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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: atmospheric, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: desert, beach, immigrants, culture clash, isolation, village, village life, ocean or sea, social relations, golden years, orphan, prostitute, teenage life, hopes, society, solitude, station, music lesson, waiting, dune, slingshot, tire, emigration, sand, electrician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, europe, north africa

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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, family relations, immigrants and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Music and Crime genres. Some movies like Waiting for Happiness: Shun Li and the Poet (2011), Atlantic. (2014), Restless City (2011), Bamako (2006), Three-Step Dance (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, social misfits, village, misfit, friends, single parent, fish out of water, village life, workplace situations, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 457
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: starting over, on the road, human spirit, village, hopes, ocean or sea, unfulfillment, immigrants, village life, family life, danger, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 5.9
 197
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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: hustler, world, immigrants, society, aspiring musician, prostitute, music, urban, social misfits, fall in love, city life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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80%
 6.8
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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: serious, touching, biting, realistic
Plot: politics, globalization, legal investigation, bank, corporate crimes, colonialism, female singer, village, courtroom drama, bar, down on your luck, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: countryside, village life, omnibus, social relations, island, clergy, golden years, village, homecoming, convent, adult virgin, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.6
 178
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: captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, culture clash, isolation, village life, village, social relations, immigrants, single parent, parents and children, misfit, desert, riding a horse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mongolia, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, forest, gays and lesbians, countryside, couple relations, gender bending, transvestism, gender, couples, social misfits, moral dilemma, showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.6
 39
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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, hip hop, hopes, society, urban, music, youth, friends, immigrants, follow your dream, siblings relations, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: touching, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, village life, village, wartime life, life is a bitch, society, family relations, gays and lesbians, on the run, starting over, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, norway, turkey, istanbul turkey, oslo norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.6
 118
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, captivating
Plot: immigrants, society, against the rules, ocean or sea, human nature, danger, hopes, rebellion, corrupt officer, death by drowning, lost at sea, human trafficking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: algeria, africa, seaport, mediterranean sea, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, village, innocence lost, emigration, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, society, life is a bitch, starting over, human nature, addiction, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.2
 14K
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: religions or cults, society, civil war, cattle, religious fundamentalism, religious differences, life is a bitch, courtroom drama, family in crisis, political unrest, life turned upside down, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: africa, rio de janeiro, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.8
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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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, tense
Plot: island, tourist, society, family relations, immigrants, moral dilemma, village, ocean or sea, family in crisis, village life, working class, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: italy, sicily, southern italy, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: folk, on the road, musician's life, teachers and students, destiny, small town, social relations, young heroes, small town life, village life, artists and showbiz, elderly ...
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: immigrants, desert, on the road, survival, rescue, starting over, fall in love, danger, hopes, love and romance, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.2
 422
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: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: prostitute, disability, life is a bitch, society, unlikely criminals, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, family relations, paralysis, trafficking, village, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.2
 633
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, touching
Plot: aging, elderly, golden years, village, village life, dealing with death, haunted by the past, society, social relations, bread, time, gramophone ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: serious, captivating, realistic, offbeat
Plot: orphan, prostitute, drug dealing, village, on the run, starting over, haunted by the past, golden years, pregnancy, teenage life, village life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tunisia, Hungary, France, Germany, Iran, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching
Plot: desert, on the road, human spirit, self discovery, adventure, destiny, religions or cults, escapades, hopes, mysterious place, spirituality, poetry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, neorealism
Plot: village life, realism, village, social relations, isolation, society, crying, drunkenness, cigarette smoking, death, fire, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 392
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: realism, village, dealing with death, couple relations, village life, couples, social relations, labia, coconut, nude sunbathing, female full frontal nudity, male nudity
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.8
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy
Plot: farm, village life, life is a bitch, countryside, social relations, village, nothing goes right, down on your luck, workplace situations, estrangement, society, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.3
 454
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: bleak, serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: survival, on the road, family in danger, desert, escape, teacher, soldier, emigrant, refugee camp, migration, misery, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 161
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: serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: introspection, village, parents and children, village life, family life, hopes, family relations, social relations, human spirit, social differences, family in crisis, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
I Am Not a Hipster (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Things are not looking good for Brook, a young, talented singer/songwriter who has become the clichéd tortured artist. Slow to come to terms with the death of his mother, Brook is self-absorbed, aggressive, and the major obstruction to his own ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: musician's life, rock, parents and children, music, urban, estrangement, artists and showbiz, family relations, siblings relations, twentysomething life, family problems, coping
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
One Day of Betty (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Hungary
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Betty and her friend V have a major project: the open-air music festival, Sziget Festival held every summer on one of the Danube islands in Hungary. Instead of money the teenagers have a stash of grass waiting for a buyer. Food? Nothing wrong with ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: friendship, coming of age, youth, drugs/alcohol, best friends, music, friends, teenage life, teenage girl, friendship between girls, festival, adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: racism, politics, immigrants, gory, juvenile delinquency, crime, mental institution, culture clash, village, down on your luck, urban ghetto, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Troubled Water (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, his caring for the boy catches the attention of his old ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: drowning, loss of child, starting over, redemption, single, haunted by the past, clergy, fall in love, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, pianist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, norway, oslo norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 580
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: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, village, political unrest, teenage life, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, couples, politics, fall in love, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 892
33 Postcards (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: China, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dean Randall has sponsored a young Chinese orphan Mei Mei for many years, when she arrives in Sydney out of the blue to thank him, their lives are changed forever.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: orphan, follow your dream, redemption, hopes, odd couple, teenage life, youth, reach out, generosity, once in a lifetime opportunity, make believe, chinese ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, china, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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