Movies like Journey to the Sun

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Journey to the Sun (1999)
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Journey to the Sun (1999)
Original name: Güneşe yolculuk
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon his release a week later, he becomes an outcast marked as a Kurd, losing his apartment, his job, and eventually his girl friend, Arzu. When a Kurdish friend, Berzan is killed in a street protest triggered by a hunger strike, Mehmet takes a trek to return the body to Berzan's home village near the Iraqi border, and learns why so many Kurds are refugees.
Style: touching, serious, biting, emotional, suspense, realistic
Plot: friendship, politics, racism, injustice, discrimination, life is a bitch, self discovery, village life, obsessive quest, society, false accusation, social misfits, city life, culture clash, female director, love, dog, prison, dancing, soccer, village, prostitute, ship, terrorist, wedding ...
Time: 90s
Place: turkey, iraq, germany, istanbul turkey, kurdistan

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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 family relations, society, life is a bitch, friendship, hopes, politics and love mostly in Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Journey to the Sun: Fratricide (2005), The Dream Catcher (1999), Bolivia (1999), Yasmin (2004), Bamako (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fratricide (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Germany, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two young Kurdish refugees, recently arrived in Germany struggle to make their way through the harshness of the occidental city. Their encounter with a gang of Turks will rapidly led them into an inevitable tragical spiral filled with death and ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: racism, politics, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, orphan, friendship, social decay, society, injustice, vengeance, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe, kurdistan
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The Dream Catcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. In Ohio, he meets another homeless teen, who escorts him to ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, friendship, family relations, hopes, society, coming of age, drugs/alcohol, friends, profanity, down on your luck, self discovery, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, oklahoma, philadelphia, salt lake city utah, st. louis missouri
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Bolivia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.
Style: rough, sincere, gloomy, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, unemployment, racism, bar, restaurant, cafe, rich and poor, culture clash, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bolivia, argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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Yasmin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In England, the Pakistanis Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslin clothes, cooks for her father and brother and has the traditional behavior of a Muslin woman. Further, she has a non-consumed marriage with ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, social differences, false accusation, culture clash, terrorism, parents and children, society, life is a bitch, religions or cults, injustice, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: england, pakistan
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Bamako (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mali, USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: politics, globalization, social decay, fighting the system, courtroom drama, injustice, life is a bitch, legal, young lovers, corporate crimes, unemployment, racism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa
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The Road (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Switzerland, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside.
Style: gloomy, sincere, emotional, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, exile, prison, fighting the system, state affairs, redemption, family life, human spirit, infidelity, prison life, human nature, parents and children ...
Place: turkey
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Letter to the King (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In Letter to the King we meet a group of refugees, all with their own agendas, on an excursion to Oslo. A young man about to be deported visits his former employers to collect his off-the-books salary, a martial arts expert is looking for work, a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: refugee, love, revenge, happiness, culture clash, human nature, redemption, hopes, misfit, society, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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Peppermint Candy (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the spring of 1999, a group of old friends gather to celebrate their 20 year reunion. Among the group is Yeong-ho, a cold, unhappy man, whose demeanor puts a damper on the festivities. The seriousness of Yeong-ho"s depression becomes ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: reunion, suicide, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, destiny, politics, regret, interrogation, martial law, loneliness, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1980, year 1984, year 1999 ...
Place: south korea
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52%
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Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, hopes, elderly, estrangement, family problems, introspection, parents and children, countryside, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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51%
Three Brothers (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In a farmhouse in southern Italy, an old woman dies. Her husband summons their sons: from Rome, Raffaele, a judge facing a political case for which he risks assassination; from Naples, the religious and ideological Rocco, a counselor at a ...
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, hopes, funeral, death, mafia, terrorism, farm, family problems, social worker, estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, naples italy, germany ...
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Come to My Voice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This is the story of two women on opposite ends of a lifetime, a very young, curious Jiyan and her life-weary but resistant grandmother Berfe, in order to save the person who links them to each other.
Style: atmospheric, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, against the odds, family in crisis, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, elderly, youth, false arrest, on the road, military, injustice, mountain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, kurdistan
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In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, danger, hopes, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, afghanistan, pakistan, turkey, middle east ...
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A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: emotional, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, fighting the system, society, crimes, rebellion, injustice, discrimination, lawyer, graphic violence, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
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Campfire (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, starting over, teenage love, teenage life, self discovery, youth, society, love and romance, hopes, politics, romance, fall in love ...
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Place: israel, jerusalem
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The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, hospital, disability, parents and children, self discovery, estrangement, single parent, teenage life, hopes, redemption, family relations, therapy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, europe, germany, berlin germany, milan italy ...
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Aarakshan (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 164 min.
Story: The decision by India's supreme court to establish caste-based reservations for jobs in education causes conflict between a teacher and his mentor.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: politics, education, teacher, social activism, prejudice, demonstration, loan, fighting the system, family relations, friendship, society, discrimination ...
Place: india, asia
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Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, americana, teenage life, parents and children, society, hopes, politics, discrimination ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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Carol's Journey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Carol, a 12 year old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: friendship, forbidden love, family relations, village, spanish civil war, wartime life, youth, parents and children, human nature, culture clash, single parent, orphan ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: new york, spain, usa, europe, galicia ...
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Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: train, racism, escapades, obsessive quest, society, ambition, friends, americana, obsession, against the odds, self discovery, museum ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa, california, paris france, san francisco, new york ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Germany, Iraq
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Before Snowfall starts with a dramatic escape: Eighteen year-old Nermin runs away from her wedding in a village in Iraqi Kurdistan. Being the elder of the family, her younger brother Siyar becomes responsible for finding her and restoring the family ...
Style: road movie, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: chase, young heroes, on the run, survival, on the road, family life, family relations, wedding, village, reluctant hero, friendship, unlikely hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Love in Another Language (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Onur, who has been deaf since birth, works as a librarian. His father had left him and his mother when he was seven, and Onur has always blamed himself for this. Although being able to speak, he has chosen to stay silent because of the pitying looks ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: true love, love and romance, social misfits, workplace, couples, mute or deaf, leaving home, hopes, call center, mute character, society, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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Big Man, Little Love (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Hungary
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hejar, meaning "Dispossessed", a little Kurdish orphan war victim, educates a Turkish judge!
Style: sincere, banned film, sentimental, suspense
Plot: orphan, injustice, neighbor, racism, cultural difference, children, old man, nationalism, political oppression, murder, police, prejudice ...
Place: turkey, kurdistan
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The Deputy and the Congressman (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Madrid, Roberto Orbea is a member of the Spanish communist party. He is married to Carmen, and he has been elected as Deputy in the first democratic elections in Spain. But his enemies, the fascist, know his double life. Roberto likes boys, and they ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: politics, male prostitute, love triangle, murder, vandalism, militant, blackmail, hospital, infidelity, hustler, hidden camera, one night stand ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Greece
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ayse/Eleni who is a member of a Greek family in Turkey is forced to immigrate from Trabzon to Mersin in her early ages. However, the events that happen cause her to face her own past.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: deportation, family relations, village life, village, golden years, nostalgia, identity, haunted by the past, immigrants, culture clash, memories, love ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: greece, turkey
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Omagh (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The movie starts at the 1998 bomb attack by the Real IRA at Omagh, Northern Ireland. The attack killed 31 people. Michael Gallagher one of the relatives of the victims starts an examination to bring the people responsible to court.
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, bomb, fighting the system, rebellion, injustice, uncover truth, false accusation, human spirit, redemption, social decay, legal ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe
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The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: intellectual, touching, psychological, contemplative, emotional ...
Plot: funeral, tragic event, prostitute, student, loss of daughter, search, immigrants, rebelliousness, heaven and hell, coincidence, death, prison ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, turkey, europe, hamburg germany, istanbul turkey ...
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America America (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America
Style: touching, atmospheric, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: greek, immigrants, american dream, bribery, hopes, poverty, armenian, working class, misfit, society, follow your dream, romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: greece, turkey, ottoman empire, constantinople, new york ...
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37%
Araf/Somewhere in Between (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Araf is the story of Zehra and Olgun whose lives are caught in a vacuum. The world in which they live and work is a place of throwaway culture and constant change. They too are waiting for a chance to change and escape from their empty, monotonous ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: against the rules, forbidden love, teenage life, rebelliousness, dull life, love and romance, deadend life, adolescence vs adulthood, miscarriage, pregnancy, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey
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Silent Waters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, France, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ayesha is a widow with a secret past, living with her beloved son Saleem in a small town in Pakistan close to the Indian border. When the fires of Islamic nationalism invade their tranquil lives, Saleem and a few of the town's other young men ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: hopes, politics, wartime life, self discovery, family life, death in the family, human nature, family relations, battles, family problems, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 70s, 40s, 1940s
Place: pakistan, india, middle east, asia
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I Saw the Sun (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to intensify, the family is forced to migrate west to the city of ...
Style: realistic, psychological, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, culture clash, pregnancy, wartime life, starting over, on the run, social relations, village, terrorism, migration, refugee, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, europe, norway, istanbul turkey, oslo norway
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