Movies like The Apple 1998

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The Apple (1998)
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The Apple (1998)
Original name: سیب
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, serious, compassionate, sentimental, touching, captivating, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: confined, social worker, family relations, isolation, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, human nature, father daughter relationship, blindness, twins, feral child, apple, youth, captivity, family problems, siblings relations, female director, islam, feminism, marriage, sexuality, politics, sister sister relationship, child abuse ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about family relations, life is a bitch, society, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family and human nature mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Apple: At Five in the Afternoon (2003), The Day I Became a Woman (2000), Mississippi Damned (2009), The Deserted Station (2002), The Circle (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: survival, danger, hidden identity, injustice, political unrest, family relations, religions or cults, feminism, human nature, life is a bitch, dishonesty, war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 74 min.
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Style: touching, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, serious ...
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Time: 90s
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Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, siblings relations, down on your luck, strong female presence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, self discovery, prodigy, human nature, youth, on the road, teachers and students, society, religions or cults, village, isolation, train ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Circle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: on the run, prostitute, rebellion, life is a bitch, pregnancy, politics, friendship, injustice, society, abortion, discrimination, women's rights ...
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Hold Back (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 78 min.
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Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, sincere, tense ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 72 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, hopes, society, life is a bitch, clergy, religions or cults, rabbi, family tradition, family problems, family relations, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 103 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: sincere, sentimental, psychological, touching, serious ...
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: touching, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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56%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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