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Letters to Elena (2011)
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Letters to Elena (2011)
Original name: Cartas a Elena
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the beautiful hills of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo). As part of their daily tasks, they not only deliver the mail but read letters to the villagers, as well as take dictation, since most are illiterate. Young Emilio quickly learns to read and write but feels saddened by the mostly difficult stories sent by relatives, that moved north to Denver, Colorado in pursuit of a better future. One day Teo becomes disabled and Emilio takes over the mail route and with great imagination, he changes the letters to happy and optimistic stories. Within days, the village is transformed. The elders, once hopeless, lonely and sad, are now happy and enthusiastic, enjoying the "supposed" success their loved ones write from the United States. But the enjoyment is short lived, as they realize that all the wonderful stories are the same...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: youth, friendship, optimism, protecting from truth, human spirit, love and romance, fall in love, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, village, dream, letter, writers, village life, coming of age, social relations, chihuahua, immigration, hill
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about youth, hopes, friendship, coming of age, friends, love and romance and family relations mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Letters to Elena: Firelight (2012), Oxygen (2010), A Beautiful Secret (2002), The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010), Vicious Circle (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Oxygen (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
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A Beautiful Secret (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The beloved screen legend Katy Jurado, the lights one last time in the history of a special friendship that develops between a lonely old woman and Jorge, a rebellious teenager in Mexico City in 1984. Through the use flashbacks, Jorge, now an adult, ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s
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The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
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Place: usa
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Vicious Circle (2009)
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Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Israel
Duration: 108 min.
Story: the story of two adolescents, Moni and Zhozho, who meet 17-year-old Zheni in 1943 and with whom both fell in love. The events that follow unfold while Bulgaria has to decide on the deportation of 11 343 Jewish citizens in Macedonia and Thrace.
Style: emotional, touching, suspenseful, captivating, realistic ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sad
Audience: teens
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
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