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Paper Lives (2021)
 6.7
 10K
Paper Lives (2021)
Original name: Kağıttan Hayatlar
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the streets of Istanbul, ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet takes a small boy under his wing and must soon confront his own traumatic childhood.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: custody, child custody, life is a bitch, protector, haunted by the past, guardian, protection, assistant, care, tragic past, troubled past, confronting the past, street kid, help, homeless teenager, warehouse
Place: turkey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, tense, serious and realistic films with plots about life is a bitch, haunted by the past, family relations, youth, society, troubled past and confronting the past mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres. Some movies like Paper Lives: A God Without a Universe (2015), A Violent Life (2017), Armored (2019), Ladygrey (2015), Destiny (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A God Without a Universe (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After several years in prison, Anders is finally released. His sister Mia is looking forward for them to reconnect and rediscover their close bond. However, the past is not easy to escape and the two sibling's brutal childhood still haunts them ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspense
Plot: brother sister sex, brother sister incest, brother sister relationship, sex with brother, troubled past, haunted by the past, relationship problems, confronting the past, tragic past, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.0
 377
A Violent Life (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Despite the life threat hanging over his head, Stéphane decides to go back to Corsica for the funeral of Christophe, a childhood friend and companion in arms, murdered the day before. On this occasion, the chain of events which made him, the ...
Style: suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: funeral, violence, life is a bitch, confronting the past, haunted by the past, crimes, criminal, pubic hair, kiss, car on fire, young man, nationalist ...
Place: corsica
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 5.6
 35
Armored (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After the death of his wife and his young daughter in a traffic accident for which he was responsible, Luna falls into a large pit of depression. Neither medication nor religion help him to keep going. Until one day, Luna has a dream that he ...
Style: captivating, suspense, contemplative, exciting, visually appealing
Plot: widower, violence, loss of wife, death of wife, death of daughter, abused woman, tragic past, risk, life is a bitch, crimes, confronting the past, troubled past ...
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 5.2
 127
Ladygrey (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Estelle fights to maintain her sense of self while sleeping with Angus for money.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: haunted by the past, uncover truth, under the surface, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, community, social relations, male nudity, death, dog, money ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 7.9
 13K
Destiny (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bekir is in love with Ugur, who loves Zagor, who loves to commit crimes.
Style: tense, serious, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: romancing a criminal, fall in love, life is a bitch, on the run, hopes, murder, destiny, dishonesty, crime gone awry, love and romance, estrangement, fighting illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, europe, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, parents and children, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.2
 484
In Our Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Suzy's a British soldier, born and bred, but fitting back into civilian life after fighting in Iraq isn't easy. Haunted by the responsibility she feels for the death of an Iraqi child, she becomes obsessed with the safety of her own ...
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, parents and children, obsession, paranoia, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, homecoming, military, introspection, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.3
 1K
Alanis (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A young Buenos Aires mother and sex worker suffers the hypocrisy of the laws that are supposed to protect her, in this compelling, profoundly political drama about the dismal choices foisted upon vulnerable women.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: prostitution, sex worker, prostitute, female protagonist, financial problem, money problems, single mother, white trash, mother and son, social misfits, life is a bitch, social problems ...
Place: buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, life is a bitch, crimes, civil war, friendship, family relations, danger, youth, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Stealing Cars (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system.
Style: entertaining, exciting, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting the system, adaptation, prison, brutality, stable, confined, hopes, prison life, life is a bitch, against the odds, redemption, car theft ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A woman struggles with love and personal loss against the backdrop of a land torn by civil war in this drama from filmmaker Ozcan Alper. Sumru (Gaye Gursel) is a Turkish woman who studies ethnic music at a college in Istanbul and frequently makes ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, on the road, tragic love, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, ethnic conflict, journey, self discovery, thesis, society, black market, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, kurdistan, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 497
Son of Sofia (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Bulgaria, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 11-year-old Misha is coming from Russia to Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games to live with his mother. He does not know there is a father waiting for him.
Style: tense, contemplative, unusual plot structure, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: stepfather stepson relationship, child, friendship, child protagonist, husband wife relationship, russian, family relations, runaway child, disorder, life is a bitch, parents and children, stroke ...
Time: year 2004
Place: athens greece, athens
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Color Of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a small town in the South, movie centers on Georgia Potter, an old-fashioned widow (Rowlands), whose life changes drastically when her estranged daughter and the son-in-law she never met die in a car crash. When she visits her granddaughter ...
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: racism, interracial relations, child custody, interracial adoption, social issues, interracial, grandparent and grandchild, family, grandfather grandson relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, custody, social problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Father's Acre (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Love makes a bad relationship between father and son all the more rancorous in this drama from Hungarian director Viktor Oszkar Nagy. A convict (Janos Derzsi) returns home after a long stretch in prison to a less than enthusiastic welcome; his son ...
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: parent child relationship, family, father son relationship, father son estrangement, father son reunion, relationship problems, father and son, family relations, relationships, life is a bitch, parents and children, family problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
An Unexpected Family (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Ruth Whitney abandons her two children with her sister Barbara is left to take care of them, at first none of them like it but soon they grow to like each other. Then over a year later Ruth comes back saying she wants her kids and Barbara goes ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, guardian, unfulfillment, youth, betrayal, legal, family problems, custody, human spirit, family life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.7
 736
Junkhearts (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Frank is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his nightmares with alcohol. Christine - smart and successful... on the surface, tackles life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: haunted by the past, change of luck, society, hopes, youth, drugs/alcohol, alcohol abuse, confronting the past, troubled past, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, male female relationship, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
After We Fell (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: Just as Tessa's life begins to become unglued, nothing is what she thought it would be. Not her friends nor her family. The only person that she should be able to rely on is Hardin, who is furious when he discovers the massive secret that ...
Style: captivating, saga
Plot: family history, teenage crush, haunted by the past, mystery, changing lives, secret past, family secret, lifestyle change, troubled past, family relations, young adult, love
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Bu Sehir Arkandan Gelecek (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Derin and Ali are two people from different worlds. Derin is the daughter of a rich man, on the otherside Ali is a 24 years old boy who saw his mom being killed by his dad when he was young. So rauf anne took him as his son and now after many years ...
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: murder mystery, uncover truth, tragic past, murder, mysterious past, tragic event, mystery, troubled past, family relations, rich and poor, confronting the past, dark past ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 5.8
 159
Brothers (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The script of this film was very loose and most of the dialog was improvised by the cast
Style: psychological, suspense, captivating, sincere, contemplative
Plot: brother brother relationship, father son relationship, father son reunion, family relations, jealousy, death, haunted by the past, dark past, troubled past, half brother half brother relationship, father son estrangement, birthday party ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
25 Kids And A Dad (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: China
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Zhao Guang is a hard-working chicken farmer whose self-made life has led him to dedicate himself to running the orphanage at his native Chinese village. His success with children leads him to local celebrity status, including a speech on national ...
Style: sincere, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: orphanage, unhappiness, philanthropist, runaway child, child, adoption, orphan, farm, society, custody, child custody, assistant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 160
Délivrez-Moi (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After spending a decade in prison, Annie returns to her hometown, and tries to reconnect with her now-adolescent daughter Sophie.
Style: serious, psychological, tense, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: child custody, release from prison, murder, ex convict, mother daughter relationship, women's prison, small town, island, shower, flashback, locker room, sex ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, psychological, sincere, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, haunted by the past, teenage life, misfit, life is a bitch, addiction, custody, family problems, social misfits, youth, society, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 97
Fair Sex (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Would-be filmmaker Sophie left Africa for Canada as a child. After graduating, she films the daily doings as part of a summer job at a fair. When pointing the camera at herself, she reveals painful secrets from the past.
Style: serious, captivating, sincere, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, gender, romance, filmmaking, film within a film, documentary filmmaker, strong sexual content, theme park, amusement park, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 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, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: politics, kurd, prison life, juvenile delinquency, prison, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, rebellion, youth, confined, injustice, revolution ...
Time: 80s
Place: turkey, france, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Cars of the Revolution (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It is just after the military take over of the administration in 1960. The new head of state believes Turkey can only be independent if it is economically strong. After sounding out the weak private sector and most of the senior bureaucrats, it is ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: working class, contests and competitions, powerful corporation, patriotism, inventions and discoveries, factory, chases and races, politics, race against time, state affairs, ambition, head of state ...
Time: 21st century, 60s, 1960s
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.7
 19
G.H.B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A reflection on love and pleasure experienced by three women, set in France, New York, and Shanghai.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, on the run, obsessive quest, on the road, haunted by the past, looking for love, life is a bitch, friends, strong female presence, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 2K
Feed (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Olivia and Matthew Grey, 18-year-old twins born into a world of privilege and high expectations. There are almost no boundaries between them - even their dreams are connected.
Style: psychological, suspense, sincere, tense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anorexia, twins, hospitalization, eating disorder, family, youth, life is a bitch, adaptation, love, society, destiny, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Ice Cream Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
TV show
Story: The Ice Creams is based on the bestselling book by Dorothy Koomson about two girls who, one brief summer, find themselves involved with an abusive, controlling man. The situation spirals out of control and they are trial for his murder; ultimately ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, serious
Plot: uncover truth, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, youth, murder, deadly, strong female presence, rape, journalist, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.3
 940
Us (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This is a story of Ida and Krister. It's about a relationship that goes to hell. They are both crazy in love but manage to strangle the supply of oxygen and adapt to each other in a way that will lead to catastrophic consequences.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense, bleak
Plot: losing-it hero, destructive relationship, woman in danger, couple relations, couples, life is a bitch, love, nudity (full frontal - brief), attraction, penetration, graphic violence, erection ...
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 851
Going Away (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two unlikely friends — a supply teacher and a lonely young boy suspended between two estranged parents — embark on a weekend motorcycle voyage full of surprises and unforeseen consequences in this surprisingly tough, unsentimental drama.
Style: realistic, tense, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, hopes, love, weekend, loneliness, loan shark, family problems, dysfunctional family, female director, wealthy family, confronting the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%