Movies like Sounds of Sand

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Sounds of Sand (2006)
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Sounds of Sand (2006)
Original name: Si le vent soulève les sables
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 villagers leave and head south. Rahne, the only literate one, decides to head east with his three children and Mouna, his wife. A few sheep, some goats and Chamelle, a dromedary, are their only riches. A tale of exodus, quest, hope and fatality. Rahne and his family travel across hostile lands under a lethal sun, walking endlessly onwards and frequently crossing paths with death. But "Sounds of sand" is also a parable about determination and eternity that takes us in the footsteps of Shasha, a nomad child full of the joys of life, whose tenacity and strength will conquer her father's love.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, captivating, bleak, realistic
Plot: survival, on the road, life is a bitch, family in danger, militant, parents and children, starvation, survivor, village, desert, escapades, social relations, water, village life, danger, renegades, teacher, soldier, hunger, emigrant, parent child relationship, refugee, misery, migration, wilderness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa

Most similar movies to Sounds of Sand

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, atmospheric and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, family relations, danger, social relations, survival and parents and children mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Sounds of Sand: Back to 1942 (2012), Atlantic. (2014), Desert Dream (2007), Freedom (2000), A Screaming Man (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Back to 1942 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated ...
Style: captivating, rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: drought, world war two, survival, chaos, danger, life is a bitch, against humanity, on the road, family in danger, wartime life, escapades, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
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95%
 6.4
 486
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, starting over, family life, hopes, escapades, danger, ocean or sea, social relations, family relations, immigrants, society, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.5
 187
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: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, parents and children, single parent, friendship, isolation, village life, village, border, desert, misfit, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mongolia, china, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.0
 293
Freedom (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Lithuania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A few fugitives... And a very, very long way to freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: desert, communication problem, disorder, danger, fish out of water, survival, escapades, culture clash, hunger, boat chase, human nature, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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A Screaming Man (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Chad
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Present-day Chad. Adam, sixty something, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative, psychological ...
Plot: hotel, political unrest, life is a bitch, military, ex athlete, parents and children, anti war, moral dilemma, dishonesty, soldier, introspection, fired from the job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Just the Wind (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Drawing inspiration from the death-squad murders of several Gypsy families in Hungary in 2008, director Bence Fliegauf's chilling and unforgettable real-life horror story follows a family whose dreams of emigration and escape are suddenly, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: racism, family in danger, social decay, realism, danger, life is a bitch, family life, social misfits, murder, society, village, secret place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.9
 13
G.H.B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A reflection on love and pleasure experienced by three women, set in France, New York, and Shanghai.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsessive quest, friendship, on the run, haunted by the past, looking for love, on the road, life is a bitch, friends, strong female presence, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, hidden identity, danger, injustice, political unrest, family relations, feminism, human nature, war, dishonesty, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.7
 160
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: serious, realistic, touching, captivating
Plot: survival, on the road, fall in love, hopes, danger, starting over, rescue, love and romance, desert, immigrants, follow your dream, chance meeting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.1
 204
The Wild Ones (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Five juvenile delinquents break out of jail and attempt to make their way to a house in the Mendoza foothills of Argentina.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
Plot: survival, getting home, youth, society, hopes, juvenile delinquency, escapades, social decay, human nature, wilderness, disintegration, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, life is a bitch, danger, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 194
Dust (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A South African spinster (Jane Birkin) murders her father (Trevor Howard) after he rapes the wife of the black foreman for his plantation.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, graphic violence, strong female presence, boss and employee, interracial relations, sexual abuse, obsession, parents and children, society, workplace, family relations, farm ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.9
 160
Last Winter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg
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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy
Plot: countryside, farm, society, workplace, nothing goes right, estrangement, workplace situations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social relations, village life, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.9
 3K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: survival, world war two, radiation sickness, atomic bomb, nuclear war, radiation, social relations, danger, war, life is a bitch, village, couples ...
Place: asia, japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A woman struggles with love and personal loss against the backdrop of a land torn by civil war in this drama from filmmaker Ozcan Alper. Sumru (Gaye Gursel) is a Turkish woman who studies ethnic music at a college in Istanbul and frequently makes ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, unfulfillment, on the road, tragic love, life is a bitch, ethnic conflict, self discovery, journey, thesis, society, strong female presence, world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, kurdistan, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Almayer's Folly (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, obsession, tragic hero, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, family relations, racism, hopes, ambition, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Melon Route (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The journey of a Chinese woman and her fellow countrymen as they travel in search of a better place to live, only to end up struggling for survival in the Balkans.
Style: emotional, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: survival, life is a bitch, political unrest, immigrants, danger, escapades, refugee, illegal immigration, rescue from drowning, illegal immigrant, post war, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, bosnia, former yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Forgiveness of Blood (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Albania, Denmark, Italy, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After his father and uncle kill a neighbor, an Albanian teen (Tristan Halilaj) finds that his own life may be forfeited in a legal blood feud.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, rough, tense
Plot: isolation, family in danger, family feud, social relations, disagreement, teenage life, family relations, siblings relations, village, vendetta, solitude, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: albania
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Earth and Ashes (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Elderly Dastaguir and his newly deaf 5-year-old grandson Yassin hitchhike and walk, but mostly walk, as they make their way to the coal mine where Dastaguir's son Murad works. Dastaguir must tell Murad that the rest of their family were all ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, bleak, serious, touching ...
Plot: deafness, wartime life, life is a bitch, on the road, elderly, war, obsessive quest, parent child relationship, civil war, desperation, desert, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 641
The Towrope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, France, Mexico
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this poetic, richly allegorical debut by Colombian director William Vega, a teenage girl flees to a rundown inn after being driven from her home in the Andean highlands by civil war, as the violence engulfing the country creeps ever closer to her ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, starting over, life is a bitch, society, wartime life, village, against humanity, cousin cousin relationship, refugee, uncle niece relationship, mountain, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.9
 208
First Winter (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: survival, isolation, human nature, wilderness, social relations, confined, party, innocence lost, female nudity, male nudity, lesbian sex, bathtub ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 3K
Sivas (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Establishing a bleak village in Eastern Turkey as its setting, Sivas features the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, animal life, parents and children, life is a bitch, danger, adventure, society, friends, youth, family relations, pets, dog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.9
 166
Boxing Day (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A struggling, indebted business man leaves his family immediately after Christmas to pursue a lucrative property deal that could solve all of his problems: buying foreclosed properties from banks at a fraction of their value, refi tting them for a ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: on the road, human nature, moral dilemma, danger, forces of nature, boss and employee, power relations, survival, road trip, chauffeur, mountain, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: sentimental, atmospheric, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: countryside, social relations, clergy, homecoming, village, village life, island, wedding, father daughter relationship, sea, adult virgin, convent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.8
 6K
Autumn (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: prostitute, love affair, homecoming, starting over, family relations, society, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, reconciliation, fighting illness, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, black sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.1
 113
Ladygrey (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Estelle fights to maintain her sense of self while sleeping with Angus for money.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, bleak
Plot: haunted by the past, uncover truth, society, life is a bitch, under the surface, interracial relations, community, social relations, sheep, pubic hair, prayer, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 174
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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: social differences, family problems, family relations, society, hopes, parents and children, introspection, human spirit, family life, village, family in crisis, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Karamazov Brothers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dostoevsky’s latter-day opus about the siblings and their father is among the masterpieces of world literature. It asks profound questions about ethics and religion. Is there a God? Does the devil exist? Is everything allowed because we live in a ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, lifestyle, hopes, artists and showbiz, dealing with death, family relations, siblings relations, redemption, human nature, society, performer's life, actor's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, poland, prague, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 326
About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, parents and children, society, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, single parent, drugs/alcohol, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 370
Melancholia (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 450 min.
Story: A story about victims of summary executions. Three people start a strange therapy to escape their agonies.
Style: bleak, stylized, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, friends, danger, life is a bitch, wilderness, survival, haunted by the past, sex show, pimp, therapy, prostitute, political unrest ...
Time: future
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%