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Bitter Sugar (1996)
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Bitter Sugar (1996)
Original name: Azúcar amarga
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Cuba, Dominican Republic, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A patriot (René Lavan) with a rebellious brother falls in love with a dissident's daughter (Mayte Vilán) in Castro's Cuba.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, harsh, reflective, melancholic, bleak, disturbing, enigmatic, factual ...
Plot: revolution, politics, hotel, prostitute, bar, assassin, death, communist, interrogation, distopia, forbidden love, transsexual, life is a bitch, love and romance, rebellion, hopes, radio show, love affair, society, political unrest, rebelliousness, idealism, social decay, state affairs, supportive spouse ...
Place: cuba, miami, latin america, usa, europe, czech republic, prague ...

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The Lost City (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950's, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent nightclub owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the Marxist government of Fidel Castro. Castro's regime ...
Style: touching, captivating, stylized, sincere, serious ...
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Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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Regular Lovers (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 183 min.
Story: 1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail at the police. He smokes opium and talks about ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968, year 1969
Place: france, europe, paris france, morocco
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Havana (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American professional gambler named Jack Weil (Redford) decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran (Olin), the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo (Julia). Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away ...
Style: realistic, emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: politics, gambling, revolution, gambler, cons and scams, political unrest, rebelliousness, romance, society, cuban revolution, love triangle, diamond ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1958, year 1959
Place: cuba, latin america, australia, caribbean, havana cuba
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In My Country (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: thought provoking, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic
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Chinese Box (1997)
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Duration: 99 min.
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Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, urban, terminal illness, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, profanity, bittersweet, city life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Country: France, Belgium, Italy
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Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: working class, hopes, politics, family relations, labor union, injustice, rich and poor, unemployment, fighting the system, strong female presence, righting the wronged, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, europe, flanders, tokyo
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The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, family saga ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
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Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s, year 1974 ...
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Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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One Night (2012)
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Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious, stylized, suspense
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, havana cuba, caribbean, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, tense, sentimental ...
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Country: Sweden, USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, psychological, touching, gloomy ...
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Country: France, Sweden
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Che Guevara (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: realistic, disturbing, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
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Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1959 ...
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31%
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Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, contemplative
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 652
Broken English (1996)
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Country: New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Duration: 118 min.
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29%
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Jungle Fever (1991)
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Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
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The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
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Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: witty, melancholic, entertaining, sexy, touching ...
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29%
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The Promise (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
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