Movies like West 2013

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West (2013)
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West (2013)
Original name: Westen
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, captivating, gloomy
Plot: immigrants, starting over, social decay, family relations, hopes, society, haunted by the past, friendship, love triangle, single mother, freedom, immigration, intergenerational friendship, suspicion, cold war, interrogation, single parent, christmas, violence, german, snow, female nudity, sex scene, blonde, border ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east germany, east berlin, west germany ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about society, hopes, family relations, immigrants, friendship, starting over and haunted by the past mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like West: The Dust of Time (2008), Barbara (2012), My Australia (2011), The World Made Straight (2015), Out of My Hand (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Dust of Time (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and ...
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Barbara (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, melancholic, compassionate ...
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Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: east germany, germany, europe, german democratic republic, northern germany ...
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My Australia (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: City of Lodz in Poland, after the Second World War. Two brothers, Tadek and Andrzej, grow up without a father, and their mother, so busy at work, does not notice when the boys join a rowdy and anti-Semitic organization.Only when during a fight one ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching
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The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, crimes, life is a bitch, civil war, friendship, family relations, youth, hopes, coming of age, mountain ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Out of My Hand (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Liberia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: ‘What do you want?’ asks the trade union leader, to which the men respond as if with one voice: change! Life is hard work on Liberia’s rubber plantations and wages are meagre. Nothing has changed for generations, but now the workers are ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative
Plot: workplace, workplace situations, starting over, immigrants, society, hopes, realism, poverty, new life, haunted by the past, strike, plantation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, africa
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Northless (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Andres reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United Sates. There between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana is a troubled city. As he waits there, Andres is not only confronted with his feelings and what he left behind, but also with ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere
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Guten Tag, Ramón (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After five failed attempts to go to the United States, 18-year-old Ramón decides to look for a friend’s aunt in Germany, but never finds her. With no papers or money, and without knowing the language, he barely survives living on the street until ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, hopes, society, fish out of water, mexican, beggar, life is a bitch, unemployed, disorder, misfit, friends ...
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Morning Dew (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ethiopia, Germany, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough
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For a Moment, Freedom (2008)
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Duration: 110 min.
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39%
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Offline (2012)
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Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, colombia
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Dallas 362 (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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31%
Farewell to Harry (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Country: USA
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30%
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Small World (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
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Place: france, europe
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Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: captivating, sentimental, emotional, touching, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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27%
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Faith (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: self discovery, haunted by the past, introspection, rebellion, hopes, society, against the rules, love and romance, youth, family relations, forbidden love, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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27%
Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
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27%
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Duration: 105 min.
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Just Like a Woman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 87 min.
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