Movies like Black Butterflies

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Black Butterflies (2011)
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Black Butterflies (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Netherlands, South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of Censorship, Ingrid Jonker searched for a home, searched for love. With men like Jack Cope and André Brink she found much love, but no home. Later, in his first speech to the South African Parliament Nelson Mandela read her poem "The Dead Child of Nyanga" and addressed her as one of the finest poets of South Africa.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, gloomy, contemplative
Plot: apartheid, writer's life, fighting the system, family relations, parents and children, lifestyle, downfall, estrangement, society, bittersweet, artists and showbiz, female director, writers, train, poet, alcohol abuse, kiss, suicide by drowning, rainstorm, police station, baby girl, sex on table, promiscuous woman, newspaper article, eviction ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, paris france, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and emotional films with plots about family relations, society, parents and children, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like Black Butterflies: Two Sons of Francisco (2005), The End Is My Beginning (2010), The Karamazov Brothers (2008), Amália (2008), If Not Us, Who? (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Two Sons of Francisco (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.
Style: captivating, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: musician's life, rags to riches, obsession, success, death, ambition, rise to the top, lifestyle, society, parents and children, car accident, peasant ...
Place: brazil, latin america
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The End Is My Beginning (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When an extraordinary man who has lived through all is approaching his end, he decides to call his son to join him for the last time at his home in Tuscany. His intention is to share some valuable conversations about his life as a press ...
Style: touching, serious, talky, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: introspection, elderly, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, terminal illness, family relations, parents and children, dealing with death, village
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
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The Karamazov Brothers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dostoevsky’s latter-day opus about the siblings and their father is among the masterpieces of world literature. It asks profound questions about ethics and religion. Is there a God? Does the devil exist? Is everything allowed because we live in a ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lifestyle, hopes, parents and children, siblings relations, redemption, dealing with death, artists and showbiz, society, performer's life, human nature, family relations, theater ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, poland, prague, central europe
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Amália (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Portugal
Duration: 127 min.
Story: You already know the legendary singer. For the first time, you'll get to know the woman behind the myth.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: musician's life, rise and fall, love and romance, rising to stardom, human nature, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, family relations, parents and children, love affair, unfulfillment, music ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: europe, portugal
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If Not Us, Who? (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the early 60s, Bernward Vesper and fellow university student Gudrun Ensslin begin a passionate love in the stifling atmosphere of provincial West Germany. Dedicated to the power of the written word, Bernward and Gudrun found a publishing house ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: open relationship, cultural revolution, terrorism, sexuality, activism, fighting the system, love affair, rebellion, unlikely couple, danger, society, politics ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s
Place: west berlin west germany, germany, europe, west germany
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Prince William (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Prince William is the elder son of Britain's Prince Charles and if the late Diana, Princess of Wales. After his father, he is next in line to the British throne. A biography of his journey so far....
Style: serious, emotional, touching, controversial, realistic
Plot: lifestyle, royal family, teenage life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, family relations, youth, state affairs, paparazzi, coming of age, prince ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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33 Scenes from Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Polish artist Julia and her husband Piotr, a talented and successful composer, live in Kraków. When Julias's mother, Barbara falls ill with stomach cancer, the life of the family is falling apart. Julia accompanies her mother to death, but ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: death, self discovery, introspection, parents and children, family problems, dealing with death, hopes, lifestyle, family relations, estrangement, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
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61%
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Liverpool (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A sailor takes a short leave to visit his hometown and see if his mother is still alive.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: sailor, homecoming, estrangement, family relations, parents and children, south, alcoholic, society, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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My Nikifor (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: From his birth in 1895 through his death in 1968, the gifted Polish naïve artist Nikifor Krynicki (AKA Epifan Drowniak) lived his life and eked out a career cloaked in obscurity - a casualty of both his extreme speech impediment (his tongue was ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: prodigy, ambition, couples, couple relations, family life, tragic love, celebrity culture, society, lifestyle, love and romance, isolation, art ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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One Day You'll Understand (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, family life, parents and children, holocaust, death in the family, love and romance, against humanity, society, war crime, old photograph, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, middle east, germany, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Porto of My Childhood (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Portugal, France
Duration: 61 min.
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Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, semi documentary, contemplative ...
Plot: lifestyle, city life, introspection, filmmaking, social relations, society, first love, memoir, urban, artists and showbiz, bittersweet, archive footage ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: portugal, europe
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54%
I Travel Alone (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jarle Klepp is a 25-year-old student of literature with a passion for Adorno, Proust and grown-up women - and definitely not Tamagochi's, Lady Di and small kids. The news that he is the father of a seven year old girl - and that she will come ...
Style: realistic, emotional, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, family relations, friends, youth, life turned upside down, couples, society, student life, twentysomething life, student
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: norway, europe
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Enid (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, relationship vs career, rise to the top, nanny, family problems, couples, couple relations, ambition, lifestyle, writer's life, artists and showbiz, bad mother ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Mothers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of North Macedonia, France, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister who have not spoken to each other in 16 years. Retired cleaning ...
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 119 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
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Story: The story of writer Xiao Hong comes alive through memories of her great love affair, literary influence and escape from China during World War II.
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, psychological, stylized ...
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42%
A Butterfly Kiss (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Billie and Louis have the good fortune of loving each other passionately and of having a family. But then one day terrible news turns their existence and that of their friends' upside down. Marie, a famous actress who is Billie's friend ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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The Rice Bomber (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on a true social event, The Rice Bomber depicts a series of bombing events in Taiwan a decade ago. It is a time when the agriculture is struggling to survive. A man strives to arouse the government’s attention and to revive its conscience by ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Jean Charles (2009)
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Story: The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
Style: sincere, realistic, emotional, serious, contemplative
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I Will Follow (2010)
Genre: Drama
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Story: Chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman, and the twelve visitors who help her move forward.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: relationship vs career, life turned upside down, family relations, single parent, estrangement, dull life, couples, interracial relations, supportive spouse, society, unfulfillment, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Good Vibrations (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The story of music legend Terri Hooley, a key figure in Belfast's punk rock scene. Hooley founded the Good Vibrations store from which a record label sprung, representing bands such as The Undertones, Rudi and The Outcasts.
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: music band, lifestyle, ambition, follow your dream, artists and showbiz, music, musician's life, state affairs, rise and fall, ira, passionate interest, business venture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland
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40%
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A look inside the life of John F. Kennedy Jr.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: john f. kennedy, ambition, lifestyle, family relations, politics, love and romance, tragic hero, state affairs, parents and children, looking for love, kennedy family, death in the family ...
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Duration: 101 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama
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Style: serious, captivating, psychological, contemplative, atmospheric ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 1920s, 70s, 20s ...
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Genre: Drama
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Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, best friends, society, life is a bitch, coming of age, dysfunctional family, civil war, parents and children, teenage life, youth, teenage girl ...
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White Lightnin' (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic
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Time: 20th century
Place: usa, west virginia, appalachia
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The Sex of the Stars (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last great love as handed down to his son from a family ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, based on true events, dramatic ...
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, addiction, society, life is a bitch, love and romance, drug abuse, near death experience, kgb, concert, drug addiction, actor ...
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