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Effi Briest (1974)
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Effi Briest (1974)
Original name: Fontane Effi Briest
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A German-made film based on one of the most famous German novels by Theodor Fontane. Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) is a socially ambitious, 17-year-old German girl who accepts a proposal of marriage from Baron Geert Von Instetten, a much older diplomat. Unfortunately, neither the Baron's family nor anyone in the secluded town she now calls home accept Effi as an equal. Starved for companionship, Effi begins an innocent friendship with a well-known womanizer that may jeopardize her position as the Baron's wife.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: infidelity, age difference, adultery, duel, vengeance, family relations, couple relations, love triangle, injustice, love and romance, destructive relationship, fall in love, family problems, society, human nature, couples, dishonesty, introspection, unfulfillment, grownups, single father, naivete, becoming an adult, sex, ghost ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1890s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, northern germany, prussia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and psychological films with plots about couples, infidelity, love and romance, unfulfillment, dishonesty, couple relations and family relations mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like Effi Briest: The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972), The Stationmaster's Wife (1977), The Scarlet Letter (1973), Daybreak (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
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Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
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Place: germany, morocco, bavaria, munich germany, paris france
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The Stationmaster's Wife (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 201 min.
Story: The lackluster and plodding Bolweiser has the (mis)fortune to be married to the town's siren; his trusting nature leads him into serious trouble when she beds nearly every available guy.
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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: tense, atmospheric, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
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Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
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Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Duration: 151 min.
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Style: emotional, disturbing, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, butler, injustice, power relations, couples, family relations, dark humor, social differences, vengeance, society, deadly, crimes ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sofie (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 146 min.
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Plot: dysfunctional family, fall in love, unfulfilled love, introspection, couples, religions or cults, family problems, family relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), strong female presence, sexual content, parents and children ...
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Gilles' Wife (2004)
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Time: 1930s, pre world war two
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative, gloomy
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 88 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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