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: heartbreaking, emotional, tense, realistic, talky, twists and turns, thought provoking, bleak, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, alzheimer's disease, muslim, marriage, maid, justice, parenthood, religion, family problems, marital problem, court, morality, courtroom drama, culture clash, marital separation, visceral, character study, pregnancy, girl, society, islam, hospital, relationships, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tehran

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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 storytelling, mentor, family relations, loneliness, tragedy, culture clash and runaway mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like A Separation: The Salesman (2016), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), All or Nothing (2002), Rabbit Hole (2010), The Past (2013). 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: suspense, intense, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: revenge, rape, husband wife relationship, hospital, attack, surveillance, teacher, marriage, death, character study, actor, lie ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: iran, poland, middle east, tehran iran, tehran
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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: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, suspense ...
Plot: marital infidelity, marital problem, infidelity, maid, social differences, society, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, family problems, couples, couple relations, housewife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, tehran iran, middle east, dubai
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100%
 7.5
 11K
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: emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 50K
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: sad, touching, emotional, depressing, sexy ...
Plot: loss of child, grief, death in the family, tragedy, housewife, estrangement, loss of son, marriage, memory, family problems, redemption, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Past (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy, Belgium
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, art house ...
Plot: divorce, depression, dysfunctional family, coma, infidelity, parenthood, suicide, secret, family reunited, love and romance, haunted by the past, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012
Place: paris france, france, iran, europe
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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, sad, atmospheric, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, step parent, husband wife relationship, marriage, nanny, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
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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, enigmatic, depressing, compassionate, stylized ...
Plot: unemployment, greed, self discovery, character study, life is a bitch, crimes, society, dishonesty, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, switzerland, france, europe
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100%
 7.5
 134K
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, sad, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, columbia university, terminal illness, doctors, illness, family bonds, relationships, professor, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: prison, murder, teacher, coming of age, dysfunctional family, crimes, prison life, family relations, theft, unlikely friendships, suburbs, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, los angeles, new york ...
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100%
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The trial story of Viviane Amsalem's five year fight to obtain her divorce in front of the only legal authority competent for divorce cases in Israel, the Rabbinical Court.
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: judge, divorce, unhappy wife, feminism, marital separation, fighting the system, rebellion, courtroom drama, legal, life is a bitch, unsupportive spouse, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 9K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
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: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: survival, dishonesty, coming of age, taliban, child abuse, oppression, injustice, life is a bitch, brutality, justice, police investigation, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, poland, iran, afghanistan, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: depressing, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: depression, injustice, unemployment, employer employee relationship, workplace, solidarity, loss of job, husband wife relationship, guilt, working class, female protagonist, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
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50%
 8.3
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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, psychological, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: injustice, false accusation, life turned upside down, pedophile, teacher, child abuse, small town life, father son relationship, social injustice, divorce, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 28K
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: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.
Style: factual, tense, thought provoking, bleak, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: islam, culture clash, confined, female protagonist, domestic violence, women, escape, family problems, society, life is a bitch, isolation, escape attempt ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, israel, persia, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.5
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Parasite (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, tragic ending, psychological ...
Plot: wealthy family, poverty, class differences, scam, social satire, basement, wealth, scheme, poor family, tutor, maid, housekeeper ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, seoul, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Taste of Cherry (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take ...
Style: art house, sexy, road movie, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: suicide, car, existentialism, muslim, desert, death, abrupt ending, dysfunctional family, mentor, catastrophe, greed, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, tehran iran, tokyo, middle east, tehran
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 45K
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, thought provoking, art house, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, russian, brother, abusive father, journey, parents and children, survival, father son relationship, character study, overbearing parent, childhood, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, thought provoking, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: death sentence, redemption, crime and punishment, prison, confined, love and romance, legal action, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, hijab, little boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran
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23%
 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, family in crisis, life turned upside down, immigration, fear, tragedy, depression, existentialism, couples, down on your luck, husband wife relationship, tobacco ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, australia, melbourne australia
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21%
 7.4
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Ten (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, USA
Duration: 94 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, melancholic, light, intense ...
Plot: mother son relationship, character study, car, solitude, relationships, driver, passenger, society, life is a bitch, sibling relationship, family relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, tokyo, middle east, california, tehran ...
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20%
The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 88 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, touching, psychological, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, prodigy, self discovery, on the road, human nature, youth, teachers and students, society, village, religions or cults, isolation, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, rape, dysfunctional family, family relations, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, child abuse, domestic violence, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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20%
 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, disturbing, harsh, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, pregnancy, on the run, abortion, rebellion, prostitute, life is a bitch, society, friendship, injustice, women's rights, discrimination ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east, california
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20%
 6.9
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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, emotional, sincere, depressing ...
Plot: working class, catholicism, fascism, youth, anti semitism, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, unemployment, sin, life is a bitch, jewish, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland, london, europe, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, sexy ...
Plot: injustice, discrimination, destructive relationship, sadism, abusive husband, society, loss of family member, hijab, conspiracy, witnessing a crime, religion, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, israel, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.6
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20 Fingers (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 72 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: serious, realistic, psychological, feminist film, sexy ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, human nature, unwanted pregnancy, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, dishonesty, society, husband wife relationship, marital problem, tradition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, iran, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 20K
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: realistic, bleak, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, depression, family relations, divorce, character study, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, parenthood, life philosophy, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.5
 302K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France
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: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: multiple storylines, desert, tragic event, depression, guilt, parenthood, redemption, suicide, nanny, language barrier, cultural difference, deaf girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, morocco, tokyo, mexico, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%