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A girl reaches the age of nine and is supposed to act as a grown woman according to her family. A girl participates in a bike race against the will of her husband. An elderly woman decides she wants to buy all the things she always wanted but could ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: feminism, against the odds, injustice, life is a bitch, culture clash, society, rebelliousness, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, gender, strong female presence, female director ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, japan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
A Minor Leap Down (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Nahal is around thirty and in her fourth month of pregnancy. During a routine check-up she learns that her baby has died and she now faces a curettage abortion in two days’ time. When she tries to address the subject, neither her mother nor her ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, emotional, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, society, family relations, life is a bitch, estrangement, rebelliousness, strong female presence, miscarriage, pregnancy, unfulfillment, depression, iranian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 241
Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, death row, prison life, confined, pardon, society, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, legal action, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
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Offside (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Iran
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Since women are banned from soccer matches, Iranian females masquerade as males so they can slip into Tehran's stadium to see the game between Iran and Bahrain. The ones who are caught and arrested are taken to a holding area and guarded by ...
Style: humorous, realistic, political, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: stadium, fighting the system, sexism, human spirit, politics, injustice, rebelliousness, soccer, rebellion, gender disguise, segregation, sport ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006, 2000s
Place: iran, middle east, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Pinochet's Last Stand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In 1998 former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet visits Britain for medical treatment. On being tipped off, Amnesty International seize the chance to bring to justice a man they insist is guilty of multiple human rights violations. The newly-elected ...
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, extradition, rebellion, state affairs, legal, society, life is a bitch, dishonesty, against humanity, downfall, dictator, politician ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1998, 1990s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.1
 718
Iron Island (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Squatters live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children attend a school on board; men harvest scrap metal and old oil in the hull; women keep house and raise children and Captain Nemat runs it all with an iron hand. We follow a ...
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: ship, forbidden love, injustice, power relations, human nature, human spirit, young lovers, misfit, hopes, rebelliousness, down on your luck, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, persia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, suspenseful, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, danger, hopes, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, pakistan, afghanistan, turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: heroes, working class, friendship, politics, eviction, injustice, testimony, pregnancy, idealism, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 1950s
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 4K
678 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Deals with the phenomenon of sexual harassment in Egypt. Film depicts the moving story of three women Atfguen in some way or another to address the disturbing fact, the phenomenon can not be overlooked in the Egyptian and Arab street and the ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: sexual harassment, self defense, bus, rebellion, injustice, social decay, rebelliousness, vigilantism, life is a bitch, crimes, society, defiant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2009
Place: egypt, cairo egypt, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Closed Curtain (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man, his dog, a young woman and a filmmaker in a house by the Caspian Sea. All three are wanted, but they are also in search of each other. Thus begins an absurd game in which reality and fiction merge.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, disturbing, offbeat ...
Plot: on the run, against the rules, writer's life, dishonesty, disorder, isolation, danger, film within a film, confined, filmmaking, postmodernism, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 1K
Tales (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: society, love, everyday life, family relations, multiple storylines, couples, friendship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social misfits, female director, iranian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 759
Our Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Focusing on the bonding between three female (an African American female, a half African American half Latino American female, and a Latino American female) high school members of Brooklyn's "Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band" ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, disturbing, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: asthma, friendship, high school, lifestyle, musician's life, against the odds, music band, life is a bitch, society, youth, hopes, working class ...
Time: 90s, future, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine both received Emmy nominations for their performances in this made-for-TV movie. The plot follows Nelson Mandela's 27-year struggle to end apartheid.
Style: sincere, emotional, disturbing, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: racism, prison, discrimination, against humanity, fighting the system, congress, injustice, righting the wronged, false accusation, political unrest, hopes, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.
Style: thought provoking, touching, serious, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: countryside, small town, fish out of water, family relations, village, parents and children, politics, village life, terminal illness, mountain, engineer, farm ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 5K
September 11 (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, USA, Iran
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 11 directors show their view on the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: terrorism, war on terror, politics, danger, state affairs, skyscraper, innocence lost, love affair, injustice, life is a bitch, deadly, 9/11 ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, iran, middle east, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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A Single Girl (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young Parisian must make major decisions about pregnancy, a job and her boyfriend.
Style: contemplative, sincere, psychological, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, introspection, working class, unwanted pregnancy, society, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, urban ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, abortion, unwanted pregnancy, communism, rape, friendship, female friendship, realism, doctor, young woman, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 8K
Mamma Roma (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who ...
Style: neorealism, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, friendship, thief, redemption, family relations, youth, hopes, human nature, parents and children, family life, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, tokyo, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 833
Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, life is a bitch, rebellion, teenage life, parents and children, injustice, society, hopes, politics, americana ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 1K
Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, teachers and students, politics, righting the wronged, lifestyle, fighting the system, rebelliousness, dedicated educator, against the odds, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 2K
Inch'Allah (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Canadian doctor finds her sympathies sorely tested while working in the conflict ravaged Palestinian territories.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, political unrest, doctors and patients, injustice, society, wartime life, life is a bitch, friendship, doctor, terrorism, tragedy, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, palestine, middle east, palestinian authority, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: tense, stylized, emotional, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, master warrior, rebelliousness, family relations, injustice, kidnapping, parents and children, ruler, heroes, fighting the system, father son relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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