Movies like A Separation

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A Separation (2011)
 8.3
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A Separation (2011)
Original name: جدایی نادر از سیمین
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative, heartbreaking, gloomy, thought provoking, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, maid, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, parenthood, society, legal, social differences, arrest, iranian, courtroom drama, money, classroom, culture clash, visceral, character study, justice, morality, dysfunctional family, guilt, caregiver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran

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Most similar movies to A Separation

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and talky films with plots about family relations, storytelling, loneliness, relationships, runaway, mentor and tragedy mostly in Drama, Mystery and Romance genres. Some movies like A Separation: The Salesman (2016), All or Nothing (2002), The Past (2013), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), Two Days, One Night (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Salesman (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.
Style: intense, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: apartment, attack, rape, surveillance, marriage, death, revenge, hospital, husband wife relationship, lie, investigation, injury ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: iran, tehran iran, poland, middle east
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, society, couple relations, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
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The Past (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Iran
Duration: 130 min.
Story: After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: depression, divorce, coma, dysfunctional family, suicide, secret, ex spouse, infidelity, parenthood, haunted by the past, reunion, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012
Place: paris france, france, europe, iran
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100%
Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young woman sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: marital problem, maid, social differences, infidelity, couple relations, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, society, housewife, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, dubai
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Two Days, One Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job — not an easy task in this economy.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: injustice, depression, unemployment, workplace, employer employee relationship, supportive coworker, unsupportive coworkers, human nature, workplace situations, moral dilemma, working class, supportive spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
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100%
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: serious, touching, gloomy, heartbreaking, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, survival, young kid, financial problem, journey, responsibility, greed, tragedy, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
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100%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, marriage, family problems, unsupportive parent, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, nanny, family relations, step parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
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100%
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Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, crimes, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, deception, swindle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
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100%
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 7.5
 127K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, mother daughter relationship, family drama, supportive spouse, memory loss, relationships, terminal illness, illness, columbia university, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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100%
 7.3
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, oppression, injustice, child abuse, life is a bitch, dishonesty, danger, job seeking, disorder, totalitarianism, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
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100%
 7.0
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Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: loss of child, death in the family, grief, estrangement, loss of son, marriage, family problems, housewife, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, italy, paris france, california, new york ...
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100%
 8.0
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About Elly (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing person, friendship, family relations, matchmaking, journey, guilt, parents and children, friends, mystery, couple relations, love and romance, arranged marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
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The Return (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: abusive father, russian, parents and children, brother, journey, overbearing parent, father son relationship, tragic event, coming of age, brother brother relationship, defiant, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Beautiful City (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried ...
Style: emotional, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: death sentence, redemption, prison, crime and punishment, confined, love and romance, legal action, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, platonic, matchmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran
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 6.4
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Melbourne (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Amir and Sara are a young couple on their way to Melbourne to continue their studies. However, just a few hours before the departure of their flight, they are unintentionally involved in a tragic event.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: couple relations, life turned upside down, family in crisis, immigration, fear, tragedy, depression, existentialism, couples, down on your luck, tobacco, suffocation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, australia, melbourne, melbourne australia
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22%
 7.4
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Ten (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: society, life is a bitch, passenger, driver, hopes, love and romance, family relations, down on your luck, human nature, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, divorced divorcee ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, tehran iran, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, corporal punishment, child rape, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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21%
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
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21%
 7.4
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Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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20%
The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, prodigy, self discovery, on the road, society, human nature, youth, teachers and students, isolation, religions or cults, village, train ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
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20%
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The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, captivating, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
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50%
 6.6
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20 Fingers (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A film in several episodes with Bijan Daneshmand and Mania Akbari, exposing some of the issues of men and women within the confines of tradition and family life in Iran. Each episode displays a different form of male/female interaction. The placing ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, feminist film, contemplative ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, dishonesty, human nature, unwanted pregnancy, society, husband wife relationship, islam, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iran, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 7.4
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Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France, Morocco, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, tokyo, asia ...
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19%
 7.4
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The Circle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: on the run, prostitute, rebellion, woman in danger, life is a bitch, pregnancy, politics, friendship, injustice, society, abortion, discrimination ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east, california
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19%
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: childhood, architect, introspection, moral dilemma, life turned upside down, identity crisis, parents and children, family life, social differences, family reunited, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: custody battle, courtroom, divorce, single father, family relations, couples, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, manhattan, new york city
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19%
 8.0
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles
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19%
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Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, love affair, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
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19%
Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, death, cancer, grudge, mansion, estate, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, society, human nature, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%