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Island Etude (2006)
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Island Etude (2006)
Original name: 練習曲
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: First-time actor Tung Ming-Hsiang plays Ming, a young college student whose lifelong hearing problem causes him to communicate via slurred speech. Carrying a guitar on his back and lacking few concrete reasons, he decides to bike around the island of Taiwan by himself months before his college graduation...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, touching, rough
Plot: riding a bicycle, cycling, friendship, love and romance, self discovery, starting over, misfit, ambition, obsessive quest, elderly lovers, mute or deaf, lifestyle, homecoming, lovers reunited, beach, village, college, youth, on the road, friends, disability, cooking and food, train, village life, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, canada, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and atmospheric films with plots about friendship, friends, self discovery, bittersweet, youth, love and romance and hopes mostly in Drama, Adventure and Romance genres. Some movies like Island Etude: Tomorrow Will Be Better (2010), Summer (2008), A Time in Quchi (2013), I Forgot to Tell You (2009), Hear Me (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Tomorrow Will Be Better (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three Russian street kids, who live on their wits in a train station, take off to the countryside hoping to make it across the border to a better life in Poland. They are alternately looking for tenderness and pushing it away because they sense that ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsessive quest, leaving home, self discovery, friendship, on the road, optimism, starting over, youth, young heroes, hopes, escapades, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe, russia
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Summer (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Shaun and Daz are vibrant kids, wasted by their experience of education. All they have is friendship and Shaun's first love Katy. From the moment Shaun steps into our world he is bound to lose. Labeled as a violent bully he destroys himself and ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: friendship, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, self discovery, haunted by the past, misfit, hopes, disability, friends, father son relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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A Time in Quchi (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Bao stays with his grandfather for the summer and is shocked to see there are no modern appliances.
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, serious
Plot: friendship, coming of age, parents and children, friends, family relations, family problems, youth, countryside, village, elderly, school, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
I Forgot to Tell You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie is a young woman with a troubled past. Her passion is painting, but she never had any formal training. Living in the South of France, she takes whatever work she can get to make ends meet. Then she befriends the elderly painter Jaume and he ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic
Plot: friendship, elderly, hopes, self discovery, starting over, mental illness, golden years, bittersweet, alzheimer's disease, painting, intergenerational friendship, teacher student relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Hear Me (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A delivery Boy falls for a young girl who is hearing impaired. Comparing themselves with "water birds" and trees, together they are going to break the barrier and pursuit their dreams and take their relationship to the next level
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, inspirational, romantic ...
Plot: mute or deaf, wooing, love and romance, youth, against the odds, society, self discovery, dream come true, disability, mistaken identity, delivery, nagging and grouching ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Patagonia (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Argentina, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Patagonia narrates the journeys of two women - one looking for her past, the other for her future. The film inter-cuts between their stories, in which one of them travels south to north through the Welsh springtime and the other east to west through ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, road movie, serious, sincere ...
Plot: elderly, on the road, self discovery, last wish, love affair, society, couples, redemption, crumbling marriage, desert, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, argentina, latin america, europe, wales ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Someone to Run With (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Through the streets of Jerusalem two teenagers' stories will unite to tell the summer adventure of their lives. Tamar is an amazingly talented but very quiet and insecure girl, who leaves behind her home and all she knows, changing herself ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: adventure, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, escapades, youth, crimes, missing person, track down, chases and races, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Atomic Age (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Two young boys, Victor and Rainer, take the commuter train to spend the evening in Paris. In a nightclub on the banks of the Seine they go from one disappointment to another, from failed chat ups to street brawls. But as they get carried away by the ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, exciting, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, teenage life, friends, lifestyle, buddies, city life, on the road, youth, gender, urban, coming out, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Mall Girls (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Shopping malls - today's place of creating desires. Best jewelry, clothes, shoes. Unaffordable by young girls, but they "work" to get themselves sponsors for new items.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sexy, tense ...
Plot: shopping mall, teenage prostitute, poverty, teenage love, love and romance, misfit, lifestyle, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, school, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Still Mine (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: elderly, love and romance, golden years, elderly lovers, aging, couple relations, couples, elderly couple, alzheimer's disease, dementia, bureaucracy
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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One Mile Above (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: China, Taiwan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shuhao is a 24 year old Taiwanese university graduate. His older brother Shuwei, whom he has idolized since childhood, dies on a bicycle ride to Lhasa. He decides to complete Shuwei's journey, hoping to prove himself through this challenging ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, captivating, road movie
Plot: riding a bicycle, cycling, last wish, mountain, direction and purpose, on the road, self discovery, escapades, danger, wilderness, dead brother, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tibet, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Travelers and Magicians (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, Bhutan, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young government official, named Dondup, who is smitten with America (he even has a denim gho) dreams of escaping there while stuck in a beautiful but isolated village. He hopes to connect in the U.S. with a visa out of the country. He misses the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, road movie
Plot: storytelling, illusion, adventure, self discovery, introspection, culture clash, on the road, friendship, clergy, hopes, countryside, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The High Pressures (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Miguel travels to Pontevedra, his hometown, with the request of serching for some locations for a movie. His trip takes him back to the place where he grew up, meeting up with some old friends, but also leads him to the possibility of a new ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, contemplative, gloomy
Plot: friendship, love and romance, fall in love, workplace, introspection, human nature, hopes, self discovery, artists and showbiz, workplace situations, thirtysomething life, filmmaking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Forgotten Kingdom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, South Africa, Lesotho
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young man reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father, and finds himself drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and the land he had forgotten.
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: village, self discovery, orphan, love and romance, estrangement, homecoming, bittersweet, estranged father, hiv, death of father, funeral, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Wandering Streams (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Emile is a 70-ish former horticulturalist who once raised bonsai trees "because they don't take up too much room." Indeed, his whole existence is safe and uneventful to a fault, somewhat juiced by friendship with raucous fishing ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ana and the Others (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 80 min.
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Style: sincere, touching, realistic, sexual, semi serious ...
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Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
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Duration: 99 min.
Story: 1942, in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, realistic
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Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Lady in Paris (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Estonia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris as a caretaker for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is the attention of Stéphane, her younger former lover. ...
Style: witty, touching, realistic, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
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Country: Turkey, Germany, Netherlands
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Hut in the Woods (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two misfit males, one man-child, one boy, find each other, building a small cabin in the woods to create a new life. Their daily struggle for survival creates a strong bond between them until the hut is destroyed and one of the boys carted off. The ...
Style: serious, rough, touching, realistic, gloomy
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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31%
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Genre: Drama
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Style: serious, thought provoking, touching, sincere, atmospheric ...
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31%
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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
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Transylvania (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Zingarina arrives in Transylavania, accompanied by her close friend Marie and her guide and interpreter Luminitsa. She is not there only to visit this region of Romania but to trace her lover Milan, a musician who has made her pregnant and who left ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, touching, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: obsessive quest, self discovery, on the road, pregnancy, couple relations, love and romance, family relations, couples, folk, nudity (full frontal - brief), infidelity, bear ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
My Own Love Song (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wheelchair-bound singer and her best friend embark on a roadtrip to Memphis.
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
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The Lost Coast (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Director/screenwriter Gabriel Fleming (One Thousand Years) explores the subtleties of loneliness, friendship, and sexuality with this tale of two high school friends who are forced to face their unspoken sexual history while wandering the streets of ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy
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