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A Very Long Engagement (2004)
 7.6
 71K
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Original name: Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But Mathilde refuses to believe it. If Manech had died, she would know. She hangs on to her intuition as tightly as she would onto the last thread of hope linking her to her lover. A former sergeant tells her in vain that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench named Bingo Crepescule, in the company of four other men condemned to die for self-inflicted wounds. Her path ahead is full of obstacles but Mathilde is not frightened. Anything is possible to someone who is willing to challenge fate...
Style: romantic, touching, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, colourful, realistic, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: world war one, private detective, missing person, against the odds, uncover truth, war, young lovers, french, investigation, love and romance, obsession, army, infidelity, hopes, love story, survivor, engagement, uncle niece relationship, aunt niece relationship, fiance fiancee relationship, marriage engagement, destiny, love, life & death, sacrifice ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, year 1917, year 1919
Place: france, paris france, europe, marseille, brittany, marseille provence

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The English Patient (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
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Atonement (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Style: emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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Captain Conan (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bulgaria near the end of World War I: Conan, warrior and wolf, leads a band of 50 ruthless French fighters who love hand-to-hand combat. Their motto: "We forgot to take prisoners, Captain." At war's end, the unit goes to Bucharest, ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense
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The Notebook (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
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Time: 40s, 1940s, 90s, 20th century, post world war two ...
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
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The Lucky One (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth and where she lives, he shows ...
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Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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The Good German (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American journalist arrives in Berlin just after the end of World War Two. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the Potsdam negotiations between the Allied powers. Soon his ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, realistic, neo noir ...
Plot: murder, war criminal, black market, investigation, post war, mystery, haunted by the past, uncover truth, military, love affair, love of one's life, presumed dead ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945, post world war two ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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Sommersby (1993)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, sincere, psychological, sentimental ...
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Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria
Duration: 142 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Place: prague, czechoslovakia, prague czechoslovakia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Head in the Clouds (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 132 min.
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Style: sexy, sentimental, captivating, romantic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s ...
Place: paris france, europe, spain, france, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 135 min.
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Style: philosophical, psychological, captivating, emotional, artsy ...
Plot: opposites attract, romance, destiny, coincidence, bank robbery, criminal heroes, love and romance, fall in love, destructive relationship, haunted by the past, couples, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, australia, europe, sydney australia
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Legends of the Fall (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
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Style: captivating, emotional, sentimental, serious, scenic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Land Girls (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
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29%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Duration: 105 min.
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Country: USA
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Style: touching, feel good, stylized, sentimental, offbeat ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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28%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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