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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978)
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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 350 min.
Story: In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later his past comes back to haunt him.
Style: tense, atmospheric, clever, serious, emotional, realistic, talky
Plot: small town, betrayal, alcohol abuse, rise and fall, haunted by the past, society, rivalry, tragic hero, buried truth, power relations, social relations, drunkard, social outcast, father daughter reunion
Place: england, europe

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The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 196 min.
Story: Adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realising his ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, tragic hero, social relations, rise and fall, betrayal, society, buried truth, family problems, dishonesty
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s, victorian england
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The Casual Vacancy (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
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Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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Style: emotional, touching, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Clouds of Witness (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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Style: talky, witty, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
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Time: 1920s
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Duration: 469 min.
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Style: sincere, atmospheric, clever, stylized, serious ...
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Place: england, europe
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Country: UK
Duration: 416 min.
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Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
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Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
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Country: UK
Duration: 350 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, captivating
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⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
To Serve Them All My Days (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 673 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 780 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
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Country: UK
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