Movies like El mar

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El mar (2000)
El mar (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Childhood friends reunite later in life in Spanish tuberculosis sanitorium. Pressures of death all around combine with dark secrets of their past.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, erotic, thought provoking, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: childhood friend, tuberculosis, friendship, forbidden love, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, terminal illness, political unrest, gay erotica, gay rape, gay, nun, island, love and romance, gender, gays and lesbians, unfulfilled love, gay sex, love, teenager, dog, sea, village, rape ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, mallorca

Most similar movies to El mar

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and bleak films with plots about death, society, cigarette smoking, drinking alcohol, life is a bitch, singing and father son relationship mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like El mar: The Great Water (2004), Butterfly (1999), Salon Kitty (1976), If They Tell You I Fell (1989), The Sleeping Voice (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Great Water (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ailing communist reflects on a young boy childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
Plot: orphan, friendship, prison, betrayal, idealism, haunted by the past, soldier, injustice, racism, anti semitism, homecoming, wartime life ...
Time: year 1945, post world war two, 1940s
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia, macedonia, ussr
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, fascism, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, madrid ...
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Salon Kitty (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Kitty runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to "relax". Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself. A girl ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, sexual, sexy, serious ...
Plot: fall in love, anti semitism, forbidden love, world war two, betrayal, prostitute, politics, against the rules, penetration, eroticism, conspiracy, vengeance ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, paris france, copenhagen, hamburg germany ...
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If They Tell You I Fell (1989)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" (the film's original title in Catalan, its original language). These tales mix war stories, local gossip, ...
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, tense, suspense ...
Plot: friendship, spanish civil war, kidnapping, politics, crimes, obsessive quest, couples, pregnancy, voyeurism, father son relationship, adolescence, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, 80s, 1940s
Place: barcelona, spain, europe
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The Sleeping Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pepita travels to Madrid to be near her sister Hortensia who is pregnant and in prison. Hortensia is sentenced to death. The execution will not be carried out until after the baby is delivered. Pepita tries everything to stay the execution, but when ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: wartime life, death sentence, life is a bitch, political unrest, fall in love, woman in danger, society, love and romance, rebellion, dishonesty, against humanity, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, realistic, serious, epic, clever ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, circus, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, against humanity, dishonesty, coming of age, grownups, wartime life, toys ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 1890s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, paris france, central europe ...
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, soldier, anti war, war, prisoner of war camp, samurai, captivity, society, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1942, year 1936 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
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The Mark of Cain (2007)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After a bomb kills their company commander in Iraq, British soldiers Treacle and Shane are ordered to round up suspects and use torture on the detainees. Back home, the press gets the story and the pair achieves instant infamy.
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: soldier, court martial, pow, military, racism, courtroom drama, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, political unrest, officers and cadets, courtroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
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Coup de grâce (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A countess loves her brother's Prussian-officer friend in the 1919 Baltic area.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, revolution, soldier, betrayal, evacuation, tragic love, tragic hero, destructive relationship, wartime life, political unrest, couple relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, post world war one
Place: latvia, europe, lithuania, prussia, budapest ...
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Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, rough, bleak ...
Plot: politics, lebanese, love and romance, state affairs, media, war, against humanity, life is a bitch, society, journalism, dishonesty, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: lebanon, middle east, cairo egypt, west berlin west germany, east berlin ...
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Long Live Death (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the end of the Spanish civil war, Fando, a boy of about ten, tries to make sense of war and his father's arrest. His mother is religious, sympathetic to the Fascists; his father is accused of being a Red. Fando discovers that his mother may ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, disturbing, surreal, serious
Plot: incestuous desire, surrealism, satire, spanish civil war, corporal punishment, fascism, blasphemy, nihilism, desert, dream, family relations, innocence lost ...
Time: 1930s
Place: spain, europe, sahara
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Ithaca (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense, realistic
Plot: brother brother relationship, family relations, promise, world war two, coming of age, friendship, jealousy, teenage boy, death of brother, fear, husband wife relationship, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: usa
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In Darkness (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Germany, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, uplifting, harsh, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish, atrocity, survival, german, underground, refugee, mistrust, thief, sewer, human spirit, rescue ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 2008, year 1945, 2000s
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
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War Witch (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Style: serious, disturbing, touching, bleak, realistic
Plot: civil war, child soldier, slavery, murder, battles, soldier, survival, wartime life, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, innocence lost, shaman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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Good (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, Hungary, Cayman Islands
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: politics, moral dilemma, state affairs, wartime life, political unrest, society, nazism, friendship, anti semitism, writers, nazi, euthanasia ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1938, year 1918 ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, paris france
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: child abuse, survival, dishonesty, oppression, injustice, life is a bitch, job seeking, totalitarianism, disorder, hidden identity, coming of age, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
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White Material (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Cameroon
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Maria is a White farmer who runs a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: family relations, civil war, chaos, state affairs, single parent, political unrest, family in danger, family business, father son relationship, military, colonialism, workplace ...
Place: africa
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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, depressing, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: anti war, hospital, world war one, haunted by the past, amputation, isolation, soldier, patient, freak, mute, war, disability ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: colorado, france, los angeles, europe, usa ...
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There Be Dragons (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Spain, USA, Argentina
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.While researching the life ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: soldier, priest, saint, spanish civil war, redemption, unfulfilled love, self discovery, haunted by the past, love, dying father, jealousy, journalist ...
Time: 70s, 1930s, year 1937, year 1936
Place: spain, europe
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Angry Harvest (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who's now a farmer of some wealth, discovers the woman, Rosa, and hides her in his cellar. ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, world war two, anti semitism, train, captivity, fashion, against humanity, society, on the run, confined, twins ...
Time: 1940s
Place: holland, poland, europe, vienna
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Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, nazi, world war two, jewish, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, boarding school life, priest, resistance, gestapo, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, vichy, jerusalem, paris france ...
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Talk of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is the story of a young Irish woman who comes to Spain to escape from the pressures she feels about her impending marriage to a political activist in Ireland. But in Spain in the 1930's, taking a job of governess in a wealthy family, she ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, forbidden love, politics, love triangle, social differences, fall in love, love affair, society, couples, family relations, extramarital affair, war ...
Time: 1930s, year 1936
Place: spain, ireland, europe, madrid
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The Deputy and the Congressman (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Madrid, Roberto Orbea is a member of the Spanish communist party. He is married to Carmen, and he has been elected as Deputy in the first democratic elections in Spain. But his enemies, the fascist, know his double life. Roberto likes boys, and they ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, sincere
Plot: politics, male prostitute, vandalism, militant, murder, love triangle, blackmail, hospital, hidden camera, one night stand, hustler, politician ...
Time: 70s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, venice
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: disturbing, psychological, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Plot: homosexual rape, male rape, child abuse, pedophilia, homosexual, man boy relationship, child molestation, gay rape, sexual abuse, male prostitution, gay, gay teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1991 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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The Aryan Couple (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, captivating, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, holocaust, genocide, anti semitism, moral dilemma, forbidden love, wartime life, survival, hidden identity, uncover truth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: hungary, switzerland, germany, europe
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Live Flesh (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, intense, emotional ...
Plot: lust, infidelity, paraplegic, bus, sexual relations, strong sexual content, obsession, love triangle, desire, haunted by the past, betrayal, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, barcelona ...
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Land and Freedom (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. In 1936 he decides to fight for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, an anti-fascist coalition of liberals, communists and ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: revolution, working class, fascism, civil war, politics, spanish civil war, communism, communist, fighting the system, idealism, war, political unrest ...
Time: 1930s, 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, barcelona, england, europe
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The Damned (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the early days of Nazi Germany, a powerful noble family must adjust to life under the new dictatorship regime. The transition from democracy to dictatorship is thus dramatized through the lives of the family which also owns a powerful German ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: mother son incest, oedipus complex, family relations, incest, decadence, third reich, gestapo, orgy, poison, murder, hide and seek, sexual abuse ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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Killer Kid (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old Laïd lives in war-torn Lebanon. Chosen and trained by an extremist organisation, he has been forced to enter the adult world far too early. He has been transformed into a fanatical and programmed machine, whose life could be summed ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: lebanese, immigrants, orphan, terrorism, friendship, friends, society, coming of age, youth, buddies, crimes, assassination attempt ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, lebanon, france, europe, middle east ...
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David (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although members of the Hitler Youth chant anti-Semitic paroles in front of his house during the Purim festival, Rabbi Singer is still profoundly convinced that Germany will stay a safe country for him, his family, and his fellow believers. But ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rabbi, family relations, survival, holocaust, anti semitism, escapades, war, against humanity, society, confined, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, black sea, vienna, guatemala ...
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