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Red Desert (1964)
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Red Desert (1964)
Original name: Il deserto rosso
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Amid the modern wastelands and toxic factories of Italy, wife and mother Giuliana (Monica Vitti) desperately tries to conceal her tenuous grip on reality from those around her, especially her successful yet neglectful husband, Ugo (Carlo Chionetti). Ugo's old pal, Corrado (Richard Harris), shows up in town on a business trip and is more sensitive to Giuliana's anxieties. They begin an affair, but it does little to quell Giuliana's existential fears, and her mental state rapidly deteriorates.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, atmospheric, realistic, serious, neurotic, gloomy, captivating, emotional, experimental ...
Plot: fog, factory, society, car accident, loneliness, depression, anxiety, mother son relationship, couple relations, mental illness, couples, social misfits, losing-it hero, countryside, contamination, strong female presence, manic, unfulfillment, sea, ship, beach, dream, suicide attempt, adultery, hypochondriac ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, italy

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about society, couples, couple relations, unfulfillment, family relations, hopes and introspection mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Red Desert: The Night (1961), L'Eclisse (1962), Nostalgia (1983), Exit: A personal history (2010), Sleeping Sickness (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Night (1961)
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 126 min.
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Nostalgia (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, gloomy, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: insanity, dream, culture clash, redemption, writer's life, philosophy, memory, society, stalking, unfulfilled love, countryside, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: italy, russia, europe, rome italy, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
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Plot: human nature, family relations, dull life, unfulfillment, dealing with death, urban, siblings relations, sexual content, death wish, human rights, disability, urban setting
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
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Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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