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Wadjda (2012)
 7.5
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Wadjda (2012)
Original name: وجدة‎‎
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, talky, stylized, feminist film, allegory, breathtaking, harsh ...
Plot: school, childhood, family relations, muslim, dreams, teachers and students, fighting the system, parents and children, gender, traditional versus modern, life is a bitch, against the rules, discrimination, everyday life, rebelliousness, troublemaker, power relations, feminism, riding a bicycle, bicycle, child protagonist, mother daughter relationship, child bride, self discovery, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: saudi arabia, middle east, iran, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sincere and serious films with plots about family relations, youth, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, school and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like Wadjda: Monsieur Lazhar (2011), Monsieur Ibrahim (2003), Men, Women & Children (2014), The Day I Became a Woman (2000), St. Vincent (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, inspirational, compassionate, thought provoking ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, uplifting, serious ...
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, albania, persia, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
Style: touching, realistic, suspense, semi serious, serious ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 74 min.
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Style: touching, thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak ...
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Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, japan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 96K
St. Vincent (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Style: realistic, humorous, inspirational, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, neighbor, youth, parents and children, family relations, coming of age, drinking, drinking alcohol, mentor, divorce, unlikely friendships, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1946, year 1965
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, teacher, literature, poetry, dedicated educator, poet, philosophy, student, professor, suicide, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 716
Girls Town (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four women, Patti, Emma, Angela, and Nicki are completing their last year of high school. Unfortunately for the group, one of their own, Nicki, unexpectedly commits suicide. The three remaining women, upon finding out that Nicki had been raped ...
Style: disturbing, touching, sincere, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
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Time: 90s
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Won't Back Down (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 5K
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Style: sincere, feel good, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 296
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Duration: 99 min.
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Style: sincere, psychological, touching, serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 24K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 6.2
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 9K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Style: humorous, touching, sincere, emotional, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 9K
Crooklyn (1994)
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Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 444
Pieces of Me (2012)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.7
 3K
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Style: realistic, touching, sincere, semi serious, feel good ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%