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Bitter Sugar (1996)
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Bitter Sugar (1996)
Original name: Azúcar amarga
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: 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: politics, revolution, death, communist, interrogation, flashback, sex, assassin, hotel, bar, prostitute, forbidden love, violence, love affair, political unrest, social decay, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, state affairs, supportive spouse, transsexual, idealism, rebelliousness, family in crisis ...
Place: cuba, latin america, europe, florida, miami, usa, prague ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and talky films with plots about love and romance, death, sex, drinking, storytelling, culture clash and runaway mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like Bitter Sugar: The Lost City (2005), Before Night Falls (2000), Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Ruby in Paradise (1993), Chinese Box (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lost City (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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: stylized, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: politics, revolution, fidel castro, nightclub, jazz, parents and children, latin, siblings relations, idealism, political unrest, state affairs, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, artist, aids, gay, exile, oppression, revolution, fidel castro, cuban revolution, writer's life, homosexuality, poet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, caribbean, havana cuba
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Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Cuba, Mexico, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Havana, Cuba, 1979. Flamboyantly gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David, an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to become friends with Diego so he can monitor the ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: communism, gay, friendship, homosexuality, politics, gays and lesbians, artist, human nature, student, lgbt, male friendship, love affair ...
Time: 90s, year 1979
Place: cuba, havana cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Reeling from her mother's recent death, Ruby Lee Gissing relocates to Florida to start anew. After finding a job at a souvenir store, Ruby becomes friends with the shop's owner, Mildred Chambers, and slowly acclimates to her new ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, self discovery, coming of age, journal, human nature, romance, urban, hopes, love and romance, society, couples, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, tennessee, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Chinese Box (1997)
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Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
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Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, clever, serious ...
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Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1968
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Havana (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
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Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: gambler, revolution, politics, love triangle, gambling, cons and scams, political unrest, romance, cuban revolution, fall in love, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959, year 1958
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Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: quarantine, prostitution, corruption, money, prostitute, nightmare, doctor, escape, murder, immigrants, polish, confession ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: new york, poland, usa, manhattan new york city, latin america ...
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
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Time: 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city, malibu california ...
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36%
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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, serious, emotional, sentimental, sincere ...
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Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s, 1920s
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Dogtown (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, homecoming, small town, redemption, dysfunctional family, actor's life, unfulfilled love, romance, hollywood, small town life, love and romance, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: cuba, missouri, latin america, usa
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: talky, clever, serious, realistic, sincere ...
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Place: cuba, london, england, europe, latin america ...
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 7.1
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Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
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Broken English (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
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The Center of the World (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: sexual, erotic, psychological, realistic, serious ...
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29%
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Jungle Fever (1991)
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Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
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Style: sexy, serious, sexual, realistic, emotional ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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29%
Steal This Movie (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: clever, touching, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
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