Movies like The Penitent

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The Penitent (1988)
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The Penitent (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tension between a jealous husband, his wife who's attracted to his friend and the friend is rising as their small, deeply catholic, Mexican village is deciding who will be Christ during the possibly dangerous reenactment of the Crucifixion.
Plot: village, easter
Place: mexico

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Most similar movies to The Penitent

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about village, love and romance, death, village life, hopes, friendship and family relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Penitent: Parees (2007), Letters to Elena (2011), Yanco (1961), Fire Festival (1985), Spring (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Parees (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Holy Week in Pelion. Two friendly Athenians couples find in their yard corpse of a stranger. They try to avoid the charge of murder by locals, while in the whole fuss becoming uncovered secrets that will change the lives of everyone.
Plot: police officer, easter, group of friends, village, mountain, murder, female nudity, holiday, vacation
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95%
Letters to Elena (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the beautiful hills of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, a young boy (Emilio) is adopted by the mailman (Teo). As part of their daily tasks, they not only deliver the mail but read letters to the villagers, as well as take dictation, since ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: fall in love, hopes, love and romance, village life, teaching the ways of the world, youth, coming of age, village, human spirit, protecting from truth, friendship, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico
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85%
 7.0
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Yanco (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The engaging and sentimental tale begins when the little boy (Ricardo Ancona) starts manifesting a greater and greater talent at music and at the same time, a supersensitivity to sounds. His overly astute hearing drives him into the woods and away ...
Plot: village, violin, recluse, musical instrument, playing violin, child protagonist, pawnshop, old man, noise, violinist, boy, musician ...
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Fire Festival (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Tatsuo, a reverent lumberjack, seeks to disrupt plans to build a marine park on his family land, instead promoting his traditions in reactionary ways.
Plot: village, wilderness, nature, male nudity, lumberjack
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 7.2
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Spring (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Savely and Lelya are leading a quiet peaceful life in a forest reserve, in a small village with a mineral spring, where Savely brought his seriously ill wife. The seemingly routine life can not hide deep and tender love that came a bit too late...
Plot: village, spring, husband, wife, death of husband, sickness, son
Place: soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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K (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mongolian interpretation of Kafka's "The Castle".
Plot: book, castle, village
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
When Nietzsche Wept (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Viennese doctor Josef Bruer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, sincere, talky ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, doctors and patients, dysfunctional character, prodigy, intern, downfall, obsession, losing-it hero, fear of death, introspection, power relations, couples ...
Time: 19th century
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Sleepless Knights (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 82 min.
Story: As every year Carlos (Raul Godoy) is spending the summer in the country with his family in order to help out with things. Perhaps he won't even be returning to Madrid, as economic prospects are hardly rosy there. In addition, his father's ...
Plot: village, gay, family, male nudity, gay relationship
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Mother Earth (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 62 min.
Story: TIERRA MADRE is based on the true story of Aidee Gonzalez, a woman determined to raise her children with her female partner in the Mexican border town of Tecate. Aidee works hard as an exotic dancer providing for her family. One day her girlfriend ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: pregnancy, couples, friends, family relations, gays and lesbians, society, friendship, idealism, border, strip club, gay parent, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Japan (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although only a few words are spoken, love grows.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, meditative, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: village, solitude, countryside, widow, old woman, life philosophy, depression, suicide attempt, runaway, beautiful scenery, older woman younger man sex, love of one's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Love Story, Lindenfeld (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Klaus Bernath, a wealthy German citizen, decides, after many years, to visit his birthplace, of the Banat Swabian village Lindenfeld, in Romania. Since the village has been deserted for many decades, his son and his biographer decide to reconstruct ...
Plot: village, migration
Place: germany, transylvania, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Man in the Golden Mask (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Story: In San Luis de la Paz, a small and and very poor town in northern Mexico, the priest Father Victorio manages an orphanage with nearly 50 children. He does wrestling, disguised with a golden mask, to get some money for the children. His dream of ...
Plot: wrestling, religion, orphanage, mask
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Down Came a Blackbird (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman struggles with the death of her lover. He was killed by South-American fascists.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: kidnapping, clinic, crimes, against humanity, confined, deadly, haunted by the past, politics, price of justice, life is a bitch, state affairs, survival ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Paradise Alley (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone is fighting the odds again, this time in the wrestling ring. As Cosmo Carboni, he and his two brothers dream of getting out of Hell's Kitchen (circa 1946) and into the big time. The exit signs point to Paradise Alley, a ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, touching
Plot: sport, arm wrestling, street life, racial slur, family feud, ghetto, wrestling, life is a bitch, siblings relations, ambition, human spirit, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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A Fine Step (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Fine Step is an uplifting family drama centering on Cal Masterson (Luke Perry, Beverly Hills 90210) an award winning horseman whose relationship with his beloved horse Fandango allows him to achieve multiple championship wins. However tragedy ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic
Audience: pre-teens, teens
Plot: athlete and trainer, hopes, teenage life, athlete's life, contests and competitions, parents and children, family, rivalry, friendship, ambition, friends, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 224
Why me? (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An Air Force nurse about to leave the service is badly disfigured about her face in a car accident in which she also loses her baby.
Plot: disfigurement, nurse, car accident, plastic surgery, miscarriage
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Mr. Pig (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 100 min.
Story: On a mission to sell his last remaining prize hog and reunite with old friends, an aging farmer abandons his foreclosed farm and journeys to Mexico. After smuggling in the hog, his estranged daughter shows up, forcing them to face their past and ...
Plot: road trip, foreclosure, estranged daughter
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: talky, clever, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, politics, torture, gays and lesbians, friendship, betrayal, redemption, homosexuality, gay, hopes, love and romance, confined ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Everything Else (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After 35 years working as a clerk in a government office, Doña Flor has become such a cog, invisible to herself. Cloaked in solitude and routine, she has even suppressed the loss of her daughter who drowned years ago. As her retirement approaches ...
Plot: clerk, metro, swimming pool, car, female protagonist, female nudity, shower, female full frontal nudity, office
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Courthouse on Horseback (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The film follows three characters on a tour of the remote Yunman province of China where they travel with a horse to deal with legal disputes in mountain villages. Government policy is forcing the retirement of "Auntie" Yang (Yang Yaning) ...
Plot: village, on the road, remote village, marriage, judge, suicide
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Black Frost (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three farmers work on a farm in Entre Ríos, a sparsely populated lowland region of Argentina traversed by rivers. Their crops are affected by ‘black frost’ which threatens to destroy their harvest. One day, a young woman appears at their door; ...
Plot: village, countryside, pig, dancing, dog, chicken
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Last Movie (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local prostitute Maria. But his dreams of an unspoiled existence are ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, offbeat, surreal
Plot: village, prostitute, filmmaking, showbiz, society, culture clash, celebrity culture, village life, artists and showbiz, clergy, innocence lost, going straight ...
Time: 70s
Place: peru, usa, latin america, kansas, andes mountains
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The North (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.
Style: realistic, touching, thought provoking, serious, emotional ...
Plot: village, immigrants, culture clash, human nature, starting over, on the run, on the road, latinos, family relations, siblings relations, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america, los angeles, usa, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 4.9
 150
Nelly (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The four days following the death of a small town doctor, seen through the eyes of Nelly, his wife, a nurse.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: village, sexual relations, love and romance, village life, couples, social relations, death
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Day and Night (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Mexico
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ten years ago, distinguished French author Alexandre (Alain Delon) exchanged his stressful, hectic life in Paris for a more peaceful existence upon a Mexican hacienda with his wife Ariane (Marianne Denicourt). Lucien (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) also ...
Plot: sex scene, balloon, spanking, murder, female full frontal nudity, female nudity, death
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Pastorale (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the mountain village comes a group of young musicians in Tbilisi. Here they are going to relax and rehearse. Sad story about the final rupture occurred, the peasants do not sing beautiful old songs, the musicians play music incomprehensible to ...
Plot: village, cultural difference, country girl, farm, teenage girl, guest, hospitality, fishing, musician, farmer, city country contrast, string quartet ...
Place: caucasus, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 966
Suzaku (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic recession and failed development plans cause tragedy in the ...
Plot: village, slice of life, boy, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, little girl, cabin, aunt nephew relationship, school bus, 11 year old, abandoned by mother ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Have You Seen My Son (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A woman fears for her son's health when her ex-husband kidnaps him.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, couple relations, parents and children, confined, crimes, obsessive quest, family problems, crime, family relations, missing child, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, oregon, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Forgotten Kingdom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, South Africa, Lesotho
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young man reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father, and finds himself drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and the land he had forgotten.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, touching
Plot: village, orphan, self discovery, love and romance, village life, estrangement, homecoming, aids, funeral, death of father, superstition, estranged father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Palunku (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Story: Monichan shifts to the city from his village to provide better education to his children. But will things go as planned?
Plot: children, village, lottery, school, money lender, child abuse, literacy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%