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My Joy (2010)
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My Joy (2010)
Original name: Счастье мое
Genre: 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, suspense, biting
Plot: murder, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, on the road, countryside, nothing goes right, social relations, disorder, human nature, village, crimes, village life, down on your luck, unfulfillment, thief, prostitution, corruption, insanity, backwoods, mute, child prostitute, truck driver, deadly
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia

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Most similar movies to My Joy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, crimes, murder, deadly, society, family relations and social relations mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like My Joy: Manila (2009), Aurora (2010), Wolfy (2009), Last Winter (2011), Older Than America (2008). 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: tense, serious, touching, atmospheric, neo noir ...
Plot: downfall, on the run, losing-it hero, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, human nature, boss and employee, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
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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, tense, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: murder, midlife crisis, family relations, losing-it hero, factory worker, unfulfillment, parents and children, crimes, life is a bitch, depression, police station, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe, bucharest
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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, realistic, serious, tense, neorealism ...
Plot: life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, alcohol abuse, little girl, family relations, negligence, mother daughter relationship, loneliness, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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100%
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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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy
Plot: countryside, farm, estrangement, workplace situations, society, workplace, nothing goes right, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social relations, village, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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: bleak, serious, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: genocide, dishonesty, against humanity, family relations, life is a bitch, clergy, haunted by the past, priest, americana, social relations, society, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
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71%
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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: serious, thought provoking, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: murder, human nature, uncover truth, moral dilemma, introspection, dishonesty, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, couples, police investigation, murder witness, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, normandy
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67%
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The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: tense, serious, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, uncover truth, interracial relations, police investigation, vandalism, murder, law enforcement, life is a bitch, society, crimes, violence, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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56%
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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: disturbing, psychological, serious, tense, surreal ...
Plot: murder, destructive relationship, manipulation, femme fatale, couples, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch, family relations, lifestyle, human nature, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, serious, psychological, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: bank, unlikely criminals, losing-it hero, introspection, workplace, rivalry, crimes, workplace situations, road not taken, boss and employee, murder, suicide ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 90s, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: tense, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: violence spree, family problems, family relations, crimes, domestic disturbance, marital rape, divorce, graphic violence, breaking point, under the surface, domestic violence, breast feeding ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, bleak, psychological, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mental illness, murder, crimes, family life, social relations, family relations, small town, store, small town life, insanity, mental breakdown ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: desert, crimes, mind game, on the road, murder, interracial relations, racism, racial relations, driving, wedding, down on your luck, hollywood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: realistic, serious, disturbing, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, righting the wronged, church, religions or cults, estrangement, society, uncover truth, oracle, dishonesty, on the run, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: school shooting, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, high school life, youth, losing-it hero, loneliness, social misfits, murder, misfit, high school ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
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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, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: human trafficking, sex slavery, confined, life is a bitch, society, crimes, on the road, kidnapping, brutality, rape, abduction, trick ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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45%
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: serious, psychological, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, track down, manhunt, self discovery, tragic hero, heroes, crimes, vengeance, revenge plot, murder of husband, police officer, death of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, argentina, bolivia, toronto ontario canada
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44%
A Long and Happy Life (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Sascha lives in a village on the Kola Peninsular in northern Russia and dedicatedly manages what is left of an old collective farm. He gets on well with his farm workers who respect him and also tolerate his more or less clandestine love-affair with ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, stylized, tense ...
Plot: village, farm, society, social relations, rebelliousness, injustice, hopes, village life, rebellion, fighting the system, rivalry, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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44%
My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, France, Germany, Iran
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Baran, a war hero, becomes sheriff of the capital and refuses to bow down to a tribal chief.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, society, social relations, village life, village, justice, violence, police, smuggler, honest law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iraq, europe, kurdistan
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44%
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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: couple relations, losing-it hero, cause and meaning, life is a bitch, dull life, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse, writer's life, hotel, disintegration, drugs/alcohol
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe
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42%
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, realistic, tense, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, family in danger, family problems, crimes, homecoming, murder, love, deadly, reunion, danger
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
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41%
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Mothers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister who have not spoken to each other in 16 years. Retired cleaning ...
Style: captivating, realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: elderly, murder, introspection, parents and children, rapist, crimes, gender, society, estrangement, family relations, social relations, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, macedonia
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40%
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: realistic, bleak, serious, sincere, tense
Plot: gypsy, social decay, family in danger, racism, social misfits, realism, society, family life, life is a bitch, murder, secret place, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
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39%
A Caretaker's Tale (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A custodian in a housing project discovers that a naked, mute woman he found in one of his apartments has miraculous healing powers.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: older man younger woman sex, older man young girl relationship, sexual relations, unfulfillment, sexual content, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), father son relationship, older man younger woman relationship, mute or deaf, prostitution, charity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
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38%
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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: court, courtroom drama, investigation, murder, obsession, legal, crimes, dedicated lawyer, courtroom, life is a bitch, true crime, one last case ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
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36%
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Blood and Rain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, Argentina
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Taxi driver Jose begins his night shift bent on revenge after his brother's murder at the hands pf a violent gang. But when an accident brings him unexpectedly closer to his party-girl fare Angela, the damaged pair must struggle against forces ...
Style: bleak, neo noir, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: murder, gang, partners, crimes, life is a bitch, vengeance, city life, revenge, reluctant partners, nightshift, male nudity, masturbation ...
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Egg and Stone (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Meticulous in every way: the non-professional actors with incredible skills, the beautiful camerawork, the timing and dosing of the tragic storyline about a fourteen-year-old Chinese girl from the countryside. A grown-up feature film debut by a ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, gloomy, no music
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth, estrangement, adoption, pregnancy, village, abortion, countryside, down on your luck, girl, egg ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, china
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36%
Suburban Madness (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the real story of Clara Harris, the Houston, Texas dentist who made headlines in July 2002 when she killed her adulterous husband by repeatedly running over him with her car.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: private detective, murder, dishonesty, couples, family problems, infidelity, crimes, dentist, love triangle, under the surface, adultery, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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35%
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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
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34%
Hush Little Baby (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Four girls in rehab is on tour from their treatment centers and it becomes their life stories. The girls run off in a stolen Volvo and soon learns to know the freedom of good and evil. Both the fantastic feeling to be master of its own destiny, but ...
Style: realistic, road movie, psychological, emotional, serious ...
Plot: on the road, haunted by the past, human nature, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, friendship, stealing a car, self discovery, journey, secret, mysterious past, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen
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34%
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The Reunion (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A film between fiction and reality, highlighting questions about group dynamics and established hierarchies. A group of people meet for their high school reunion 20 years later. One of them talks about her being bullied and outcast and soon the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, psychological, thought provoking
Plot: life is a bitch, human nature, adulthood, haunted by the past, social relations, realism, misfit, disorder, breaking point, bullying, party, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%