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In Vanda's Room (2000)
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In Vanda's Room (2000)
Original name: No Quarto da Vanda
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 171 min.
Story: With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, In Vanda’s Room takes an unflinching, fragmentary look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people, but is centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi documentary, gloomy, serious
Plot: life is a bitch, misfit, addiction, social misfits, society, drug abuse, down on your luck, heroin addict, urban ghetto life, city life, poverty, urban, urban ghetto, ghetto, friendship, family relations, sister sister relationship, drug addict, drug addiction, african, immigrants, drug use, friend, portuguese, urban setting ...
Time: 90s
Place: lisbon portugal, portugal

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Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
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Ossos (1997)
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Love in the Time of Civil War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lauded Quebec filmmaker Rodrigue Jean (Lost Song) takes a fearless, unflinching look at the reality of addiction in this tough-minded docudrama set in the bleak milieu of hustlers and junkies in Montreal.
Style: bleak, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: gay, prostitute, male prostitute, misfit, life is a bitch, drug abuse, youth, urban ghetto, drugs/alcohol, addiction, social misfits, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
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Place: new jersey, usa
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Macondo (2014)
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Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama centered on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Vienna whose life is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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