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The Melon Route (2006)
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The Melon Route (2006)
Original name: Put lubenica
Genre: Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The journey of a Chinese woman and her fellow countrymen as they travel in search of a better place to live, only to end up struggling for survival in the Balkans.
Style: emotional, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, serious
Plot: survival, life is a bitch, political unrest, escapades, immigrants, refugee, river, post war, illegal immigrant, rescue from drowning, illegal immigration, soldier, society, wartime life, mafia, money, police officer, fishing, murder, rain, night, language barrier, drowning, danger, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, bosnia, former yugoslavia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and disturbing films with plots about life is a bitch, society, danger, immigrants, political unrest, survival and hopes mostly in Drama, War and Crime genres. Some movies like The Melon Route: Witnesses (2003), Journey from the Fall (2006), At Five in the Afternoon (2003), The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014), Inch'Allah (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Witnesses (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Croatia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set amid the atrocities of war in the Balkans, Witnesses is retold, Rashomon-style, from various characters' viewpoints, adding new information about the complexity of war and humanity. Beginning inside a rustic house with a woman in black ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, tense, bleak ...
Plot: military, murder, soldier, police investigation, investigation, kidnapping, crimes, criminal heroes, war, human nature, amateur detective, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, croatia, former yugoslavia, serbia
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100%
Journey from the Fall (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Style: serious, sincere, bleak, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, human spirit, fighting the system, refugee, political unrest, parents and children, re-education, hopes, society, tragic hero, military, immigrants ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, california, asia, usa
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41%
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: survival, hidden identity, political unrest, injustice, life is a bitch, war, state affairs, dishonesty, human nature, feminism, family relations, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, parents and children, support group, depression, single parent, family relations, parent child relationship, post war, child abuse, female protagonist, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia, europe, sarajevo, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, wartime life, haunted by the past, politics, anti war, society, political unrest, state affairs, world war one, archive footage, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
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34%
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Inch'Allah (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Canadian doctor finds her sympathies sorely tested while working in the conflict ravaged Palestinian territories.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, doctors and patients, political unrest, injustice, society, friendship, life is a bitch, wartime life, doctor, tragedy, terrorism, distopia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, palestine, middle east, palestinian authority, jerusalem
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33%
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Not Today (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Caden Welles is living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream … until his eyes are opened to a world few Americans know still exists: a thriving human-trafficking trade. Spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, thought provoking, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Plot: hopes, human spirit, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, family problems, injustice, youth, escapades, prostitute, obsessive quest, society, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
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32%
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Circles (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Circles (Serbian: Krugovi) is a Serbian movie based on the true story of a Serbian soldier who risked his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the war in Bosnia. During the war in Bosnia in 1993, a Serbian soldier pays for his life after ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: surgery, hopes, society, post war, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, redemption, destiny, muslim, lifesaver, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1993, 2000s, year 2005 ...
Place: europe, serbia, bosnia, germany, bosnia herzegovina ...
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31%
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Kedma (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Israel, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In May 1948, shortly before the creation of the State of Israel, hundreds of immigrants from across Europe arrive in Palestine--only to risk arrest by British troops.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: culture clash, tragic love, survival, immigrants, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, political unrest, escapades, starting over, against humanity, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: israel
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30%
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Blackout (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: BLACKOUT takes you inside the personal journey of what went down and what it was really like in Brooklyn, NY on August 14. It examines the nature of man to take advantage of his own fellow man outside of normal conditions, in times of weakness and ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: society, chaos and mayhem, city life, interracial relations, lie, violence, crimes, stash, woman, danger, urban
Time: 21st century, year 2003, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Human Cargo (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
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Story: Human Cargo is a 2004 Canadian television miniseries. The series won seven Gemini Awards and two Directors Guild of Canada Awards. It premiered on CBC Television on January 4, 2004 and starred Kate Nelligan, Cara Pifko, and Nicholas Campbell. The ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: immigrants, rebellion, racism, family relations, state affairs, society, politics, life is a bitch, legal, refugee, political unrest, illegal immigrant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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30%
Bigga Than Ben (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Spiker & Cobakka are two self-confessed 'pieces of Moscow scum' who come to London to rip it off. This is their guide.
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, buddies, partners, cons and scams, immigrants, dishonesty, friends, misfit, graphic violence, society, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Lilet Never Happened (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Philippines
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lilet Never Happened is the rollercoaster story of how a young girl, struggling to survive in the streets of Manila, spirals down into child prostitution. She is a fighter. She is a dreamer. She is a rebel and she thinks she can handle the world ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, social decay, youth, society, prostitute, sexual abuse, pedophilia, social worker, police, child prostitution, child prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Vegetarian Cannibal (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Danko Babic is an ambitious and amoral gynaecologist at Croatia's leading fertility clinic. When his colleague Bantic is appointed as head of the clinic, Babic starts a secret war to overthrow his rival. Distracted by his ruthless campaign he ...
Style: tense, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: gynecologist, doctor, life is a bitch, workplace, moral dilemma, doctors and patients, dishonesty, prostitute, clinic, abortion, uninhibited rivalry, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, orphan, social decay, youth, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Spare Parts (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Embittered widower, Ludvik, spends his nights transporting illegal refugees in his van from Croatia, across Slovenia, and into Italy. The young and inexperienced Rudi acts as his helpmate. Together they become a well-trained duo who almost every ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense, bleak
Plot: friendship, widower, van, immigrants, life is a bitch, working class, refugee, criminal, smuggling, death of wife, border crossing, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: former yugoslavia, italy, croatia, slovenia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 740
Goodbye (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Without her husband and without her lawyer’s licence, which has been withdrawn, Noora is left pregnant and alone in her apartment. Her attempt to leave Iran turns into a fight with male chauvinism. A personal, nerve-wracking and infuriating film ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: rebelliousness, life is a bitch, immigrants, injustice, rebellion, society, political unrest, woman in danger, strong female presence, misfit, lawyer, danger
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Captive (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Cristina's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school in Buenos Aires and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the '70s. Questioning everything ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, society, against humanity, hidden truth, family relations, missing person, teenage life, political unrest, adoption, state affairs ...
Time: 90s, 70s, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Fine Dead Girls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Croatia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Iva and Maria, a young lesbian pair, rent a favorable, nice dwelling in a less good area of Zagreb, Croatia. But unfortunately, included in the rent are the neighbors, the neighbors from hell. The curious landlady, foreigners flogging nationalists, ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, woman in danger, society, life is a bitch, crimes, injustice, family problems, couples, prostitute, double murder, revenge, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, suspenseful, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, immigrants, hopes, friendship, society, poverty, orphan, refugee camp, death ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, turkey, pakistan, afghanistan, middle east ...
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26%
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Tar Angel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Newly-arrived Ahmed tries to integrate his family to the canadian society, while attempting to control his son's life orientation.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: computer virus, immigrants, muslim, rebellion, rebelliousness, uncover truth, society, youth, life is a bitch, on the run, militant, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: algeria, canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Baby Sellers (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, the Lifetime Original Movie, Baby Sellers, exposes the shocking international criminal enterprise of infant trafficking. Stars Emmy winner Jennifer Finnigan and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kirstie Alley.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, crimes, working undercover, legal action, immigrants, babies and infants, society, life is a bitch, kidnapping, orphanage, family relations, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
Style: serious, sincere, atmospheric, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: family in danger, life is a bitch, on the road, survival, militant, starvation, parents and children, village, escapades, desert, social relations, survivor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
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 2K
On the Path (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Croatia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Loving young couple Luna and Amar try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship. After Amar's dramatic change in a fundamentalist community, Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep ...
Style: captivating, sincere, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: addiction, alcohol abuse, couple relations, self discovery, religions or cults, couples, society, life is a bitch, introspection, redemption, islam, stewardess ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia, bosnia herzegovina, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Back to 1942 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated ...
Style: rough, serious, captivating, bleak, realistic
Plot: sino japanese war, drought, world war two, life is a bitch, survival, chaos, against humanity, escapades, on the run, on the road, wartime life, family in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Letter to the King (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In Letter to the King we meet a group of refugees, all with their own agendas, on an excursion to Oslo. A young man about to be deported visits his former employers to collect his off-the-books salary, a martial arts expert is looking for work, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: refugee, love, revenge, social misfits, life is a bitch, society, misfit, dishonesty, hopes, redemption, human nature, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 3K
Eden Is West (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Greece, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Elias (Riccardo Scamarcio) is an immigrant in his twenties who tries to get to Europe by a boat along with other illegal immigrants. When the boat is near the Greek shores and they hope they will soon disembark, a marine patrol approaches and Elias ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: social differences, life is a bitch, society, politics, on the road, fish out of water, self discovery, illegal immigrant, distopia, nudity (full frontal - brief), refugee, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, paris france, france, germany, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Tangier (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In August 1996, bus drivers Marcel Van Loock and Wim Moreels are apprehended by the Moroccan Customs for drug trafficking. Inside their bus, hidden behind a false compartment, they have discovered 700 pounds of hashish. Although the owner of the bus ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: prison, smuggling, survival, prison life, life is a bitch, dishonesty, false accusation, injustice, bus driver, corrupt law enforcer, false arrest, corrupt officer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: morocco, africa, antwerp
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
King of Thieves (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, ten-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West.
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: child prostitution, circus, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, kidnapping, youth, crimes, dishonesty, hopes, siblings relations, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, berlin germany, europe, germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself ...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, exciting ...
Plot: rivalry, survival, social decay, contests and competitions, rich and poor, society, lifestyle, job seeking, deathtrap, escapades, gambling, risk ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%