Movies like Waiting for Happiness

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Waiting for Happiness (2002)
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Waiting for Happiness (2002)
Original name: Heremakono
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Mauritania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of two people who cross paths in Nouhadhibou.
Style: sincere, touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: desert, beach, teenage life, prostitute, ocean or sea, orphan, village life, hopes, society, immigrants, solitude, isolation, culture clash, golden years, social relations, village, sea, ship, student, hotel, death, train, photographer, restaurant, singing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, europe, north africa

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Most similar movies to Waiting for Happiness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about society, village, village life, social relations, immigrants, family relations and life is a bitch mostly in Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Waiting for Happiness: Shun Li and the Poet (2011), Atlantic. (2014), Desert Dream (2007), Three-Step Dance (2003), Max & Lenny (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.
Style: gloomy, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, platonic, immigrants, workplace situations, social misfits, petty job, village life, life is a bitch, friends, society, misfit, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
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95%
 6.5
 463
Atlantic. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Morocco, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: escapades, immigrants, family relations, unfulfillment, hopes, danger, village, village life, family life, society, starting over, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: morocco, africa
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93%
 6.7
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Desert Dream (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: This film takes place in a remote area, a desert region situated somewhere between the Mongolia and Chinese border. The town has become nearly void of all inhabitants except for Hangai, who works obsessively to plant trees in the desert area. ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: isolation, village life, parents and children, immigrants, misfit, village, friendship, culture clash, single parent, social relations, bare breasts, soldier ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mongolia, korea, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Three-Step Dance (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Four separate-but-interconnected stories - one for each season - about life in Sardinia.
Style: atmospheric, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: countryside, village life, golden years, homecoming, island, convent, adult virgin, clergy, social relations, village, omnibus, shepherd ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Max & Lenny (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Max and Lenny is the story of a friendship between two girls fighting for survival in a northern area of Marseille.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: society, youth, teenage life, ambition, friendship, hip hop, urban, friends, immigrants, follow your dream, hopes, music ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.9
 209
Restless City (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: hustler, misfit, lifestyle, society, urban, social misfits, city life, love and romance, immigrants, fall in love, world, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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68%
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Bamako (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mali, USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, biting
Plot: politics, globalization, village life, life is a bitch, legal investigation, down on your luck, corporate crimes, fighting the system, dishonesty, social decay, bank, gambling ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Mila from Mars (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Fleeing an abusive relationship, Mila, a teen prostitute, finds herself in a border town, pregnant, alone, and, to her surprise, welcome. The remote village is on a marijuana plantation run by a group of elderly men and women. Not having known much ...
Style: realistic, captivating, offbeat, serious
Plot: orphan, prostitute, coming of age, social relations, starting over, teenage life, on the run, village, haunted by the past, pregnancy, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bulgaria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Colossal Youth (2006)
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: gloomy, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: down on your luck, family relations, life is a bitch, immigrants, social relations, urban ghetto, starting over, innocence lost, human nature, misfit, society, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
To Die Like a Man (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Portugal, France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A transvestite tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, stylized, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: transsexual, forest, misfit, society, transvestism, gender bending, couples, countryside, gender, moral dilemma, showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, portugal
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62%
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Harragas (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Algeria, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the northern Algerian port city of Mostaganem. The title refers to the hordes of refugees, the 'Harragas', who smuggle themselves out of the country via any means possible. Here we meet one such group, Rachid, Nasser and Imene who ...
Style: touching, gloomy, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: immigrants, corrupt officer, against the rules, hopes, ocean or sea, society, human nature, danger, rebellion, human trafficking, lost at sea, money ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: algeria, africa, seaport, mediterranean sea, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.2
 647
Found Memories (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Argentina, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Each citizen of Jotuomba plays an integral role in village life. Madalena is responsible for baking bread; each morning she stacks her rolls as Antonio prepares the coffee. The two share a morning ritual of arguments and insults, followed by an ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, stylized, serious, touching
Plot: elderly, aging, society, village, haunted by the past, golden years, village life, dealing with death, social relations, bread, old age, time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Wind Journeys (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Colombia, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ignacio Carrillo (Marciano Martínez) is a vallenato singer from Majagual, Sucre, who decides, after his wife's sudden death, to stop playing and return his accordion, which is said to be cursed, to his master. He is joined by Fermín Morales ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: destiny, small town, lifestyle, society, social relations, small town life, couples, folk, artists and showbiz, village life, teachers and students, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 139
Hope (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: On his clandestine journey from Cameroon to Europe through the Sahara desert, Léonard meets Hope, a Nigerian girl who's following the same dream.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: society, starting over, rescue, desert, survival, on the road, fall in love, danger, love and romance, immigrants, hopes
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
I Saw the Sun (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to intensify, the family is forced to migrate west to the city of ...
Style: serious, touching, gloomy, realistic
Plot: wartime life, village life, life is a bitch, family relations, siblings relations, gays and lesbians, immigrants, starting over, society, pregnancy, village, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, norway, europe, istanbul turkey, oslo norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Terraferma (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island.
Style: realistic, tense, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: island, tourist, family relations, immigrants, family in crisis, child birth, village life, working class, drowning, social relations, village, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: italy, sicily, mediterranean sea, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 404
August Winds (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her elderly grandmother. She drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music and wants to be a tattoo artist. She feels trapped in the tiny coastal ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: social relations, village, realism, couples, village life, dealing with death, couple relations, coconut, nude sunbathing, female full frontal nudity, male nudity, labia
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 15K
Timbuktu (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mauritania, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: family problems, family life, political unrest, family relations, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, family in crisis, legal, society, courtroom drama, injustice, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: africa, rio de janeiro, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The White Nights of Postman Aleksey Tryapitsyn (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The film represents life in a godforsaken Russian village. The only way to reach the mainland is to cross the lake by boat and a postman became the only connection with the outside world. A reserved community has been set up here. Despite the modern ...
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, realistic, neorealism
Plot: village life, social relations, village, realism, isolation, society, loneliness, money, cigarette smoking, crying, boy, remote ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 458
Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: escapades, village, on the road, desert, survival, life is a bitch, parents and children, village life, renegades, social relations, family in danger, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 427
Grigris (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chad, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A 25 year old young man with dreams of becoming a dancer despite the fact that he's paralyzed from the waist down. His dreams are shattered when his uncle falls seriously ill. To save him, he decides to go work for petrol traffickers.
Style: sincere, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic
Plot: prostitute, haunted by the past, society, paralysis, unfulfillment, family relations, life is a bitch, unlikely criminals, disability, pregnancy, unknown father, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 163
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chilean family deals with the new values in a quickly changing world.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: hopes, family in crisis, village life, parents and children, family relations, village, social relations, social differences, introspection, society, human spirit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.8
 157
Last Winter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Switzerland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young farmer in Central France tries to sustain his spiritual connection to the land amid the crushing pressures of modern agriculture in this brooding drama.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: farm, workplace, village, down on your luck, life is a bitch, workplace situations, nothing goes right, village life, social relations, society, countryside, estrangement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Bird (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Style: realistic, touching, gloomy, serious
Plot: estrangement, beach, restaurant, kiss, cigarette smoking, food, bird
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Lady in Paris (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Estonia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris as a caretaker for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is the attention of Stéphane, her younger former lover. ...
Style: serious, witty, realistic, touching
Plot: elderly, win over, nagging and grouching, immigrants, unfulfillment, obnoxious boss, solitude, unfulfilled love, golden years, love and romance, introspection, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: estonia, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 585
The Kite (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young 15 year old girl, Lamia, lives in a southern Lebanese village on the border with Israel. She is given in marriage to her cousin on the other side of the border. As Lamia crosses the barbed wire she also passes from childhood into adulthood, ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: military, wiretap, fall in love, political unrest, couples, teenage life, family tradition, coming of age, village, culture clash, youth, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 251
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, family relations, immigrants, friends, opposites attract, culture clash, single parent, youth, family life, love and romance, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.0
 148
Nelly (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The four days following the death of a small town doctor, seen through the eyes of Nelly, his wife, a nurse.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: village, village life, love and romance, sexual relations, social relations, couples, death
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 270
Freedom (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Lithuania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A few fugitives... And a very, very long way to freedom.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy
Plot: desert, misfit, human nature, danger, culture clash, disorder, communication problem, escapades, on the road, survival, fish out of water, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 275
Fratricide (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Germany, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two young Kurdish refugees, recently arrived in Germany struggle to make their way through the harshness of the occidental city. Their encounter with a gang of Turks will rapidly led them into an inevitable tragical spiral filled with death and ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Plot: racism, politics, interracial relations, culture clash, village, orphan, mental institution, friendship, society, gory, urban ghetto life, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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