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When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
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When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
Original name: Otac na službenom putu
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper cartoon is enough for Mesha to join many arrested unfortunates. His family is now forced to cope with the situation and wait for his release from prison.
Style: humorous, thought provoking, touching, offbeat, emotional, realistic, contemplative, semi serious
Plot: politics, communism, circumcision, youth, family relations, couple relations, womanizer, parents and children, love and romance, society, human nature, couples, rehabilitation, re-education, political unrest, coming of age, state affairs, muslim, anti communism, cheating wife, female nudity, unfaithful husband, male nudity, boy, sleepwalking ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, yugoslavia, europe, bosnia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and contemplative films with plots about society, youth, family relations, coming of age, love and romance, couples and parents and children mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like When Father Was Away on Business: My Family (1995), Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981), The Dust of Time (2008), The Big Dream (2009), Hey Babu Riba (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, wedding, murder, coming of age, death of wife, marriage, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, hypnosis, pimp, terminal illness, society, life is a bitch, love and romance, youth, hopes, criminal heroes, politics, romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: sarajevo, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia herzegovina
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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: atmospheric, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: love affair, society, couples, political unrest, couple relations, love triangle, parents and children, starting over, hopes, state affairs, lovers reunited, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 70s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: germany, italy, new york, asia, kazakhstan ...
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The Big Dream (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Italian Revolution, 1968. Police officer, Nicolas, wants to become an actor. He goes out in plain clothes and meets Laura who is among students against the government, Vietnam War and who seek sexual freedom. One day, his identity gets exposed and ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Plot: politics, rebelliousness, against the rules, state affairs, love and romance, follow your dream, secret movement, love triangle, youth, hopes, rebellion, student life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: italy, europe
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Hey Babu Riba (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1985, four middle-aged Yugoslav emigres return to Belgrade for the funeral of Mariana, their beautiful compatriot. They called her Esther, for Esther Williams, she was the coxswain for their four-man rowing team, and they each loved her. ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pregnancy, society, politics, coming of age, youth, reunion, haunted by the past, young lovers, teenage life, music band, lifestyle, friendship ...
Time: 50s
Place: former yugoslavia, yugoslavia
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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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The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: thought provoking, clever, humorous, biting, suspense ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, writers, fighting the system, artists and showbiz, writer's life, society, dishonesty, actor's life, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953, 70s ...
Place: new york, florence, usa, italy, europe
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Balkan Spy (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Balkanski špijun is a 1984 Yugoslav comedy/drama. Ilija Čvorović, a former Stalinist who spent several years in a prison on Goli otok, is contacted by the police to routinely answer questions about his tenant, Petar Markov Jakovljević, a ...
Style: humorous, disturbing, dark humor, thought provoking, semi serious ...
Plot: espionage, satire, paranoia, josef stalin, politics, dishonesty, amateur detective, state affairs, social relations, society, human nature, mistaken identity ...
Time: 50s
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, belgrade
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The Beauty of Vice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the mountains of Montenegro people have lived by strict and Draconian laws for centuries, almost untouched by modern civilization. However, a young couple are going to seek their fortune on the more liberal coast and there they find jobs in the ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: nudist camp, nudity (full frontal - brief), society, swimming, couples, life turned upside down, innocence lost, couple relations, resort, culture clash, tradition, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: montenegro, former yugoslavia, macedonia
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65%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
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The Holy Girl (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Italy, Netherlands, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Amalia is an adolescent girl who is caught in the throes of her emerging sexuality and her deeply held passion for her Catholic faith. These two drives mingle when the visiting Dr. Jano takes advantage of a crowd to get inappropriately close to the ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: pedophile, virginity, doctor, couple relations, teenage life, perversion, love and romance, youth, society, parents and children, teenage girl, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, usa, los angeles
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The Time That Remains (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy, Belgium, France, Palestine, Israel
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.[Synopsis from the director, courtesy of Cannes Film Festival] : "The Time That Remains" is a semi biographic film, in four historic episodes, about a ...
Style: humorous, thought provoking, psychological, realistic, touching ...
Plot: unfulfillment, family life, politics, political unrest, parents and children, wartime life, family relations, state affairs, life is a bitch, society
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 40s, 1940s
Place: israel, middle east
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The Best Day of My Life (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental, sexual ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Elusive Summer of '68 (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: fall in love, family relations, revolution, coming of age, romance, youth, love and romance, state affairs, political unrest, chaos and mayhem, teenage life, bare breasts ...
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Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
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The Whore's Son (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Luxembourg
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Ozren is raised in Vienna by his mother Silvija, who works as a prostitute, and his aunt and uncle. The film shows the demimonde of Vienna in the early 1990ies and deals with Ozren's finding out that his mother is not a waitress (as he was ...
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56%
Foreign Student (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, USA, France, Italy, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A French football playing exchange student falls in love.
Style: sexual, touching, emotional, sexy, contemplative ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
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The Mouth Agape (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
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Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
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Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
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Brother to Brother (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: serious, touching, thought provoking, realistic, contemplative
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Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, psychological ...
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The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
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Style: gloomy, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, contemplative ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Time of Miracles (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia, UK
Duration: 98 min.
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Time: 1940s
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Early Works (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: humorous, sincere, sexual, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, politics, revolutionary, rebellion, political unrest, wartime life, sexual content, youth, coming of age, state affairs, society, feminism ...
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The Kitchen Toto (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.
Style: sincere, disturbing, biting, thought provoking, realistic ...
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My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
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The Sex of the Stars (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Every child who has lost a parent early in life (whether due to death or the separations of divorce or for any other reason) longs to see that parent again. Many have kept up a running dialogue in their heads of things they would say to them if they ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
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