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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, danger, immigrants, escapades, refugee, river, post war, illegal immigrant, rescue from drowning, illegal immigration, soldier, society, lake or river, wartime life, money, fishing, mafia, gun, photograph, rain, night, murder, drowning ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, former yugoslavia, bosnia

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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: 84 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, bleak, serious, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: military, police investigation, danger, murder, investigation, soldier, anti war, witnessing a crime, war, kidnapping, criminal heroes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, serbia, croatia, former yugoslavia
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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: sincere, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, fighting the system, human spirit, re-education, military, life is a bitch, immigrants, tragic hero, danger, hopes, society, refugees ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, california, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: survival, danger, hidden identity, injustice, political unrest, family relations, religions or cults, feminism, human nature, life is a bitch, dishonesty, war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: support group, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, depression, family relations, single parent, parent child relationship, post war, female protagonist, child abuse, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia, sarajevo, europe, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, anti war, archive footage, world war one, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
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46%
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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, disturbing, serious, emotional ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, political unrest, doctors and patients, injustice, society, friendship, wartime life, life is a bitch, doctor, terrorism, tragedy, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, palestine, palestinian authority, middle east, jerusalem
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45%
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Not Today (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 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, suspenseful, sentimental, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: hopes, human spirit, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, escapades, prostitute, society, obsessive quest, danger, youth, family problems, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, tragic love, survival, political unrest, state affairs, escapades, hopes, danger, society, military, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: israel
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42%
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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, sincere, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: surgery, hopes, society, post war, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, redemption, moral dilemma, metaphor, destiny, interracial relations, hiding place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1993, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: europe, bosnia, germany, serbia, former yugoslavia ...
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42%
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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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: immigrants, racism, rebellion, politics, society, legal, state affairs, family relations, life is a bitch, refugee, political unrest, militia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 615
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: immigrants, friendship, widower, van, life is a bitch, working class, criminal, refugee, smuggling, death of wife, border crossing, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, former yugoslavia, slovenia, croatia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: psychological, bleak, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: doctor, gynecologist, moral dilemma, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, workplace, prostitute, dishonesty, abortion, uninhibited rivalry, clinic, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, social decay, youth, sexual abuse, danger, prostitute, society, pedophilia, child prostitution, social worker, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: manila philippines, asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, buddies, partners, immigrants, misfit, dishonesty, cons and scams, friends, society, crime, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, orphan, youth, social decay, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, sincere, serious, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: rebelliousness, political unrest, danger, injustice, society, immigrants, rebellion, life is a bitch, woman in danger, strong female presence, misfit, lawyer
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: emotional, suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, buried truth, society, against humanity, life is a bitch, missing person, teenage life, political unrest, adoption, family relations, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, sexy ...
Plot: woman in danger, injustice, family problems, couples, society, crimes, life is a bitch, lesbian relationship, prostitute, deadly, revenge, double murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, suspenseful, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, hopes, danger, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, afghanistan, pakistan, turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: computer virus, immigrants, muslim, rebellion, uncover truth, rebelliousness, society, family relations, militant, political unrest, missing person, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: algeria, canada, quebec
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34%
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War Story (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee is a world-weary American woman who arrives in an Italian city. Her tangles with hotel staff, incessant smoking and her disregard of the persistently ringing telephone hint at her volatility brewing beneath the surface. Between fitful naps, she ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: photojournalist, haunted by the past, society, immigrants, life is a bitch, female protagonist, rivalry, couples, strong female presence, photographer, war photographer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, italy
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33%
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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, psychological, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: social differences, society, life is a bitch, politics, fish out of water, on the road, self discovery, illegal immigrant, misfit, gays and lesbians, immigrants, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, germany, paris france, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, crimes, working undercover, babies and infants, society, immigrants, legal action, life is a bitch, kidnapping, orphanage, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, realistic, bleak
Plot: drought, world war two, danger, life is a bitch, chaos, survival, wartime life, on the run, escapades, against humanity, family in danger, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: prison, smuggling, danger, prison life, survival, dishonesty, life is a bitch, false accusation, injustice, beating, graphic violence, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, morocco, antwerp
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 510
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: atmospheric, serious, captivating, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family in danger, on the road, survival, militant, starvation, parents and children, survivor, desert, village, escapades, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 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: sincere, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, alcohol abuse, couple relations, self discovery, introspection, redemption, society, life is a bitch, couples, religions or cults, islam, stewardess ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia, bosnia herzegovina, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: refugee, love, happiness, revenge, dishonesty, social misfits, hopes, life is a bitch, misfit, redemption, human nature, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, danger, rich and poor, contests and competitions, social decay, job seeking, lifestyle, society, deathtrap, escapades, gambling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: child prostitution, circus, kids in trouble, kidnapping, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, youth, siblings relations, sexual abuse, crimes, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ukraine, berlin germany, europe, germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%