Movies like Karnak Cafe

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Karnak Cafe (1975)
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Karnak Cafe (1975)
Original name: الكرنك
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In one of their best roles ever, distinguished actors Nour Al Sherif and Souad Hosni star in this film depicting the unstable social and political life in Egypt during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film revolved around a group of university students whose lives are turned upside down because of their talks about the political instability in Egypt at the time.
Style: political
Plot: politics, prison, police, youth, torture, communism, police brutality, interrogation, accusation
Place: egypt

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and political films with plots about politics, prison, torture, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), communism and murder mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Karnak Cafe: Happy Day (1976), The Yacoubian Building (2006), The Second Wife (1967), Hands Up! (1981), Requiem for Dominic (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Happy Day (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A concentration camp on a barren island is hell for the exiled prisoners. The everyday life of the people who live there consists of interrogations, psychological and physical violence, arbitrary punishments and other torments. One of the prisoners ...
Style: allegory, absurd
Plot: politics, island, torture, prison, death, brainwashing, fascism, morality, military, assassination, presumed dead, violence ...
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95%
The Yacoubian Building (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, France
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, gender, politics, couple relations, political corruption, midlife crisis, religions or cults, terrorism, infidelity, dishonesty, journalism, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary
Place: egypt, cairo egypt, africa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
The Second Wife (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A story in the Egyptian countryside about an unjust mayor who controls everything in the village with his power.
Plot: countryside, polygamy, injustice, pregnancy, escape attempt, jealousy, women fight, divorce, ignorance, police, dead husband, lust ...
Place: egypt
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78%
 6.6
 304
Hands Up! (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Beginning with a sci-fi prologue before finding itself with several doctors attending a medical school reunion in a sealed-up railway carriage. Between drinks, the disenchanted medicos ruminate over the effect that communism (particularly the ...
Style: political
Plot: communism, medical profession, plaster cast, politics, post apocalypse, cinema
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Requiem for Dominic (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Germany, Romania
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Requiem for Dominic powerfully portrayed the upheaval in that liminal space between revolution and order. This drama is captured partly on film, partly on video adding to the gritty reality of the time, place and events as they were unfolding in ...
Plot: politics, totalitarian state, revolution, dictatorship, demonstration, exile, communism
Place: romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Life Is Beautiful (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A politically neutral man is arrested and tortured in prerevolutionary Lisbon, and forced to make, and act on, a political commitment. …
Style: political
Plot: murder, police, killer, politics, crime, crimes
Place: italy, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Alexandria... Why? (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, Algeria
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set against the panoramic backdrop of war-torn Egypt, director Youssef Chahine tells a highly personal tale of love and determination. Amid the poverty, death and suffering caused by World War II, 18 year-old Yehia, retreats into a private world of ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: world war two, friendship, youth, black market, couples, orchestral, bittersweet, anti war, love affair, political unrest, social differences, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, mediterranean sea, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Home Coming (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece
Duration: 101 min.
Story: September 1980. Mustafa 'Mehmet Ali Alabora' and his wife, who're both laborers are married for 5 years. The couple has nothing to do with politics and spend their days happily with their 3 year old daughter and their TV, despite the ...
Plot: mistaken identity, politics, post traumatic stress disorder, torture, prison, physical torture, male nudity, wrongful arrest, wrongful imprisonment, homecoming, military coup, political unrest
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Adrift on the Nile (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the 1967 Six-Day War, the movie adaptation of Naguib Mahfouz's novel follows the escapist, drug-fuelled riverboat meetings of a group of frustrated Egyptians from various walks of life.
Plot: politics, girlfriend, brothel, actor, bus, mother daughter relationship, poverty, notebook, destruction, riverboat, song and dance, cocktail party ...
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63%
1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is ...
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: democracy, protest, historical event, cover up, interrogation, torture, political corruption, police brutality, police investigation, disorder, brutality, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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One Man's War (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Mexico
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Anthony Hopkins plays an English medical doctor living with his family in Paraguay and treating the poor people from the surroundings, who has his life turned upside down when his son was mysteriously murdered in what could have been an attack to ...
Style: political drama
Plot: politics, fighting the system, revenge, murder, corruption, justice, obsession, politician, operation condor, oppression, political unrest, social injustice ...
Place: paraguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Wife of an Important Man (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of an Egyptian police officer, during the regime of President Anwar El Sadat.
Plot: terror, university, neighbor, politics, journalist, domestic violence, suicide, gambling, miscarriage, husband wife relationship, schoolgirl, cinema ...
Time: year 1977, year 1975
Place: egypt, cairo egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Rokonok (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Soon, the young idealist discovers just how far-reaching the corruption is in his town and how easy it is to become corrupt yourself.
Plot: election, politics, pig, suicide attempt, corruption, gun, train, family relations, voting
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bless You, Prison (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on Nicole Valery-Grossu's European best seller autobiographic novel "Bless you, prison", the film is a true story, with real events and characters. A young intellectual woman, Nicole is arrested. There follow three months of ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: prison, confined, rebellion, human spirit, prison life, survival, rebelliousness, captivity, politics, society, religions or cults, stalinism ...
Time: 50s
Place: europe, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
After Midnight (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Political drama shows the denunciation and persecution of the 19-year-old Sanne in the Nazi state. After she falls in love with her cousin, Sanne is betrayed by her jealous aunt to the Gestapo.
Style: political
Plot: love, jealousy, mother, aunt, betrayal, pursuit, gestapo, cousin, accusation, politics, female nudity, nazis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Invisible Wall (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: June 27, 1980, an Italian DC 9 flying from Bologna to Palermo falls in the sea close to the Ustica island. 81 people die. The official version is "structure failure" of the airplane, but a number of clues lead the journalist Rocco Ferrante ...
Plot: politics, military, conspiracy theory, scandal, italian history, terrorism, sicilian, air disaster, years of lead
Time: 80s
Place: italy, mediterranean sea, palermo italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, touching, talky ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, prison, politics, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, dishonesty, buddies, confined, prison life, gay slur ...
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Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Communists (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Jean-Marie Straub pushes this musicality of blocks to a paroxysmal extreme, mixing blocks of time (40 years separate the various extracts that are going to be used, and what is to be filmed), blocks of text (Malraux, Fortini, Vittorini, Hölderlin) ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, serious, realistic, experimental
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The House Between the Fields (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Fresh out of university, agricultural engineer Voica Teodorescu returns to her native village where she joins a local team of engineers in the planning of a dam and an irrigation mega project.Although Voica is engaged to be married to Ilarie she ...
Style: romanticism
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Time: 80s
Place: romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Strip Search (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Strip Search follows several parallel stories examining personal freedoms vs. national security in the aftermath of 9/11; two main subplots involve an American woman detained in China and an Arab man detained in New York City.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: terrorism, investigation, manipulation, captivity, life is a bitch, government agency, confined, manipulations, prison, interrogation, politics, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Almost Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer. In the 1970s, they meet in prison: Miguel was there for political reasons, and Jorge, as a common criminal.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: friendship, prison, social differences, crimes, politics, youth, life is a bitch, gang, drug dealing, society, rich and poor, social decay ...
Time: 70s, 50s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Baptism of Blood (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In São Paulo, in the late 1960s, the convent of the Dominican friars became a trench of resistance to the military dictatorship that governs Brazil. Moved by Christian ideals, frets Betto, Oswaldo, Fernando, Ivo and Tito came to support the ...
Plot: branding, liberation, male nudity, torture, prison, interrogation, pubic hair, male objectification, electric torture, liberation theology, nudity (full frontal - brief), clothed male naked male
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1940's South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing a a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. ...
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: politics, false accusation, interracial relations, racism, prison, aunt, convenience store, redemption, death row, animal life, power relations, urban ghetto ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Prologue (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Robin Spry, Prologue was the first Canadian film to screen at the Venice Film Festival. Set and filmed during the sixties, this fiction feature tells the story of a young Montrealer who edits an underground newspaper ...
Style: cinema verite, political
Plot: politics, discussion, college, philosophy, friendship, girlfriend, underground, commune, roommate, frustration, deserter, dropout ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film focuses on the little-known love affair of the terrorist Fanny Kaplan with the brother of Vladimir Lenin, Dmitriy Ilyich Ulyanov, and questions whether she really tried to assassinate Lenin in 1918.
Plot: lenin, revolution, prison, politics, communism, family history
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.1
 4K
The Wall (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Produced, written and directed by Yılmaz Güney within his own personal experiences of capital offense, he dedicates Duvar to male teenagers aged 13 to 19 living behind the bars under diabolical treatments. These teenagers get barbaric corporal ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, kurd, juvenile delinquency, prison life, prison, rebellion, youth, confined, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, escape ...
Time: 80s
Place: turkey, france, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Monday's Child (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A married couple uproot their entire family and move to Puerto Rico where the familial tree promptly dies in the face of relentless poverty and depression in this down-beat drama, the directorial debut of Argentine filmmaker Torre-Nilsson.
Style: political
Plot: bigotry, politics, insanity, third world, tragedy, evil child, ugly american, natural disaster, prostitution, war
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Garage Olimpo (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Argentina, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A beautiful Argentine activist receives preferential treatment from a man supposed to torture her.
Style: disturbing, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, military dictatorship, torture, state affairs, danger, crimes, survival, blindfolded, disappearance, shot in the head, topless ...
Time: 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Truth Commissioner (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in a post-Troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield, played by Roger Allam, a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. Eager to make good as a ...
Plot: politics, ira, intolerance, war crime, ethnic conflict
Place: northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A female talk show host in Cairo, Egypt, stirs up a political controversy when she focuses her on-air discussions on the topic of women's issues.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, tense, touching ...
Plot: politics, journalism, tv show, injustice, introspection, hopes, media, couple relations, rebelliousness, idealism, dentist, political corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, middle east, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%