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Simon & the Oaks (2011)
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Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Original name: Simon och ekarna
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from Germany. After WWII Simon travels to explore his roots - a journey that leads to the basic mysteries of the human life. After the bestselling novel by Marianne Fredriksson.
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, contemplative, touching, bleak, serious
Plot: coming of age, world war two, friendship, family relations, wartime life, youth, society, working class, culture clash, best friend, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch, social differences, social misfits, countryside, snobbism, boy, female director, rape, musician, female nudity, archaeologist, male nudity, adoption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s, post world war two
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe

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Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
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Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious
Plot: social misfits, society, family relations, parents and children, friendship, youth, lgbt, coming of age, androgyny, leaving home, misfit, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Cider with Rosie (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: village, coming of age, world war one, friendship, youth, society, village life, teenager, childhood, military police, countryside, deserter ...
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Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Israel
Duration: 108 min.
Story: the story of two adolescents, Moni and Zhozho, who meet 17-year-old Zheni in 1943 and with whom both fell in love. The events that follow unfold while Bulgaria has to decide on the deportation of 11 343 Jewish citizens in Macedonia and Thrace.
Style: suspenseful, touching, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Plot: on the run, wartime life, fall in love, teenage love, friendship, society, teenage life, youth, anti semitism, love and romance, world war two, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: bulgaria
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Let the Wind Blow (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A collegian in turbulent Mumbai attempts to improve his lifestyle.
Style: sincere, captivating, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: destiny, follow your dream, working class, rich and poor, political unrest, family relations, youth, state affairs, hopes, society, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, india
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Falkenberg Farewell (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It's the last summer in Falkenberg for five childhood friends. David yearns to be a child again and Holger never wants to move away. Jesper constantly returns home without anybody really noticing that he’s been gone. Jörgen finances his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, emotional, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, grownups, best friends, small town, youth, childhood friend, moving, society, saying goodbye, summer, small town life ...
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Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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House with a Turret (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 80 min.
Story: During the final winter of WWII, as displaced persons return to their former homes in the Soviet Union, an 8-year-old boy is left alone when his mother dies en route.
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Plot: orphan, on the road, society, life is a bitch, youth, human nature, wartime life, little boy, world war two, death of mother, down on your luck, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: ukraine
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Land Girls (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 225 min.
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Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wartime life, world war two, life is a bitch, military, family relations, strong female presence, soldier, friendship, rise and fall, love, siblings relations, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: england, europe
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In Bloom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious, sincere
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, serious, nostalgic ...
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Bones (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, tense, serious ...
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Vegas (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 110 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, Belgium, France
Duration: 102 min.
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Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, meditative ...
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Country: USA, UK, France
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Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Edi (2002)
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Duration: 97 min.
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Place: poland, europe
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
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Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative, gloomy ...
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 102 min.
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The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
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...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic
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Mother of Mine (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
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Duration: 111 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
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