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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, stylized, realistic
Plot: age difference, duel, adultery, infidelity, couple relations, destructive relationship, becoming an adult, baltic sea, single father, love triangle, fall in love, love and romance, society, couples, vengeance, human nature, introspection, injustice, dishonesty, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, young wife, civil servant, career ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1880s
Place: europe, germany, northern germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and stylized films with plots about couples, love and romance, infidelity, couple relations, unfulfillment, society and dishonesty mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like Effi Briest: The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), The Scarlet Letter (1973), Bel Ami (2012), Private Vices, Public Virtues (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
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Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: munich germany, germany, morocco, bavaria
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 120 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bel Ami (2012)
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Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: serious, stylized, realistic, sexual, captivating
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Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Private Vices, Public Virtues (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 104 min.
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Plot: assassination, repression, couple relations, tragic love, estate, love and romance, state affairs, couples, tragic hero, destructive relationship, royal family, politics ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Whity (1971)
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Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: West Germany
Duration: 201 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 104 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.6
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.8
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Country: Sweden
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 134
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Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: West Germany, Switzerland, Hungary
Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 1K
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Country: West Germany
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Marquise of O (1976)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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