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The Horse Thief (1986)
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The Horse Thief (1986)
Original name: 盗马贼
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Devout Buddhists, Norbu and Dolma live with their young son Tashi in a clan in Tibet. Norbu is a highwayman. After Norbu is charged with stealing from the temple, he and his family are banished. Impoverished and marginalized, they can do little when their beloved son becomes ill. Tashi dies of a fever. After a second son is born, Norbu focuses his every action on keeping this child alive, seeking re-admission to the clan for his wife and child, then risking all to save them from isolation and starvation in winter. Images of harsh landscapes, vultures, and prayer wheels carry a virtually wordless narrative.
Plot: horse, thief, chinese, survival, dancing, village, mountain, theft, nomad, poverty, dancer, mask, buried alive, starvation, father son relationship, death of son, buddhist, shepherd, death of child, goat, prayer, killing an animal, isolation, temple, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1920s
Place: tibet, himalaya

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and touching films with plots about village, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, family relations, mountain, death and horse mostly in Drama and Action genres. Some movies like The Horse Thief: Paths of the Soul (2015), Prince of the Himalayas (2006), The Selfish Giant (2013), Himalaya (1999), Postmen in the Mountains (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Paths of the Soul (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 115 min.
Story: PATHS OF THE SOUL follows a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families and homes to make a "bowing pilgrimage" — laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps — along the 2,000-kilometre road to Lhasa. Though ...
Style: no music
Plot: pilgrimage, birth, tractor, cattle, praying, car accident, newborn, baby, tent, killing an animal, urination, male nudity ...
Place: tibet
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Prince of the Himalayas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set in ancient Tibet under the shadow of the Himalayas, the young prince Lhamoklodan learns of his father's mysterious death and returns to the Kingdom Jiaobo. Troubled by his mother's sudden remarriage to his uncle Kulo-ngam, he swears to ...
Style: serious, sincere, exciting, captivating, tragic ending
Plot: friendship, young love, wealth, politics, inheritance, adultery, secret, suspect, fake marriage, pursuit, father son relationship, murder ...
Place: himalaya, tibet, persia, china
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The Turin Horse (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signals the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: horse, poverty, desperation, everyday life, family relations, animal life, destiny, human nature, tragic hero, life is a bitch, forces of nature, survival ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe
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The Selfish Giant (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.
Style: sad, depressing, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: horse, friendship, theft, domestic violence, teenage life, child abuse, juvenile delinquency, realism, social misfits, misfit, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Himalaya (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK, Nepal
Duration: 108 min.
Story: As the denizens of a Tibetan village prepare for their arduous annual trek to exchange salt for grain, the community's allegiances are split between aging chieftain Tinle (Thilen Lhondup) and rebellious young Karma (Gurgon Kyap). Tinle tries to ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: rivalry, monastery, monk, mountain, adventure, family relations, parents and children, elderly, escapades, leadership, society, disobey ...
Time: 90s
Place: himalaya, nepal, tibet, asia, tokyo
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61%
Postmen in the Mountains (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An old postman has spent his whole life delivering mail to the mountain of Hunan and is about to retire. His only son is due to take over his duties. As father and son journey through the mountains, the son begins to appreciate the toil and burden ...
Style: contemplative, touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: mountain, on the road, postman, father son relationship, buddies, love and romance, elderly, aging, golden years, dealing with death, lovers reunited, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: canada
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58%
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Lean on Pete (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.
Style: road movie, exciting, captivating, disturbing, light
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Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Child of the Steppe (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: As the unforgiving forces of nature take their toll on humans and animals, the unexpected return of snow devastates the nomad family’s livestock. 11-year old Sukbhat is forced to leave his childhood behind. Now the hopes of the family rely on the ...
Plot: horse, horse riding, dead animal, snake, goat, horse race, sheep, washing someone
Place: mongolia
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Not One Less (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old replacement, ...
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Plot: coming of age, teacher, elementary school, studying, classroom, mountain, village, money, chalk, city, food, girl ...
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48%
Times and Winds (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In a small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, the villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living off the earth and a few animals they feed. Fathers always prefer one of their ...
Style: touching, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
How Harry Became a Tree (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, dark humor
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Centaur (2017)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 89 min.
Story: Centaur lives a modest life with his family in rural Kyrgyzstan until he abruptly becomes the center of attention when he is caught stealing a racehorse at night. A story inspired by the myth when horses became the wings of men.
Plot: racehorse, countryside, horse riding, bridge, muslim, thief, rope bridge, doctor, police, interrogation, exile, theft ...
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45%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, rough, harsh, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, post apocalyptic, father son relationship, starvation, cannibalism, on the road, dying, chaos, selflessness, protective parent ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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38%
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Sunset Song (2015)
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38%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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37%
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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Japan, Hong Kong
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Shiba (1993)
Genre: Drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
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Style: non-linear
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Place: china
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35%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Sri Lanka
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Baddegama or, more correctly, Beddegama is a 1980 award winning Sinhalese language film directed by Lester James Peries that follows the lives of village people in British Colonial Sri Lanka. The film is based on the 1913 book titled as "The ...
Plot: marriage, thief, jungle, demon, landowner, husband wife relationship, hysteria, jail, village, gun, murder, witch ...
Time: turn of the century
Place: sri lanka
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, meditative ...
Plot: village, mountain, golden years, elderly, life is a bitch, aging, family relations, left to die, down on your luck, parents and children, village life, family life ...
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%