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My Joy (2010)
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My Joy (2010)
Original name: Счастье мое
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A routine run for a truck driver turns into a nightmare he can’t escape in this psychological drama from filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. Georgy (Viktor Nemets) is driving a load of freight into Russia when, after an unpleasant encounter with the police at a border crossing, he finds himself giving a lift to a strange old man (Vladimir Golovin) with disturbing stories about his younger days in the Army. After next picking up a young woman (Olga Shuvalova) who works as a prostitute and is wary of the territory, Georgy finds himself lost, and despite asking some homeless men for help, he’s less sure than he was before of how to make his way back where he belongs. As brutal images of violence and alienation cross the screen, Georgy’s odyssey becomes darker and more desperate until it reaches an unexpected conclusion.
Style: disturbing, tense, bleak, serious, realistic, road movie, atmospheric, biting, suspense
Plot: murder, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, on the road, human nature, countryside, disorder, deadly, nothing goes right, crimes, village, village life, unfulfillment, down on your luck, social relations, thief, prostitution, truck driver, corruption, insanity, mute, backwoods, child prostitute
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, tense and bleak films with plots about murder, crimes, life is a bitch, deadly, society, family relations and social relations mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like My Joy: Manila (2009), Aurora (2010), Wolfy (2009), Last Winter (2011), One Night (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Manila (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: downfall, on the run, losing-it hero, addiction, boss and employee, crimes, life is a bitch, gang, nothing goes right, human nature, drug abuse, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
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95%
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Aurora (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 181 min.
Story: An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping next room. Waste land on the city outskirts: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, tense, contemplative ...
Plot: murder, midlife crisis, losing-it hero, family relations, factory worker, parents and children, unfulfillment, crimes, crime, new wave, life is a bitch, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: romania, europe, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.0
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Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional character, alcohol abuse, neo realism, negligence, family relations, sex addict, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 162
Last Winter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young farmer in Central France tries to sustain his spiritual connection to the land amid the crushing pressures of modern agriculture in this brooding drama.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy
Plot: countryside, farm, society, workplace, nothing goes right, estrangement, workplace situations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social relations, village life, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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One Night (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the harbor city of Le Havre, France, a woman is stabbed during the night, just below the windows of her neighborhood. Pierre (Yvan Attal) has witnessed the murder, and heard the wails of the women crying for help. So have the neighbors, ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, psychological, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, human nature, uncover truth, introspection, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, dishonesty, deadly, witnessing a crime, couples, police investigation, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, bleak, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: against humanity, dishonesty, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, racism, social relations, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Hours of the Day (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Abel lives with his mother in a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona. His life, grey and boring, is based on the small family business, his mother's house, his girlfriend's bed, and the town bars. However under an appearance of quiet ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, family relations, murder, social relations, family life, mental illness, deadly, gory, store, small town life, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: barcelona, spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.8
 74
Bas-fonds (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 68 min.
Story: On the outskirts of civilisation, three young women, Magalie, Marie-Steph and Barbara live a desperate life together. Drowning in alcohol, they both lust for and hate one another, coupling like animals. Yet gradually they become enmeshed in a ...
Style: tense, disturbing, serious, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: murder, manipulation, destructive relationship, femme fatale, life is a bitch, dishonesty, lifestyle, human nature, couples, crimes, family relations, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 486
The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: sincere, disturbing, serious, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, violence, uncover truth, interracial relations, police investigation, murder, vandalism, society, life is a bitch, law enforcement, crimes, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.0
 168
30 Miles (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An act of kindness leads to the destruction of two lives in just thirty miles, when a hitchiker and his ride let down their guards and reveal intimate, dark secrets about their pasts
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: desert, crimes, deadly, murder, interracial relations, on the road, mind game, racism, racial relations, car driving, wedding, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Early One Morning (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Monday morning. Paul Wertret, 50, heads off to his job as a manager at the International Credit and Trade Bank. He arrives at 8 o'clock on the dot, as usual. He enters a meeting room, takes out a gun and kills two of his bosses. Then he locks ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: bank, unlikely criminals, losing-it hero, introspection, workplace situations, road not taken, rivalry, crimes, workplace, deadly, boss and employee, murder ...
Time: 80s, 90s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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90 Minutes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Director Eva Sørhaug (Cold Lunch) reveals the rage and violence lurking beneath seemingly tranquil domesticity in her bold and uncompromising sophomore feature.
Style: bleak, disturbing, tense, contemplative, rough ...
Plot: violence spree, family relations, family problems, danger, domestic disturbance, crimes, marital rape, graphic violence, deadly, breaking point, under the surface, domestic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
No Man's Land (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The film starts with a story about how two monkeys band together and cooperate to survive in the wild, which is used to illustrate how human society is formed. By casting its characters in a desolate, uninhabited no man's land, the film ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic, road movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, lawyer, crimes, murder, on the road, disorder, deadly, escapades, law enforcer killer, faked death, buddhism, tough guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
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Manslaughter (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Doodslag (Dutch for "Manslaughter") is the story of Max, a paramedic who is repeatedly hindered in performing his duties by loutish behaviour. As his ambulance hurries towards a complicated childbirth, some youths prevent Max from reaching ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: ambulance, human nature, moral dilemma, society, social decay, media, crimes, paramedic, power of media, media satire, tv show, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.7
 661
The 19th Wife (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fundamentalist sect member BeckyLyn is accused of killing her husband. Queenie, another wife in the polygamist sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and desperate to prove her innocence reaches out to her excommunicated son ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, psychological, tense ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, righting the wronged, society, church, estrangement, religions or cults, mormon, uncover truth, oracle, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.8
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Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: high school life, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, youth, losing-it hero, loneliness, social misfits, school shooting, interview, murder, high school ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.1
 462
Cargo (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young Russian woman, smuggled into America by human traffickers, and a notorious Egyptian transporter hired to drive her from the Mexican border to New York City, form an unlikely bond that transforms them and threatens to derail the ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: sex slavery, confined, on the road, crimes, society, life is a bitch, human trafficking, kidnapping, rape, brutality, abduction, duct tape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Bibliothèque Pascal (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Hungary, UK, Romania
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A mother's struggle to support her child leads her into a surreal netherworld of sex and danger in this drama from Hungarian filmmaker Szabolcs Hajdu. Mona Paparu is a single mother who has been left to raise her daughter Viorica on her own, ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, sexual abuse, woman in danger, prostitute, family relations, lifestyle, single parent, sexual perversion, s&m, brothel, nightlife, nightclub ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 3.8
 875
Gut (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Something is missing in Tom's life. His marriage has lost its spark, his job is suffocating him, and his childhood best friend Dan still clings to the past. Every day he goes through the motions, becoming increasingly detached from those around ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, voyeurism, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, deadly, best friends, danger, crimes, violence, life turned upside down, friends, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Another Silence (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Argentina, Canada, Brazil
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Marie is a Toronto police officer. One evening, her husband Joshua and their son Nicky are brutally murdered in their car. Marie quickly links Pablo Molina, an Argentinian drug trafficker who she'd arrested a few months earlier, with the crime. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, manhunt, track down, self discovery, deadly, tragic hero, crimes, heroes, vengeance, revenge plot, murder of husband, death of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, argentina, bolivia, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Freddy Hotel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Romania
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freddy Angi, separate and homeless, stumbles into strange love affairs, including one with his wife Anna. The two meet now and then as lovers in a hotel room.
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: losing-it hero, couple relations, alcohol abuse, unfulfillment, cause and meaning, writer's life, life is a bitch, dull life, disintegration, hotel, drugs/alcohol
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Just the Wind (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Drawing inspiration from the death-squad murders of several Gypsy families in Hungary in 2008, director Bence Fliegauf's chilling and unforgettable real-life horror story follows a family whose dreams of emigration and escape are suddenly, ...
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, realistic, tense
Plot: social decay, family in danger, racism, family life, life is a bitch, danger, realism, social misfits, murder, society, village, secret place ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, Austria
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A boy returns home from the institution where he grew up, but finds he is not welcome there. He fights to win the love of his family but ends up murdering them.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, realistic, gloomy
Plot: mentally unstable, family in danger, dysfunctional family, murder, crimes, family problems, deadly, homecoming, reunion, danger, love
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Bog of Beasts (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A man falls in love with a teenage girl, who is exploited by her own grandfather, who sometimes takes her to a gas station to show her naked to whomever pays him some money.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: sexual torture, sexual abuse, youth, strong sexual content, kids in trouble, village, village life, innocence lost, life is a bitch, prostitute, voyeurism, grandfather granddaughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 710
Your Next Life (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A fight over the calf of a prize milk cow in the close-knit and traditional Pas Valley of Cantabria leaves a cantankerous dairy farmer dead and another fearful of arrest. He and his daughter Val conspire to keep the cause of death quiet, but ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: murder, farm, couples, love and romance, rivalry, romance, fall in love, forbidden love, countryside, family relations, siblings relations, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Baran, a war hero, becomes sheriff of the capital and refuses to bow down to a tribal chief.
Style: serious, atmospheric, tense, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, society, village life, village, social relations, justice, violence, police, smuggler, honest law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iraq, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, social decay, introspection, discrimination, crimes, life is a bitch, society, injustice, small town, arson ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.0
 1K
The Ape (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A descent into hell, Jesper Ganslandt's disturbing and suspenseful second feature begins with a man waking up in unfamiliar surroundings, only to find the life he knew the day before is gone.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, sincere, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: losing-it hero, introspection, moral dilemma, human nature, family relations, disorder, life turned upside down, parents and children, heroes, hell, surrealism, male objectification ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 13K
Weekend (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.
Style: suspense, biting, tense, witty, clever ...
Plot: traffic jam, weekend, satire, murder, surrealism, on the road, cannibalism, terrorism, fighting the system, future dystopia, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Prosecuting Casey Anthony (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" reveals Florida prosecutor, Jeff Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation when Caylee Anthony’s mother, Casey, was acquitted of killing her daughter, despite ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: trial, courtroom drama, investigation, crimes, dedicated lawyer, obsession, murder, legal, life is a bitch, courtroom, true crime, one last case ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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