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Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
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Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
Original name: باشو غریبه کوچک
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran
Duration: 120 min.
Story: During the Iran-Iraq War, Bashu, a young boy loses his house and all his family. Scared, he sneaks into a truck that is leaving the area. He gets off the truck in the Northern part of the country, where everything from landscape to language is different. He meets Naii, who is trying to raise her two young children on a farm, while her husband is away. Despite cultural differences, and the fact that they do not speak the same language, Bashu and Naii slowly form a strong bond Written by Sam Tabibnia
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: racism, adventure, village, militant, on the road, heroes, family relations, contests and competitions, orphan, injustice, graphic violence, farm, adoption, village life, society, death in the family, wartime life, countryside, hiding place, culture clash, homecoming, innocence lost, young heroes, social relations, iraq iran war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: iran

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and bleak films with plots about society, family relations, village, village life, wartime life, life is a bitch and youth mostly in Drama, War and Family genres. Some movies like Bashu, the Little Stranger: Marooned in Iraq (2002), Heart of Fire (2008), A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), Travellers (1992), The Man Who Will Come (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Marooned in Iraq (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran
Duration: 100 min.
Story: During the war between Iran and Iraq, a group of Iranian Kurd musicians set off on an almost impossible mission. They will try to find Hanareh, a singer with a magic voice who crossed the border and may now be in danger in the Iraqi Kurdistan. As in ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: treasure hunt, self discovery, military life, military, daring rescue, escapades, musician's life, orphan, nothing goes right, young heroes, homecoming, village ...
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, kurdistan
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Heart of Fire (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Eritrea during the independence war against Ethiopia. Awet's mother left her when she was only a little girl and now she is growing up - in the midst of the upheaval - in an orphanage in Asmara. Her sense of justice is in evidence at an early ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, tense
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ethiopia, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, smuggling, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, village, family in crisis, parents and children, village life, kurd, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, kurdistan, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Travellers (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman's wedding becomes a ritual of mourning when her sister and family die in an auto accident on the way to the wedding. The sisters' mother refuses to accept her daughter's death, and in the midst of wedding guests and ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: wedding, family life, curses spells and rituals, destiny, family gatherings, death in the family, against the rules, ghost, dealing with death, couples, family relations, newlyweds ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Man Who Will Come (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A group of Italian villagers struggle to survive during a tumultuous time in 1943, debating how much assistance to give the partisans with the impending arrival of the Germans. Based on True Events.
Style: serious, captivating, atmospheric, bleak, realistic
Plot: world war two, against humanity, youth, family relations, village life, parents and children, village, life is a bitch, german army, social relations, society, mute or deaf ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944, 40s, year 1943
Place: italy, europe
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55%
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Blackboards (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, Italy, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a group of old men looking for their bombed-out village; he ...
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: survival, wartime life, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, obsessive quest, danger, hopes, on the road, realism, uneducated, teachers and students, wandering ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An 8 year old boy must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: family relations, village life, village, schoolboy, social differences, on the road, parents and children, youth, obsessive quest, young heroes, society, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east
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A Respectable Family (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Shiraz, a city far from Tehran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he faces a country that is now alien to him. Following ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: homecoming, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, wartime life, family problems, estrangement, society, life is a bitch, death in the family, freedom, bureaucracy, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 2010s ...
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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52%
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Kilometre Zero (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Iraq, Finland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s, the film tells of a tragicomic road trip set in Iraq's Kurdistan.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: military life, on the road, military, obsessive quest, society, escapades, oppression, genocide, travel, life & death, bittersweet, battles ...
Time: 80s
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Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A historical drama based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre, Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege. In 1944, the French army ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing
Plot: world war two, interracial relations, racism, soldier, state affairs, society, against humanity, life is a bitch, military, injustice, wartime life, culture clash ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: africa, senegal, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Cow (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.
Style: emotional, touching, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, village, farm, tribe, social relations, protecting from truth, human becoming an animal, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, society, split personality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: iran, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Irreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result.
Style: thought provoking, touching, serious, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: countryside, small town, fish out of water, family relations, village, parents and children, politics, village life, terminal illness, mountain, engineer, farm ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Mother of Mine (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
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Style: bleak, touching, emotional, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, human nature, wartime life, human spirit, parents and children, society, refugee, hopes, refugees, family problems, world war two ...
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Duration: 93 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Mondo (1995)
Genre: Drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Great Water (2004)
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Home Fires (2015)
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Style: captivating, serious, realistic, psychological, touching
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Country: USA, Canada
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Style: psychological, realistic, touching, emotional, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
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Style: sincere, bleak, rough, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
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Private Peaceful (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
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Freedom (2009)
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Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: epic, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Duration: 94 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, farm, parents and children, family relations, religions or cults, society, village, village life, teenage girl, church, wedding, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: belgium, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Zozo (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: Sweden, Czech Republic, UK, Denmark, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Lebanese boy gets separated from his family during the civil war and ends up in Sweden.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: orphan, immigrants, young heroes, fish out of water, parents and children, wartime life, society, life is a bitch, youth, lebanese, young love, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: sweden, lebanon, middle east, europe, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, tense
Plot: world war two, ghetto, orphan, jewish ghetto, starvation, holocaust, wartime life, human spirit, survival, child in peril, confined, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Amigo (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, contemplative, emotional
Plot: soldier, village, moral dilemma, friendship, rebel, american, rebelliousness, culture clash, military, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s
Place: the philippines, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Halima's Path (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: adoption, loss of son, wartime life, parents and children, muslim, family relations, life is a bitch, bodies, un, missing person, search, adopted son ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Pastorale 1943 (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In a Dutch village during the German occupation, a small group of badly organized resistance fighters attempt to assassinate a collaborator.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, factual, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, social relations, human nature, rebelliousness, resistance, execution, torture, robbery, nazi occupation, anti hero, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%