Movies like The Pianist 1998

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The Pianist (1998)
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The Pianist (1998)
Original name: El pianista
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mario Gas directed this music-themed Spanish drama set in Barcelona of the mid-'80s. When famed composer Lluis Doria (Laurent Terzieff) visits a transvestite club, he learns his lifelong friend Albert Rossell (Serge Reggiani) is the house pianist. A flashback takes the tale four decades into the past where the younger Rossell (Pere Ponce) rejoins Teresa (Paulina Galvez) after having spent years in prison for helping anti-Franco anarchists. The story continues into Paris of the '30s, the period when Doria and Rossell first met, sharing a mutual interest in music and Teresa, before civil war sent them in different directions.
Style: gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: love triangle, confined, friends, life is a bitch, love and romance, artists and showbiz, haunted by the past, musician's life, lifestyle, reunion, state affairs, spanish civil war, friend, transvestite
Time: 1930s, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, barcelona, france, spain, europe, barcelona spain

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and emotional films with plots about love and romance, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, couples, unfulfillment, family relations and female nudity mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like The Pianist: Cousin Angelica (1974), The Letter (1999), Quiet Days in Clichy (1990), To Life (2014), One Day You'll Understand (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Cousin Angelica (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When the single middle-aged Luis travels from Barcelona to bury the remains of his mother in the vault of his family in Segovia, he is lodged by his aunt Pilar in her old house where he spent his summer of 1936 with her. He meets his cousin ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, controversial, contemplative ...
Plot: political unrest, family relations, bittersweet, wartime life, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, love and romance, youth, life is a bitch, coming of age, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 70s, 30s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: spain, europe, barcelona
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The Letter (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Spain
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A well-bred, lovely, spiritual, sad young woman marries an attentive physician who loves her. She feels affection but no love. Soon after, without design, she falls in love with Pedro Abrunhosa, a poet and performance artist. He also loves her. She ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: unfulfillment, love and romance, fall in love, love triangle, moral dilemma, unfulfilled love, couple relations, couples, letter, nun, concert, singer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france
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95%
Quiet Days in Clichy (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Expatriate Henry Miller indulges in a variety of sexual escapades while struggling to establish himself as a serious writer in Paris.
Style: sexual, stylized, atmospheric, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, immigrants, lifestyle, writer's life, womanizer, artists and showbiz, love and romance, sexual relations, love triangle, looking for sex, infidelity, eroticism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: paris france, europe, france
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To Life (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple pleasures in life: nice meals, ballads on the beach, playing in ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: friendship, reunion, starting over, haunted by the past, human spirit, hopes, auschwitz, friends, strong female presence, older woman younger man relationship, seaside, woman in a bikini ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 1960s, 60s
Place: france, europe
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One Day You'll Understand (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, family life, parents and children, holocaust, death in the family, love and romance, against humanity, society, war crime, old photograph, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, europe, france, germany, middle east
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Madame Rosa (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and her favorite, an Algerian lad whom she raises as a ...
Style: sincere, gloomy, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, destructive relationship, concentration camp, survival, wartime life, tragic love, redemption, adoption, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, aging ...
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Pater (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Vincent Lindon and Alain Cavalier drink together in bars while coming up with tall tales.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, experimental
Plot: friends, buddies, artists and showbiz, film within a film, filmmaking, necktie, breaking the fourth wall, french politics, retiring, legal, camera, bakery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, paris france
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65%
The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, youth, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, misfit, estrangement, kids in trouble, family problems, family relations, confined, single parent, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: belgium, europe
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The Carpenter's Pencil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A story of love and obsession during the Spanish Civil War
Style: captivating, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, hopes, political unrest, idealism, society, confined, spanish civil war, artist, doctor, romance, love story, love ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: spain, galicia
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60%
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The Hanged Man (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: emotional, serious, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: rape, blackmail, haunted by the past, young lovers, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, teenager, mystery, love, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Long Absence (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The Long Absence (French: Une aussi longue absence) is a 1961 French film directed by Henri Colpi. It tells the story of Therese (Alida Valli), a café owner mourning the mysterious disappearance of her husband sixteen years earlier. A tramp arrives ...
Style: sincere, emotional, gloomy, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: cafe, memory loss, human nature, haunted by the past, couple relations, physical appearance, hopes, romance, life is a bitch, couples, dancing, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
A Woman's Revenge (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Suzy, a beautiful woman, is coming back to Paris to attend the funeral of her lover, a married man. Cecile, his wife, is holding Suzy responsible for his suicide. By finding Suzy in Paris, Cecile is trying to seek the truth by playing a ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, love and romance, couples, uncover truth, love triangle, vengeance, female female relationship, menage a trois, death of husband, female protagonist, death of lover, lesbian subtext ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Eager Bodies (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Paul and Charlotte are in love. Charlotte discovers she has a grave malady and Paul supports her. But Paul is also attracted to Ninon, another girl. Charlotte accepts Paul to have an affair with her, and the three start a difficult and ambiguous ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: dishonesty, life is a bitch, betrayal, infidelity, love triangle, tragic hero, love and romance, terminal illness, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, lesbianism, sex scene, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Emotional Arithmetic (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An emotionally scarred fifty-something female, a high-profile but haunted British novelist, and a heroic dissident-cum-Soviet psychiatric hospital veteran, all reunite decades after bonding and surviving together in a detention camp during World War ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing, contemplative
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Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, USA, France, Italy, UK
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What War May Bring (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, strong female presence, haunted by the past, saving a life, concentration camp, world war one, d day, deportation, cabaret, nazi, saved from execution ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Hell (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy
Plot: lifestyle, materialism, introspection, fall in love, nightlife, youth, love and romance, shopping, slut, troubled youth, abortion, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Speak Like a Child (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Speak Like a Child, the feature film debut of documentary director John Akomfrah, explores the intense friendship that evolves between three troubled teenagers growing up in an isolated children's home on the Northumbrian coast. The desolate ...
Style: emotional, touching, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, coming of age, romance, haunted by the past, road not taken, pregnancy, couple relations, love triangle, reunion, friends, couples, orphan ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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46%
Sign of the Lion (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope.
Style: sincere, gloomy, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
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Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
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45%
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Cet amour-l? (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cet Amour-là is an intimate portrait of a legendary love affair. Set against the beauty of the Breton seaside, it is also a film that revels in the insights that Marguerite Duras' writing affords.
Style: emotional, psychological, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: soldier, lifestyle, love and romance, hopes, couples, family relations, fall in love, couple relations, wartime life, destiny, artists and showbiz, writer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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44%
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When the Night (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After meeting during their vacation, two young people with solitary lives suddenly come into a relationship that could benefit both of them.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, contemplative, gloomy
Plot: love and romance, family relations, fall in love, unfulfilled love, parents and children, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, mountain, mother son relationship, female director, snow
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
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Ismael (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An 8-year-old boy tracks down his father.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: family life, parents and children, introspection, haunted by the past, father and son, bittersweet, family relations, family drama, father
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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A Married Woman (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: atmospheric, gloomy, stylized, psychological, serious ...
Plot: romance, lifestyle, unfulfillment, love and romance, love triangle, couple relations, new wave, moral dilemma, introspection, love affair, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Time for Defiance (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After the Spanish Civil War breaks out, the Prado Museum is being evacuated. One of the guards finds a painting by the master, Goya, and takes it to prevent damage to the work of art. In the interim, he meets a young lady with whom he falls in love. ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy
Plot: fall in love, wartime life, romance, obsessive quest, love and romance, life is a bitch, spanish civil war, painter, painting, artist
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: madrid, spain, europe
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38%
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The Moon Child (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: David, a professor of dermatology, has been treating 13-year-old Romain since he was a baby. Afflicted with a rare skin condition, Romain must avoid sunlight and is condemned to live in the shade. David and Romain have become the closest of friends ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, life is a bitch, power relations, friends, child illness, doctors and patients, hospital, terminal illness, teenage boy, disease, doctor patient relationship, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Little Traitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world-renowned author, Amos Oz, the movie takes place in Palestine in 1947, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, child as main character, rebellion, military, friends, soldier, state affairs, british military, child protagonist, man boy relationship, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1977, year 1947
Place: israel, middle east, london, jerusalem
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37%
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1001 Grams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. Finally Marie is forced to come to terms with how much a ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, dull life, unfulfillment, frustration, scientist, estrangement, love, bittersweet, love affair, love and romance, female nudity, bathtub ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, norway, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Green Room (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James short story "The Altar of the Dead", in which a man becomes obsessed with the many dead people in his life and builds a memorial to honor them. This film is also based on other short story by Henry James, "The ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: death, tragic love, village, unfulfilled love, wartime life, fall in love, destructive relationship, obsession, village life, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: france
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36%
The Night and the Moment (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Night and the Moment is a 1995 erotic drama. A writer (Dafoe) is invited to the house of a noblewoman (Olin) who adores free-thinkers. He attempts to seduce her but she insists that he tell her of his past love exploits. While doing so, he takes ...
Style: talky, realistic, atmospheric, serious, sexy ...
Plot: confined, wooing, couples, romance, writer's life, love affair, lifestyle, love and romance, dishonesty, cons and scams, prison life, lovers reunited ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%