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To Life (2014)
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To Life (2014)
Original name: À la vie
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple pleasures in life: nice meals, ballads on the beach, playing in the waves.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, uplifting, captivating, contemplative
Plot: friendship, starting over, haunted by the past, human spirit, hopes, auschwitz, girlfriend, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, reunited friends, post war, lifestyle, friends, strong female presence, older woman younger man relationship, woman in a bikini, seaside, sexless marriage, impotent husband, reunion
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: france, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, friendship, friends, society, human spirit, family relations and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like To Life: I Forgot to Tell You (2009), Faith Like Potatoes (2006), Anita B. (2014), Villa Amalia (2009), Oxygen (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
I Forgot to Tell You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie is a young woman with a troubled past. Her passion is painting, but she never had any formal training. Living in the South of France, she takes whatever work she can get to make ends meet. Then she befriends the elderly painter Jaume and he ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: friendship, hopes, elderly, starting over, mental illness, self discovery, golden years, bittersweet, alzheimer's disease, painting, intergenerational friendship, teacher student relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Faith Like Potatoes (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu ...
Style: christian film, serious, sincere, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: farm, friendship, starting over, political unrest, human spirit, hopes, social differences, religions or cults, food, redemption, society, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, south africa
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Anita B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After World War II, Anita, a young survivor of Auschwitz, becomes involved in an intense and passionate affair that almost shatters her until she gains the strength to start a new life.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: starting over, love affair, haunted by the past, adoption, small town, family relations, youth, hopes, auschwitz, teenage love, self discovery, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: czech republic
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Villa Amalia (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Ann leaves Thomas and everything else behind when she catches him kissing another woman. With her music and help from Georges, she begins a journey to find herself.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: starting over, self discovery, hopes, musician's life, friendship, redemption, dysfunctional couple, deception, male female relationship, father daughter reunion, new life, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, france, brittany, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Oxygen (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two young man share an incurable illness. Is their love for the women in their lives strong enough to conquer their fear of dying?
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: transplant, human spirit, terminal illness, friendship, optimism, hopes, life is a bitch, friends, buddies, love and romance, unfulfillment, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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G.H.B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A reflection on love and pleasure experienced by three women, set in France, New York, and Shanghai.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: on the run, friendship, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, on the road, looking for love, life is a bitch, strong female presence, friends, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Louise Wimmer (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The middle-aged titular heroine (Masiero) of this bare-bones, Dardenne-esque debut has certainly fallen on hard times: Living between her car and a storage shed, working a part-time job as a hotel chambermaid, and trying against all odds to obtain ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: starting over, life is a bitch, human spirit, optimism, hopes, working class, nudity (full frontal - brief), female protagonist, cleaning lady, homelessness, poverty, single woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, small town, haunted by the past, hopes, death of wife, redemption, father daughter relationship, society, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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A Few Days of Respite (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Mohsen teaches French at the University of Tehran, and Hassan is a photographer. Mohsen and Hassan are also lovers, and in Iran they live in fear, as homosexuality is punishable by death. Tired of denying their love, Mohsen and Hassan flee Iran to ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, small town, friends, couples, love affair, couple relations, human nature, introspection, hopes, love and romance, bittersweet, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Max & Lenny (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Max and Lenny is the story of a friendship between two girls fighting for survival in a northern area of Marseille.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: ambition, friendship, follow your dream, teenage life, hip hop, youth, society, family relations, hopes, music, friends, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, power relations, hopes, society, fire brigade, friendship, rivalry, reach out, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Just Like a Woman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, starting over, self discovery, lifestyle, belly dancing, hopes, unfulfillment, society, on the road, dancing, secret, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Yuki & Nina (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Yuki finds out that her parents are separating and she is moving to Japan with her mother, she and her best friend Nina devise ways to reunite the feuding adults.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, stylized, realistic
Plot: friendship, forceful separation, parents and children, family problems, parents separation, family relations, breakup, youth, hopes, best friends, on the run, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Atomic Age (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Two young boys, Victor and Rainer, take the commuter train to spend the evening in Paris. In a nightclub on the banks of the Seine they go from one disappointment to another, from failed chat ups to street brawls. But as they get carried away by the ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, exciting, melancholic ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Deep in the Heart (2012)
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Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
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Style: realistic, uplifting, serious, touching, captivating ...
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The Consul of Bordeaux (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This is the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a man of conviction who saved 30,000 lives during WWII, in June 1940. Among them were10,000 Jews. As the Portuguese General Consul stationed in Bordeaux, France, he issued 30,000 visas for safe ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, captivating, touching, emotional ...
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Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausecu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime ...
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Plot: friendship, youth, hopes, reform, exile, warning, family relations, siblings relations, rebelliousness, human spirit, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dictatorship ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 85 min.
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Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, estrangement, starting over, family problems, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, actor's life, hopes, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Just Like the Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, captivating, serious
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Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, gloomy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After ten years, Jacques comes back to France to handle his father’s succession. He had left France to live in the USA to escape a painful past he shared with Mado, his former wife, who in the meantime built a new life with Stéphane and their 7 ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy
Plot: starting over, family relations, couples, lovers reunited, couple relations, parents and children, death in the family, dead son, loss of child, dealing with death, little boy, dead brother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Thailand, Laos
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Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, touching
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Northless (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
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Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional, christian film
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Genre: Drama
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Style: captivating, serious, emotional, touching, realistic
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Captain Abu Raed (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Jordan
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Style: uplifting, serious, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional, touching
Audience: girls' night
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Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
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