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Cracks in the Shell (2011)
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Cracks in the Shell (2011)
Original name: Die Unsichtbare
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Fine suffers from not being seen but she also does her best at not being noticed, even though she is an acting student. At night, when her mentally handicapped sister Jule cannot get to sleep and stereotypically bangs her head against the wall, Fine turns the recorder on and gives a firework of singing, acting and dancing. However in the acting school she lacks self confidence to uninhibitedly storm the stage. After the well known director Kasper Friedemann invites Fine for an audition, she convinces him with her acting.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: actor's life, losing-it hero, artists and showbiz, power relations, actress, self destructing, mentor protege relationship, theater, audition, school, teachers and students, sexual content, strong female presence, twentysomething life, competition, perfectionist, backstage, casting, sexual repression, woman in bathtub, self destruction
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, actor's life, society, power relations, couples and strong female presence mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Cracks in the Shell: Venus in Fur (2013), Viola (2012), Alps (2011), Fall to Rise (2014), Sleeping Sickness (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Venus in Fur (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An enigmatic actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) may have a hidden agenda when she auditions for a part in a misogynistic writer's (Mathieu Amalric) play.
Style: sexual, psychological, sexy, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: masochism, bdsm, femdom, audition, theater, s&m, power relations, mind game, actress, flirting, director, vulgarity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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100%
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Viola (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 65 min.
Story: Several actresses get caught up in a web of romantic intrigue while performing in a production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
Style: non-linear, realistic, serious, talky, clever ...
Plot: actor's life, theater, postmodernism, strong female presence, twentysomething life, lesbian relationship, actress, urban, lesbian kiss
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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67%
 6.4
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Alps (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, France, Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach offer a service for hire wherein they stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased, to assist with the grieving process.
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, disturbing, cynical ...
Plot: workplace, death in the family, dark humor, family problems, losing-it hero, dealing with death, boss and employee, human nature, nurse, hospital, absurdism, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece
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49%
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 35
Fall to Rise (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A famous dancer is fired after an injury and thrust into the role of motherhood.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, psychological, contemplative
Plot: ambition, introspection, artists and showbiz, strong female presence, hopes, dancer's life, women, dancer
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Sleeping Sickness (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, Netherlands
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Ebbo and Vera Velten have spent the better part of the past twenty years living in different African countries. Ebbo is the manager of a sleeping sickness programme. His work is fulfilling. Vera, however, feels increasingly lost in Yaounde’s ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: losing-it hero, plague, unfulfillment, destructive relationship, couple relations, heroes, couples, family, doctor, getting home, homecoming, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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46%
 6.0
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Amazon Falls (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Amazon Falls tells the story of a faded B-movie actress JANA who refuses to let go of her dream of being a star. Famous for her roles in Amazon movies where she portrayed a variety of pre-Xena warrior-princesses, she desperately tries to keep her ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: hollywood, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, human nature, ambition, aging, actress, rivalry, society, once promising, showbiz, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
She's Lost Control (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ronah's life unravels when she starts working with a new client, Johnny.
Style: psychological, serious, tense, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: sexual relations, prostitute, life turned upside down, sex scene, female protagonist, couples, society, sexual content, transgender woman, urban, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: realistic, tense, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, society, immigrants, life is a bitch, photojournalist, female protagonist, post traumatic stress disorder, post traumatic stress, couples, captivity, hostage, captive ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, italy
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40%
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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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39%
 7.1
 9K
Inside (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A man's life, thoughts, feelings and his very own darkness... Adapted from Dostoevsky's novel "Notes from Undergroud", Demirkubuz follows Muharrem as he gets himself invited to a party where he is not welcome, just to find ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, captivating, contemplative
Plot: human nature, cause and meaning, introspection, hopes, artists and showbiz, writer's life, humiliation, loneliness, party, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, dull life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.0
 216
Broken Windows (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Four Women, Four Dreams, Four Realities
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: love triangle, interracial relations, couples, love and romance, artists and showbiz, romance, actor's life, sibling relationship, party, brother sister relationship
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 522
Poison Friends (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of college students are duped by a charming pathological liar.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, cynical, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, youth, friends, power relations, college life, betrayal, student life, college, teachers and students, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, student, mishap ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
All the Light in the Sky (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An insomniac actress is facing the waning days of her career, when her niece pays a visit to her Malibu house.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, midlife crisis, artists and showbiz, actor's life, introspection, unfulfillment, aspiring actress, beach house, insomnia, female nudity, global warming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Lesson (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Greece
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An honest, hard-working schoolteacher in a small Bulgarian town is driven to desperate measures to avoid financial ruin.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: school, teacher, teachers and students, small town, stolen money, loan shark, lie, money problems, dedicated educator, power relations, father daughter relationship, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.1
 442
Beautiful Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Odessa is a beautiful girl addicted to the attention and money that being an adult film star brings. William, a lonely mechanic, has a crush on her, and she indulges his fantasy and leads him on. Thinking he can save her and help her find a normal ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy
Plot: porn star, fall in love, impossible love, desire for fame, ambition, celebrity culture, actor's life, showbiz, artists and showbiz, love and romance, sexual content, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Burnt Out (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: François Durrieux, a man in his forties, married to Clémence and father of Benjamin, has been employed for years by the firm DSBO. In order not to lose his job, he always submits to his boss's demands whether it means working after office ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: parents and children, fighting the system, workplace, power relations, workplace situations, boss and employee, suffering, middle aged man, friendship, revolt, employee, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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34%
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Island (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on 'Jane Rogers' acclaimed novel, "Island" is a tale of yearning and retribution. Abandoned at birth, Nikki Black has spent most of her life in care sustained only by fairy-stories. Incapable of love, fearful and desperate ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: island, hidden identity, undercover, family problems, dishonesty, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, orphan, redemption, storm, ferry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.0
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The Bird (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman, withdrawn from life, rescues a live bird that had been trapped in the wall of her apartment.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, gloomy
Plot: strong female presence, estrangement, restaurant, movie theatre, food, beach, bird, kiss, cigarette smoking
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 6.7
 744
Silver Tongues (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two lovers travel from town to town playing a dark game of deceit that soon spirals out of control, threatening their very relationship.
Style: psychological, tense, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: couple relations, hidden identity, couples, dishonesty, juggling, crumbling relationship, society, love and romance, sexual content, infidelity, manipulation
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Anna (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Czech refugee Krystyna (Paulina Porizkova) travels to New York in search of her actress idol and fellow expatriate, Anna (Sally Kirkland). After her own arrival in the Big Apple, Anna finds that celebrity often doesn't travel well, and she must ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: aging, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, lifestyle, desire for fame, actor's life, immigrants, adoption, teachers and students, celebrity culture, showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: czechoslovakia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Two (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Portugal
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Isabelle Huppert stars as a pair of twin sisters in Werner Schroeter's gorgeously composed and utterly berserk opus stuffed to overflowing with sailors, drag queens, suicides, cemeteries, doppelgängers, fickle foxes and operatic arias.
Style: non-linear, realistic, psychological, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, human nature, opera, strong female presence, twins, hopes, destiny, cabaret, male nudity
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, provence, portugal, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Portuguese Nun (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A young French actress in Lisbon to shoot a movie is intrigued by a nun she sees kneeling in the chapel where she is filming.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: church, filmmaking, love and romance, lifestyle, culture clash, religions or cults, artists and showbiz, clergy, actor's life, love affair, self discovery, nun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: portugal, europe
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33%
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Violent Blue (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Katarina is a music teacher obsessed with an unfinished symphony. She worries about her brother, Ondrej an introverted inventor whose financiers are reputedly shady and dangerous. Then one day, her ex-husband Pietro shows up in her house and locks ...
Style: serious, surreal, realistic, cynical, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, murder, dishonesty, losing-it hero, sexual relations, captivity, confined, social misfits, mute or deaf, misfit, disorder, topless woman ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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32%
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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 ⇓
32%
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Being 14 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The lives and turbulent adventures of a bunch of fourteen-year-old teenagers, through the eyes of three young girls - Sarah, Jade and Louise - with one last year to go before high school.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, teenage life, coming of age, drug abuse, youth, sexuality, self discovery, college, strong female presence, life is a bitch, friends, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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32%
 6.6
 735
Three Worlds (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Al, a young man from a modest background is about to marry his boss’ daughter, along with succeeding him as the head of a car dealership. One night, while coming back from his bachelor party, he is guilty of a hit-and-run accident, urged by his ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: witnessing a crime, moral dilemma, society, life is a bitch, righting the wronged, illegal immigrant, hit and run, manslaughter, rivalry, misfit, immigrants, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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31%
 5.8
 3K
Wreckers (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A married couple move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband's brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple's relationship.
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: countryside, newlyweds, family relations, siblings relations, couples, village, couple relations, female protagonist, infidelity, brother brother relationship, abusive father, home renovation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Invisible Eye (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France, Spain
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spying on her students, a teacher finds an exciting hobby.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: political unrest, high school life, workplace, youth, rebellion, society, teachers and students, against the rules, social relations, workplace situations, responsibility, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Caesar Must Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire), the scripted documentary shows inmates at a prison in Rome rehearsing for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Style: realistic, tense, talky, captivating, serious ...
Plot: prison, hopes, actor's life, human spirit, audition, confined, criminal heroes, prison life, introspection, rehearsal, prison warden, convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.0
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3 Backyards (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An executive, a housewife and a youngster spend a day in their Long Island suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day afternoon.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: society, estrangement, unfulfillment, dull life, suburbs, couple relations, couples, human nature, lifestyle, multiple storylines, one day, suburban life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%