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The Cyclist (1989)
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The Cyclist (1989)
Original name: بایسیکل ران
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim's strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won't finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion?
Style: psychological, sincere, gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: immigrants, gambling, refugee, black market, cycling, politics, hospital, contests and competitions, religions or cults, injustice, destiny, life is a bitch, ambition, human spirit, obsessive quest, mentally challenged, refugees, unemployment, society, filmmaking, dishonesty, coming of age, downfall, cons and scams, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, afghanistan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and gloomy films with plots about society, life is a bitch, family relations, injustice, down on your luck, immigrants and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Cyclist: At Five in the Afternoon (2003), Goodbye (2011), Yasmin (2004), Tales (2014), Mad Ship (2013). 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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95%
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Goodbye (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Without her husband and without her lawyer’s licence, which has been withdrawn, Noora is left pregnant and alone in her apartment. Her attempt to leave Iran turns into a fight with male chauvinism. A personal, nerve-wracking and infuriating film ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: rebelliousness, political unrest, danger, injustice, society, immigrants, rebellion, woman in danger, life is a bitch, misfit, strong female presence, lawyer
Place: iran, middle east
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89%
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Yasmin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In England, the Pakistanis Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslin clothes, cooks for her father and brother and has the traditional behavior of a Muslin woman. Further, she has a non-consumed marriage with ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, social differences, false accusation, culture clash, parents and children, terrorism, injustice, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: pakistan, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.0
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Tales (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: society, love, multiple storylines, everyday life, family relations, couples, friendship, down on your luck, social misfits, life is a bitch, female director, vignette ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
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76%
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Mad Ship (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Scandinavian immigrant, driven to madness by ruined dreams and the tragic death of his wife, embarks on a quixotic mission to build a homemade ship and sail out of the prairie dust bowl at the height of the Great Depression.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, life is a bitch, society, couple relations, working class, unemployment, unfulfillment, prairie, down on your luck, ship
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 20s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, danger, hopes, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2002, year 2001
Place: iran, pakistan, afghanistan, turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Two-Legged Horse (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Afghanistan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A wealthy boy hires a poor child to carry him around like a horse.
Style: serious, psychological, disturbing, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: dehumanization, parents and children, youth, street kid, life is a bitch, realism, cruelty, poverty, power relations, family relations, master and servant, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, asia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Apple (1998)
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, emotional ...
Plot: confined, social worker, family relations, isolation, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, human nature, father daughter relationship, blindness, twins, feral child ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Boutique (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A clothing store worker (Jahan) meets a poor girl named Eti. Jahan tries to help the girl and solve her problems, but…
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: lifestyle, friendship, bittersweet, love and romance, downfall, couples, designer, life is a bitch, store, youth, friends, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Willow Tree (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: blindness, hospital, introspection, couple relations, life is a bitch, disability, injustice, surgery, self discovery, second chance, temptation, recovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, france, middle east, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Looks and Smiles (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, biting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, down on your luck, friendship, social decay, youth, family relations, power relations, friends, injustice ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
It's a Free World... (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film focuses on Angie (Kierston Wareing), a working class woman who, after being fired by the agency that she works for, decides to set up a recruitment agency of her own, running it from her kitchen with her friend Rose (Juliet Ellis). Taking ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: exploitation, realism, immigrants, fighting the system, employment agency, workplace, life is a bitch, injustice, social differences, workplace situations, cons and scams, working class ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Letter to the King (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In Letter to the King we meet a group of refugees, all with their own agendas, on an excursion to Oslo. A young man about to be deported visits his former employers to collect his off-the-books salary, a martial arts expert is looking for work, a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: refugee, love, revenge, life is a bitch, dishonesty, social misfits, hopes, misfit, society, redemption, human nature, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Rocklin Colorado, 1925. A hard cold winter. Young Arturo Bandini loves his father Svevo, his mother Maria and his brothers. Even though his bricklayer father wastes the little money he has in the Imperial Poolhall and his time with the rich American ...
Style: rough, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, society, sport, ambition, romance, family life, down on your luck, family in crisis ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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20 Fingers (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A film in several episodes with Bijan Daneshmand and Mania Akbari, exposing some of the issues of men and women within the confines of tradition and family life in Iran. Each episode displays a different form of male/female interaction. The placing ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, feminist film, contemplative ...
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51%
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Macondo (2014)
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Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy
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Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 796
Iron Island (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: ship, forbidden love, injustice, power relations, human nature, human spirit, young lovers, hopes, misfit, oil tanker, rebellion, love and romance ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, crimes, society, dishonesty, deception, thief, swindle, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Under the Skin of the City (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly; a teenage son, who's been getting into ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: politics, factory worker, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, introspection, drug dealing, human nature, couples, working class, family life, factory, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A Minor Leap Down (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Nahal is around thirty and in her fourth month of pregnancy. During a routine check-up she learns that her baby has died and she now faces a curettage abortion in two days’ time. When she tries to address the subject, neither her mother nor her ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, life is a bitch, estrangement, family relations, society, rebelliousness, strong female presence, miscarriage, pregnancy, unfulfillment, depression, child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 790
Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, rehabilitation, drug abuse, addiction, parents and children, family relations, lovers apart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 394
Home Again (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Returning to a "home" they hardly know after being deported from their adopted countries for minor criminal offenses, three people from very different backgrounds try to make a new life for themselves, in Jamaica in this gutsy drama from ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: deportation, homecoming, culture clash, immigrants, society, hopes, life is a bitch, injustice, starting over, rivalry, social misfits, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jamaica, england, usa, united states, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Rocket (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Thailand, Laos
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set against the lush backdrop of rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. After his village is displaced to make way for a massive dam, Ahlo escapes with his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: down on your luck, parents and children, contests and competitions, friendship, society, human spirit, change of luck, post war, family relations, youth, destiny, ex military ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Hamoun (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life. In a series of flashbacks and dreams, Hamoon tries to figure out what he did wrong.
Style: contemplative, suspense, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, persian, domestic violence, couples, conservative, dull life, couple relations, working class, introspection, starting over, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: iran, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 60
Sex My Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Tells the story of seven Iranian transgender individuals living in Tehran who live pieces of their own lives on the screen.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: transsexual, discrimination, hidden identity, social misfits, society, dishonesty, family relations, disorder, transvestism, religions or cults, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Journey of Hope (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Turkey, UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave ...
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: immigrants, family life, human nature, adventure, hopes, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, escapades, society, survival, culture clash, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: turkey, switzerland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Death surrounds Bahman, a director who hasn't made a film in 24 years (he can't get past the censors). He's working on a documentary, for Japanese TV, on Iranian burial practices. On the anniversary of his wife's death, a ...
Style: psychological, rough, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, tradition, sudden death, performer's life, unfulfillment, dealing with death, anniversary, filmmaking, death in the family, curses spells and rituals, film within a film ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 126
Dog Sweat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Intertwines the lives of six young Iranians as they struggle to satisfy their private desires in the face of conservative Islamic society.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, underground film
Plot: forbidden love, society, young lovers, love and romance, youth, injustice, bittersweet, muslim, infidelity, repression, hijab, islam ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Humble and introvert Muharrem lives in a solitary and meager existence of a prayer and sexual abstinence adhering strictly to the most severe Islamic doctrines.His extraordinary devotion attracts the attention of the leader of a rich and powerful ...
Style: realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Plot: society, muslim, conservative, islam, family relations, religions or cults, politics, fall in love, solitary, new job, faith, koran ...
Time: contemporary
Place: istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6K
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 ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%