Movies like The Carpenter's Pencil

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The Carpenter's Pencil (2003)
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The Carpenter's Pencil (2003)
Original name: El lápiz del carpintero
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A story of love and obsession during the Spanish Civil War
Style: captivating, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: spanish civil war, prison, political unrest, hopes, society, confined, idealism, artist, doctor, love story, love, couples, rivalry, civil war, forbidden love, love and romance, prison life, state affairs, wrongfully committed, female nudity, fascist, nun, brothel, father daughter relationship, morphine ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: spain, galicia

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Most similar movies to The Carpenter's Pencil

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films with plots about society, love and romance, couples, hopes, family relations, prison and love mostly in Drama, Crime and History genres. Some movies like The Carpenter's Pencil: The 13 Roses (2007), Hours of Light (2004), The Pianist (1998), Soldiers of Salamina (2003), The Sleeping Voice (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The 13 Roses (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 129 min.
Story: True story of thirteen totally normal young women that suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940s. Despite of their innocence, the thirteen were soon executed ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: spanish civil war, spanish history, injustice, woman in danger, social decay, false accusation, confined, dishonesty, idealism, society, life is a bitch, betrayal ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: spain
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95%
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Hours of Light (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: September 1987. In a shootout with police, Juan Jose Garfia makes a triple murder. Sentenced to more than one hundred years, is a rebel prisoner, clever and elusive that it has nothing to lose and nobody to worry about. In 1991, manages to escape ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating
Plot: prison, rehabilitation, confined, unlikely couple, redemption, prison life, hopes, impossible love, murder, love affair, nude, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain
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88%
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The Pianist (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mario Gas directed this music-themed Spanish drama set in Barcelona of the mid-'80s. When famed composer Lluis Doria (Laurent Terzieff) visits a transvestite club, he learns his lifelong friend Albert Rossell (Serge Reggiani) is the house ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy, contemplative
Plot: civil war, love triangle, friends, confined, musician's life, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, love and romance, state affairs, haunted by the past, transvestite ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: paris france, barcelona, spain, france, europe
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77%
Soldiers of Salamina (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Professor Lola Sánchez investigates the truth behind the events experienced by Rafael Sánchez Mazas, one of the founders of the Falange Española party, during the Spanish Civil War.
Style: suspenseful, sincere, captivating, serious, art film ...
Plot: spanish civil war, writer's life, uncover truth, change of heart, lifesaver, political unrest, soldier, society, against humanity, civil war, spanish history, writers ...
Time: 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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The Sleeping Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pepita travels to Madrid to be near her sister Hortensia who is pregnant and in prison. Hortensia is sentenced to death. The execution will not be carried out until after the baby is delivered. Pepita tries everything to stay the execution, but when ...
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, suspenseful, political ...
Plot: spanish civil war, wartime life, woman in danger, fall in love, political unrest, life is a bitch, sister sister relationship, family relations, civil war, false accusation, against humanity, rebellion ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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62%
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Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: prison, confined, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, couples, drug smuggling, husband wife relationship, society, youth, prison life ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england, europe
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59%
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Desire (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In 1945 Spain a young man with Nazi contacts fell in love with a left wing family woman.
Style: captivating, sentimental, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: dangerous attraction, love triangle, love affair, nazism, political unrest, couples, love and romance, state affairs, society, dishonesty, infidelity, betrayal ...
Time: 1930s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Wajma, an Afghan Love Story (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begin a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. After Wajma discovers ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, parents and children, forbidden love, society, life turned upside down, student, honor, love, youth, rivalry, couples ...
Time: 21st century
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Trusting in fate, Don Quixote and Sancho pursue their travels in search of adventure day and night. They ride through fields, talking about subjects as varied as spirituality, chivalry and daily life. A growing bond of friendship unites them.
Style: experimental, realistic, semi serious, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: destructive relationship, life is a bitch, tragic love, gang, friendship, prison life, hopes, idealism, society, don quixote, escape, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The God of Wood (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Yao (Madi Diocou) and Moroccan Rachid (Soufiane Ouaarab) arrive illegally in Valencia, Spain, and separate. Yao sells pirated DVDs in the street and wanders disconsolately around the barrio until he glimpses divorcee Maria Luisa (Marisa Paredes) ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: immigrants, love and romance, culture clash, gender, fall in love, family relations, lifestyle, society, parents and children, gays and lesbians, sexuality, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Breathless Time (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Maria, a nurse whose daughter was killed by three militiamen, travels from Colombia to Spain with her younger son in order to get revenge.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: track down, single parent, rivalry, civil war, island, murder, on the road, couples, loss of daughter, suspense, revenge, obsessive quest ...
Time: 21st century
Place: spain, canary islands, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Kin (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While on a hunt for elephant poachers in Namibia, a white female conservationist and a black lawyer fall for each other despite the condemnation by the local community.
Style: sentimental, captivating, emotional, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: interracial sex, interracial relations, fall in love, love, society, isolation, bigotry, poaching, environmentalism, misfit, siblings relations, rejection ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa
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43%
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Marathon (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Drama by Biju Viswanath, Marathon was adapted from Harteis's memoir of the same name. Explores the relation ship between two poets Richard Harteis and William Meredith former US poet laureate and winner of every major American award for poetry ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: ambition, love and romance, hopes, writer's life, gender, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, tragic love, love ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Women or Children First (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Tom, a Spaniard, is married to Sylvie and lives a quiet but a bit boring life in the Britanny countryside (west of France). Trouble comes when Tom ex girlfriend reappears, asking for help, announcing him that she had a girl from him 9 years ago.
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: family relations, midlife crisis, hopes, friends, couples, human nature, unfulfillment, fatherhood, ex girlfriend, boy, love, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: brittany
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42%
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Your Next Life (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A fight over the calf of a prize milk cow in the close-knit and traditional Pas Valley of Cantabria leaves a cantankerous dairy farmer dead and another fearful of arrest. He and his daughter Val conspire to keep the cause of death quiet, but ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: countryside, murder, farm, love and romance, rivalry, fall in love, couples, village, siblings relations, family relations, father daughter relationship, family problems ...
Time: 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Hanged Man (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two lovers break the law and struggle to stay together when carnal obsession causes tempers to flare.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, blackmail, haunted by the past, young lovers, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, teenager, love, kidnapping, coming of age, mad love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Three Dollars (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Eddie is a principled man, with a wife, a daughter and a mortgage and leads a seemingly stable and happy life as a government land assessor. Yet when the forces of economic and social change threaten this, he realises just how fragile his reality ...
Style: touching, captivating, sentimental, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: family problems, couple relations, self discovery, redemption, hopes, couples, family relations, moral dilemma, love, love triangle, rivalry, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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41%
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Shackles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aspiring teacher (Hughley) takes the one job he's offered, a position at a school inside a prison.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, semi serious
Plot: prison, dedicated educator, idealism, starting over, human spirit, ambition, hardcase students, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, confined, rehabilitation ...
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41%
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The Beehive (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As in the novel of the same title from Camilo Jose Cela, "La Colmena" is a sad composition with the stories of many people in the Madrid of 1942, just the postwar of the spanish civil war. The main theme of the film is the contrast between ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy, atmospheric
Plot: post war, female nudity, spanish history, francisco franco, lgbt, spanish civil war, brothel, performer's life, nude, society, social misfits, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: madrid, spain, europe
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38%
Love in Another Language (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Onur, who has been deaf since birth, works as a librarian. His father had left him and his mother when he was seven, and Onur has always blamed himself for this. Although being able to speak, he has chosen to stay silent because of the pitying looks ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: mute or deaf, love and romance, couples, social misfits, workplace, hopes, leaving home, call center, mute character, self discovery, society, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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38%
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The Front Line (2009)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An Italian man looks back from his jail cell on his youthful exploits as a political extremist with understanding, candour and remorse.
Style: exciting, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: idealism, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, love affair, hopes, love and romance, society, rebelliousness, couple relations, politics, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1982
Place: italy, europe
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37%
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Blind Flight (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War.
Style: sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, hostage, introspection, captivity, prison life, confined, hopes, culture clash, isolation, society, prison, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, middle east, lebanon
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36%
Traces of Sandalwood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, India, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Despite her fame and fortune, Mina, a successful Indian actress in Mumbai, can't forget her little sister Sita, from whom she was forced to separate after their mother's death in a village. Thirty years later she will finally find out that ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: self discovery, haunted by the past, family relations, forceful separation, sibling relationship, actor's life, hopes, love, society, foster child, track down, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Jailbirds (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In order to save the man she loves from jail, Mathilde takes his place by helping his break-out. While she exclusively relies on him to survive in this prison setting, Mathilde has not heard from him since her imprisonment. Isolated, with her son as ...
Style: psychological, realistic, captivating, sentimental
Plot: women's prison, jail, suicide, doctor, prison life, mother son relationship, prison, self sacrifice, salvation, fighting the system, rivalry, violence ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A man returns to a city to try to track down a lovely woman he met six years earlier.
Style: realistic, captivating, art house, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: obsession, city life, chase, looking for love, couples, society, crazy love, melancholy, performer's life, love and romance, obsessive quest, following someone ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, europe
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34%
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prison, confined, fighting the system, uncover truth, false accusation, courtroom drama, society, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, law enforcement, legal action ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, hopes, aging, dysfunctional family, love, african american, women, asthma, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, captivating, depressing ...
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, friendship, teenage life, society, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, youth, love, couples, women of color, korean american ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
Style: captivating, emotional, sincere, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, self discovery, introspection, family problems, supportive spouse, human nature, medical school, family in crisis, blaxploitation, hopes, love, woman ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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A Cartomante (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rita is about to marry a wealthy physician, Dr. Augusto Vilela. One night, Vilela's best friend, Camilo, is brought to the hospital, dying from an overdose. Vilela saves his life and introduces him to his fiancée. Rita and Camilo fall in love ...
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: friendship, love triangle, fall in love, couples, sexual relations, twists and turns, couple relations, friends, sex scene, fortune teller, psychiatrist, doctor ...
Time: 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%