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Lamerica (1994)
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Lamerica (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Fiore, an Italian conman, arrives in post Communist Albania with Gino, his young apprentice, to set up a shoe factory that will never open. The con requires a native Albanian, so they designate Spiro, an impoverished and confused former political prisoner as chairman of the board. When Fiore returns to Italy to get government funds for the project, Spiro unexpectedly disappears and Gino sets out on a journey to find him. The search leads him to discover Spiro's tragic personal history and witness Albanian poverty firsthand.
Style: gloomy, sentimental, serious, realistic, melancholic, reflective, enigmatic, harsh, road movie, complex ...
Plot: redemption, politics, rich and poor, against the odds, hopes, dishonesty, cons and scams, power relations, bittersweet, poverty, corruption, psychological drama, cheating, emigration, post cold war, giant robots, greed, immigrants, runaway, life & death, secrets, drinking alcohol, drinking, suprisingly clever, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: albania, europe, italy, tokyo, london, england, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and melancholic films with plots about catastrophe, suprisingly clever, dialogue, storytelling, life & death, runaway and life philosophy mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Lamerica: The Way We Laughed (1998), The Dead (1987), In Praise of Love (2001), Two Bits (1995), It All Starts Today (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Way We Laughed (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Studying to become a teacher in Turin, Italy, Pietro is joined by his older brother, Giovanni, who has moved up from Sicily. While Giovanni is a worker with no schooling, Pietro shows considerable promise in academics, prompting the elder sibling to ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: working class, school, immigrants, prostitute, siblings relations, parents and children, family in crisis, small town, small town life, idealism, family life, social differences ...
Time: 50s, year 1962, 1960s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: sicily, europe, italy, turin italy
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95%
 7.3
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The Dead (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An all-Irish cast (including Donal McCann, Rachael Dowling and Colm Meaney) lends authenticity and gravitas to director John Huston's final film, an elegiac take on a short story by James Joyce (from The Dubliners). After a convivial holiday ...
Style: sentimental, gloomy, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, politics, dinner party, bittersweet, friendship, reunion, love triangle, self discovery, family in crisis, introspection, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, london
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56%
In Praise of Love (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Someone we hear talking - but whom we do not see - speaks of a project which describes the four key moments of love: meeting, physical passion, arguments/separation and making up. This project is to be told through three couples: young, adult and ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, meditative, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: politics, philosophy, art, romance, painter, humanity, loneliness, life & death, life philosophy, existentialism, showbiz, filmmaking ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
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Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, family life, haunted by the past, teenage life, parents and children, self discovery, friendship, hopes, youth, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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It All Starts Today (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a C├ęsar for Best Actor with his title role ...
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, kindergarten, small town, social decay, dysfunctional family, small town life, teachers and students, idealism, life is a bitch, society, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.0
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The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
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41%
 8.1
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Nostalgia (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, gloomy, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: insanity, dream, culture clash, redemption, writer's life, philosophy, memory, fish out of water, unfulfilled love, countryside, self discovery, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: italy, russia, europe, rome italy, tuscany
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41%
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Seventh Heaven (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A bored, sexually frustrated woman's life improves when she begins hypnotherapy and tries feng shui, but her husband's life unravels.
Style: sexy, sexual, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hypnosis, kleptomania, infidelity, family problems, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, mental illness, couples, power relations, fainting ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, hong kong, japan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: bleak, atmospheric, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, soldier, rain, obsessive quest, deadly, passenger, midlife crisis, haunted by the past, muslim, driving, existentialism, suicide ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
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40%
 7.4
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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, crimes, society, dishonesty, thief, swindle, deception, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
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The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, intern, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
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38%
 7.5
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Moonlighting (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as they encounter the tempations of the West and loneliness and ...
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, tense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, working class, workplace situations, fish out of water, boss and employee, political unrest, power relations, injustice, disorder, polish, society, workplace ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, poland, europe, england
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38%
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nelly leaves her lazy, unemployed husband to work for retired judge Mr Arnaud, forty years her senior, after he offers to clear her bills for her. While she types his memoirs the two develop a close friendship, but Arnaud becomes jealous when Nelly ...
Style: sexy, contemplative, touching, sexual, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, love triangle, midlife crisis, human nature, infidelity, introspection, love affair, fall in love, couple relations, looking for love, romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, pardon, forgiveness, friendship, starting over, self discovery, hopes, society, clergy, warden, blind character, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: finland, europe
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Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang, crime, crimes, bittersweet, prison life, human spirit, wrongfully committed, murder, false accusation, urban, profanity, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
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Spring Forward (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, working class, odd couple, family relations, power relations, friends, down on your luck, human nature, parents and children, boss and employee, buddies, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
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Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, human nature, death in the family, hopes, youth, dealing with death, family problems, child, death, children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, provence, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.8
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Mamma Roma (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who ...
Style: neorealism, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, thief, friendship, redemption, hopes, youth, family relations, human nature, going straight, crimes, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, tokyo, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, unemployment, poverty, pimp, robbery, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations, dishonesty, criminal heroes, neo realism, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, post world war two ...
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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34%
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Our Music (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jean-Luc Godard's poetic meditation on war, violence and defeat. The film is structured in three parts. The three segments are "Hell", "Purgatory", and "Heaven". The first segment is a montage of war images from ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, meditative, intellectual, philosophical ...
Plot: politics, human nature, society, anti war, journalist, religion, existentialism, life philosophy, greed, self discovery, bosnian war, film within a film ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, sarajevo, israel ...
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34%
The Browning Version (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: touching, talky, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, boarding school, dishonesty, love and romance, hopes, youth, introspection, couple relations, college, love affair, college life, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Single Girl (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young Parisian must make major decisions about pregnancy, a job and her boyfriend.
Style: gloomy, atmospheric, sincere, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, social relations, family problems, couples, love and romance, hopes, society, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Elisa (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, track down, cons and scams, on the road, mentally unstable, hopes, dishonesty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, vengeance, parents and children, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Manon of the Spring (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Italy, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In this, the sequel to Jean de Florette, Manon (Beart) has grown into a beautiful young shepherdess living in the idyllic Provencal countryside. She plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Plot: countryside, haunted by the past, uncover truth, revenge, bittersweet, nudity (full frontal - brief), love and romance, romance, rivalry, hidden truth, couple relations, village ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: provence, france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Stolen Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: orphanage, social differences, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, society, family problems, gain trust, self discovery, on the road, parents and children, dysfunctional family, custody ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, sicily, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
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City of Joy (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In this drama, a wealthy American doctor learns some important lessons about life in one of the poorest cities on Earth. Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: hopes, friendship, wedding, leper, self discovery, human spirit, clinic, parents and children, doctors and patients, rich and poor, family relations, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, kolkata, asia, middle east, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
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Small Faces (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, leadership, society, crimes, life is a bitch, school, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
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30%
Gideon's Daughter (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson star in a story of grief and celebrity, set in the intense spring and summer of New Labour's election victory and Diana's death. Nighy is a PR guru who has to stop and re-evaluate his world when his ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy, tense
Plot: relationship vs career, introspection, love affair, election, politics, estrangement, family problems, redemption, family relations, parents and children, summer, love ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
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30%
The Dust of Time (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and ...
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: love affair, love and romance, lovers reunited, society, couple relations, political unrest, hopes, starting over, politics, parents and children, couples, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: russia, usa, germany, italy, kazakhstan ...
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30%
Eternity and a Day (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Greece, Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Alexander, a famous writer, is very ill and has only a few days to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania. Alexander then takes the boy home.
Style: psychological, gloomy, atmospheric, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: terminal illness, poet, writers, ocean or sea, hospital, on the road, human nature, family life, self discovery, haunted by the past, bus, ocean ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: greece, tokyo, australia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%