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As If I Am Not There (2010)
 7.3
 1K
As If I Am Not There (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Sweden, Republic of North Macedonia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Samira is a modern schoolteacher in Sarajevo who takes a job in a small country village just as the war is beginning to ramp up. When Serbian soldiers overrun the village, shoot the men and keep the women as laborers (the older ones) and sex objects (the younger ones), Samira is subjected to the basest form of treatment imaginable
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious
Plot: bosnian war, war, realism, wartime life, military, soldier, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, strong female presence, violence, rape, teacher, genocide, humiliation, female director, football, school, village, pregnancy, money, depression, hospital, book, sexual abuse, muslim ...
Place: former yugoslavia, bosnia, europe, sarajevo, sweden, bosnia herzegovina

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, soldier, wartime life, military, war, society and family relations mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like As If I Am Not There: Warriors (1999), In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Badland (2007), The Melon Route (2006), The Poet (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Warriors (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 175 min.
Story: If the conflict in Bosnia has become something of a forgotten war, it's not for the want of trying from the immensely powerful BBC film Warriors, the story of five young soldiers and their harrowing experiences in the region.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Plot: bosnian war, genocide, atrocity, war crime, war, against humanity, life is a bitch, wartime life, anti war, state affairs, military, soldier ...
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: bosnian war, forbidden love, muslim, violence, life is a bitch, love affair, couples, romance, wartime life, couple relations, love and romance, war ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: sarajevo, europe, bosnia, former yugoslavia, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.1
 444
Badland (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Jerry (Jamie Draven) was an idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he was later deployed to Iraq, Jerry was an older man, a father of three and embittered by broken promises and unfulfilled desires. When Jerry returns from Iraq he ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, starting over, homecoming, life turned upside down, hopes, life is a bitch, military, war, desperation, society, anti war, gulf war ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Melon Route (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The journey of a Chinese woman and her fellow countrymen as they travel in search of a better place to live, only to end up struggling for survival in the Balkans.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: survival, life is a bitch, political unrest, danger, escapades, immigrants, refugee, river, illegal immigration, post war, illegal immigrant, rescue from drowning ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, bosnia, former yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 5.1
 996
The Poet (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: At the dawn of World War 2, a Rabbi's daughter and a disenchanted German soldier fall in love and are separated by the war. They struggle on a perilous journey to find one another.
Style: realistic, disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: forbidden love, couples, romance, war, against humanity, soldier, sexual content, family relations, rabbi, world war two, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: poland, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: support group, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, depression, family relations, single parent, parent child relationship, post war, female protagonist, child abuse, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia, sarajevo, europe, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.5
 235
Ezra (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Nigeria, USA, UK, Austria
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Ezra, jeune ex-soldat Sierra-Léonais, essaie tant bien que mal de retrouver des repères pour revenir à une vie normale après la guerre civile qui a ravagé son pays. Son quotidien est partagé entre un centre de réhabilitation psychologique et ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: kidnapping, military, life turned upside down, starting over, life is a bitch, youth, legal, legal action, haunted by the past, danger, kids in trouble, against humanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.2
 472
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, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, parents and children, obsession, paranoia, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, homecoming, introspection, family problems, military, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 7.3
 10K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, rough, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, mercenary, terrorism, war crime, civil war, redemption, genocide, soldier, pregnancy, hopes, rape, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia, bosnia herzegovina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.0
 159
Jew-Boy Levi (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Benjamin Levi (Bruno Cathomas) is a Bavarian cattle dealer traveling to pre-World War II Germany on his annual trip to a remote farming village. Levi hopes to do some business and, more importantly, win the hand of the lovely Lisbeth (Caroline ...
Style: suspense, thought provoking, biting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: countryside, social differences, wartime life, village life, village, anti semitism, survival, isolation, life is a bitch, society, life turned upside down, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Say That You Love Me (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Fatou is a teenager yearning for attention and love in Sweden's suburbs. When she is gang raped by some class mates her whole world starts falling apart.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, gloomy
Audience: teens
Plot: gang rape, friendship, teenage life, parents and children, sexual abuse, youth, life is a bitch, family relations, high school, society, friendship between girls, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Hearts & Minds (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Conscription has been introduced in Britain. Across the country, young people are being called upon to serve the nation in another reactionary Middle-Eastern conflict. They face war on a scale not seen in any of their lifetimes. hearts & minds ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: wartime life, introspection, life is a bitch, military, soldier, conscription, war on terror, youth, protest, fictional war
Time: 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, anti war, archive footage, world war one, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
I Don't Give a Damn (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Like many, another young Israeli, Rafi never gave much thought to the fact that when he reached a certain age, he would be expected to serve in the Israeli Army and that he would experience active duty in combat. It certainly never occurred to him ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: love and romance, military, youth, nudity (full frontal - brief), down on your luck, introspection, disability, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, hopes, soldier, injury ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 289
Orange Honey (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Andalusia in the fifties. Enrique and Carmen just meet and fall deeply in love. Carmen gets him to stay in military service in a court of the city. Enrique, in view of the injustices he witnesses every day, realizes that to change the course of ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: soldier, life turned upside down, rebelliousness, moral dilemma, fighting the system, against the rules, rebellion, legal, society, military, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: spain, andalusia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphanage, civil war, journalism, family relations, anti war, orphan, war, rescue, danger, bosnian war, journalist ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, former yugoslavia, vietnam, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, emotional, realistic, disturbing, contemplative
Plot: holocaust, haunted by the past, human spirit, genocide, homecoming, confined, world war two, anti semitism, against humanity, concentration camp, hopes, battles ...
Place: france, paris france, europe, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.4
 277
Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: captivating, serious, psychological, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, wartime life, military, soldier, war, life is a bitch, state affairs, politics, battles, gory, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, corporal punishment, child rape, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Ramchand: The Untouchable Pakistani (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a actual events, the story is about a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father who accidentally cross the border into India from their village in Pakistan at a time of extreme war like tension between the 2 countries and end up spending 5 years ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak
Plot: hindu, border, confined, prison life, wartime life, missing person, family problems, injustice, life is a bitch, parents and children, prison, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: pakistan, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.6
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Rose (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose German soldier husband was killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. A single woman had no defense against Russian soldiers who raped as a form of revenge, nor ...
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Plot: soldier, countryside, sexual abuse, wartime life, life is a bitch, danger, military, ex military, survival, farm, occupation, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.9
 5K
The Reunion (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A film between fiction and reality, highlighting questions about group dynamics and established hierarchies. A group of people meet for their high school reunion 20 years later. One of them talks about her being bullied and outcast and soon the ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: reunion, adulthood, realism, social relations, life is a bitch, human nature, haunted by the past, disorder, breaking point, misfit, bullying, party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
A Minor Leap Down (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Nahal is around thirty and in her fourth month of pregnancy. During a routine check-up she learns that her baby has died and she now faces a curettage abortion in two days’ time. When she tries to address the subject, neither her mother nor her ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, estrangement, family relations, society, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, strong female presence, miscarriage, pregnancy, unfulfillment, depression, iranian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 5.3
 592
Resistance (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The epic tale of an American reconnaissance pilot downed in occupied Belgium at the height of World War II. Hidden by resistance fighters, the pilot falls in love with the wife of the man who will save him. When their affair is exposed, an act of ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, captivating
Plot: wartime life, forbidden love, love triangle, military, soldier, heroic mission, fall in love, love affair, survival, infidelity, romance, betrayal ...
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.8
 107
Here Below (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The true story of a nun who betrayed a network of Resistance fighters after having a passionate but doomed love affair with a priest during the Second World War.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: impossible love, nun, catholic church, german occupation, forbidden love, love affair, wartime life, fall in love, convent, life is a bitch, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.6
 6K
Toss-Up (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Yazi Tura (Toss Up) is the film of two stories taking place in 1999. Stories of two young men... One is "Ridvan the Devil", a young football player from Central Anatolia, Cappadocia / Goreme, and the "Cevher the Ghost", a young ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: soldier, homecoming, haunted by the past, friendship, living with parents, military, friends, disability, couples, alienation, ex military, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Commissar (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life.
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: pregnancy, russian civil war, life is a bitch, war, village, wartime life, female soldier, jewish, pregnant woman, jewish family, soldier, newborn baby ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
 2K
Kippur (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rescue, soldier, military life, life is a bitch, military, danger, battle zone, realism, war, anti war, wound, tank ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: israel, middle east, syria, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: bleak, touching, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: working class, parents and children, life turned upside down, single parent, family problems, youth, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, disorder, family relations, life is a bitch, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 795
The New Man (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Sweden 1951. A new society is developing, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, bleak, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: society, pregnancy, mental illness, teenage life, youth, confined, life is a bitch, misfit, power relations, injustice, win over, mental institution ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%