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The Mill and the Cross (2011)
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The Mill and the Cross (2011)
Original name: Młyn i krzyż
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, The Mill and the Cross is a cinematic re-staging of Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece "Procession to Calvary," presented alongside the story of its creation.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic, surreal, offbeat, experimental, contemplative, stylized
Plot: painter, punishment, life is a bitch, religions or cults, death sentence, society, redemption, occupation, loss of son, symbolism, painting, drawing, execution, famous painting, breast feeding, performer's life, artists and showbiz, corrupted ruler, religion, female nudity, artist, bread, death of son, easter, tree ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, belgium, flanders

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Most similar movies to The Mill and the Cross

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, atmospheric and contemplative films with plots about society, life is a bitch, religion, clergy, religions or cults, hopes and heroes mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Mill and the Cross: The Radicals (1989), Glass Lips (2007), Tsar (2009), The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008), Silence (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Radicals (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.
Style: emotional, bleak, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: church, christianity, clergy, state affairs, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition, society, heroes, romance, religions or cults, woman ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, switzerland, zurich switzerland
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Glass Lips (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This dialog-free film, originally presented as 33 short films, is an experimental, bizarre set of meditations and flashbacks of the grotesque.
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, life is a bitch, estrangement, haunted by the past, homecoming, doctors and patients, wrongfully committed, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, dull life, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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85%
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: leadership, clergy, russian history, political unrest, head of state, dishonesty, ambition, corrupted ruler, royal court, rebelliousness, political corruption, society ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
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84%
The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, epic, bleak
Plot: rebellion, christianity, rebel, political unrest, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, society, religions or cults, state affairs, tragic event, war, blood ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, norway
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80%
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Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy and prosperous family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, this pious, upstanding man raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: injustice, rebellion, folk hero, vengeance, rebelliousness, revolution, righting the wronged, life is a bitch, society, social differences, price of justice, murder ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe
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77%
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Silence (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and search for their mentor.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: christianity, culture clash, human nature, fish out of water, disorder, religions or cults, clergy, danger, society, life is a bitch, religious persecution, jesuit ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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76%
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The Garden (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, art house, sexual ...
Plot: gender, life is a bitch, society, injustice, paparazzi, gay, passion, torture, religion, christ allegory, humiliation, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
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58%
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Snow Pirates (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the shadow of the military coup in 1980, these children aged 12-13, playing their childish games soon arrive at an understanding of life's responsibilities and are hastily introduced into the world of the grownups.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating, bleak
Plot: self discovery, friendship, society, youth, life is a bitch, small town, friends, coming of age, distopia, children
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: turkey
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57%
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Mr. Turner (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: sincere, captivating, enigmatic, surreal, meditative ...
Plot: painter, estrangement, ambition, couple relations, elderly, love and romance, society, aging, painting, eccentricity, art, character study ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1820s, 1840s ...
Place: london, england, holland
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54%
Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 231 min.
Story: Follow-up to the TV trilogy "Heimat", this time for cinemas, set again in the fictional village Schabbach in the Hunsrück region of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, epic, stylized ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, society, coming of age, diary, village life, village, emigration, teenage life, social relations, mountain, siblings relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: germany, brazil, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: biblical, captivating, atmospheric, epic, contemplative ...
Plot: heroes, life is a bitch, state affairs, leadership, dishonesty, clergy, anti heroes, hopes, ambition, obsessive quest, anti hero, injustice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, rome italy, israel
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53%
The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A town cursed with barren women and famine is saved by a miracle birth to an old, ugly woman: the Mother. Immediately afterwards, the old woman's Daughter (Ormond) claims to have delivered the baby herself in a virgin birth. She imprisons the ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, serious, stylized, rough ...
Plot: bishop, virginity, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, hypocrisy, baby, youth, clergy, violence, seduction, brutality, death ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe
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53%
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: La leggenda del santo bevitore (literally "The legend of the holy drinker") is a 1988 Italian film directed by Ermanno Olmi. It tells the story of a drunken homeless man (played by Rutger Hauer) in Paris who is lent 200 francs by a ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, gloomy, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: change of luck, drugs/alcohol, lifestyle, society, addiction, redemption, alcohol abuse, social differences, sexual content, alcoholic drink, drifter, melancholy ...
Time: 21st century, 80s
Place: paris france, europe
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47%
Alfred the Great (1969)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: battles, viking, military, war, clergy, society, religions or cults, palaces castles and temples, heroic mission, moral dilemma, heroes, graphic violence ...
Time: 9th century, ancient history
Place: england, europe
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46%
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 260 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: biblical, epic, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: jesus christ, betrayal, desert, miraculous event, temptation, jesus, redemption, hopes, leadership, society, tragic hero, human spirit ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, ancient times
Place: holy land, jerusalem, egypt
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45%
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Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, factual, gloomy ...
Plot: saint, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, starting over, society, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 13th century
Place: italy, europe
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44%
House with a Turret (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 80 min.
Story: During the final winter of WWII, as displaced persons return to their former homes in the Soviet Union, an 8-year-old boy is left alone when his mother dies en route.
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: orphan, on the road, society, life is a bitch, youth, human nature, wartime life, little boy, world war two, death of mother, down on your luck, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: ukraine
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43%
The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, clergy, dishonesty, betrayal, immigrants, life is a bitch, society, love triangle, couple relations, missing person, wartime life ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: spain, europe, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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In the Crosswind (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: deportation, getting home, labor camp, wartime life, family in danger, survival, life is a bitch, danger, family relations, parents and children, on the road, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1941 ...
Place: estonia, siberia, europe, russia, soviet union ...
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41%
Salem Witch Trials (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The film recounts the sobering tale of how 19 innocent lives were taken in a community experiencing paranoid hysteria regarding the suspected - but unproved - presence of the occult in the small New England town.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: witch hunt, false accusation, puritan, religions or cults, society, americana, courtroom drama, politics, legal, social decay, death row, state affairs ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: massachusetts, usa
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41%
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Lourdes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains.
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: miraculous event, disability, religions or cults, redemption, society, clergy, healing power, religion, volunteer, self discovery, envy, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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40%
An Ordinary Execution (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: During the last days of Stalin's reign, a doctor (Marina Hands) tries to go unnoticed in a society of mutual dread where a neighbour or colleague might "denounce" you to the authorities at any moment.But tales of her healing touch ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: head of state, power relations, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, dictator, josef stalin, suffering, illness, distopia ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: ussr, russia, soviet union
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40%
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: uplifting, serious, epic, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: painter, genius, architect, sculpture, painting, infidelity, historical figure, life & death, pope, hard labor, standoff, showdown ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 60s, 1960s, 1500s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, vatican
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40%
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The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy, Poland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a terminally-ill art historian meets an engineer, it is love and lust at first sight. But their love is threatened by her looming illness. With her remaining days on earth numbered, she chooses to fan the flames of her obsession by taking her ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: redemption, romance, couples, destructive relationship, terminal illness, vengeance, human spirit, true love, couple relations, supernatural romance, wish come true, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, venice, england, london
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40%
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Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: psychological, stylized, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, misfit, social misfits, drug dealing, crimes, estrangement, society, overdose, drugs/alcohol, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hungary, europe
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39%
The Karamazov Brothers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dostoevsky’s latter-day opus about the siblings and their father is among the masterpieces of world literature. It asks profound questions about ethics and religion. Is there a God? Does the devil exist? Is everything allowed because we live in a ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: theater, parents and children, lifestyle, hopes, artists and showbiz, society, performer's life, family relations, redemption, siblings relations, human nature, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, poland, prague, central europe
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39%
Groenten uit Balen (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story of the laborer family Debruycker during the turbulent strike by Vieille Montagne in 1971.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: working class, fighting the system, rebellion, labor union, family life, workplace situations, society, human spirit, workplace, life is a bitch, factory worker, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, belgium
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37%
The Annunciation (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Annunciation (in Hungarian: Angyali üdvözlet) is a Hungarian film directed by András Jeles in 1984, based on The Tragedy of Man (1861) by Imre Madách. When Adam (Péter Bocsor) and Eve (Júlia Mérő), having succumbed to Lucifer's ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: female full frontal nudity, bible, symbolism, devil, angel, philosophy, lucifer, religions or cults, heroes, obsessive quest, murder, card playing ...
Time: ancient history, 18th century
Place: paris france, ancient greece, prague, athens greece, france ...
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36%
The Other Conquest (1998)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The film is a drama about the aftermath of the 1520s Spanish Conquest of Mexico told from the perspective of the indigenous Aztec people. It explores the social, religious, and psychological changes brought about by a historical process of ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: pagan, society, clergy, heroes, leadership, military, culture clash, religions or cults, palaces castles and temples, aztec, native american, sex ...
Time: 16th century
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: clergy, society, politics, state affairs, political unrest, battles, rise to the top, military, heroes, ambition, samurai, war ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, korea, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%