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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, single father, baltic sea, becoming an adult, ghost, pregnancy, lawyer ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1890s
Place: germany, europe, northern germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and gloomy films with plots about couples, infidelity, couple relations, love and romance, unfulfillment, dishonesty and adultery mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like Effi Briest: The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), The Stationmaster's Wife (1977), The Scarlet Letter (1973), Whity (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the ...
Style: psychological, realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, dishonesty, couples, infidelity, embezzlement, forbidden love, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, couple relations, family relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: munich germany, germany, bavaria, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, serious, surreal, realistic ...
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Place: germany, europe, west germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sexual
Plot: sexual relations, love and romance, destructive relationship, crumbling marriage, manipulations, couple relations, betrayal, love triangle, infidelity, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, lovers reunited ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, realistic, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, missing person, couples, dishonesty, immigrants, couple relations, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance, romance, love triangle, betrayal ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: europe, spain, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Whity (1971)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Whity" is the mulatto butler of the dysfunctional Nicholson family in the American southwest in 1878. The father, Ben Nicholson, has an attractive young wife Katherine, and two sons by a previous marriage; the homosexual Frank, and the ...
Style: dark humor, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
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Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, human nature, introspection, family problems, love affair, dishonesty, couples, redemption, society, promotion, family relations, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
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Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world ...
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, captivating, sexual
Plot: womanizer, adultery, ambition, manipulations, rise to the top, strong sexual content, dishonesty, society, rich and poor, journalist, extramarital affair, infidelity ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sofie (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 146 min.
Story: From 1886 to 1907 in the life of Sofie, a Jew in Copenhagen who is nearly 29, with no marital prospects, living with her loving parents
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Plot: unfulfillment, couple relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfilled love, dishonesty, couples, family problems, fall in love, dysfunctional family, family relations, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Wuthering Heights (1992)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Young orphan Heathcliff is adopted by the wealthy Earnshaw family and moves into their estate, Wuthering Heights. Soon, the new resident falls for his compassionate foster sister, Cathy. The two share a remarkable bond that seems unbreakable until ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, gloomy, serious ...
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Time: 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)
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Duration: 95 min.
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Style: captivating, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Private Vices, Public Virtues (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Where Am I Going? (1976)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.9
 895
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Duration: 110 min.
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Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Style: psychological, emotional, atmospheric, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
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Time: 19th century, 1880s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Fear of Fear (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, emotional, serious
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Place: west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.6
 386
Circle of Love (1964)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In a chain reaction of romantic adventures, various people play musical beds in a remake of Max Ophul's "La Ronde."
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, sexual, touching ...
Audience: date night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 971
A Doll's House (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
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Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 142
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Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: West Germany, Switzerland, Hungary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 365
Burning Secret (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: psychological, realistic, sincere, serious, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%