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Not Waving But Drowning (2012)
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Not Waving But Drowning (2012)
Original name: Not Waving but Drowning
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Not Waving But Drowning is a chronological look at growing up, formed from two different stories. The two sets of friends represent the American dilemma between what you have known and what you hope to know; the tear between longing for the past and the desire to explore.
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, touching, captivating, sincere, serious, gloomy
Plot: friendship, self discovery, starting over, adolescence vs adulthood, couples, society, friends, best friends
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and captivating films with plots about society, friendship, self discovery, friends, youth, couples and family relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Not Waving But Drowning: X/Y (2014), Hide Away (2011), Jess + Moss (2011), Nasty Baby (2015), It Felt Like Love (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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X/Y (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
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Hide Away (2011)
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Duration: 88 min.
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Jess + Moss (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
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Duration: 82 min.
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Place: new york, usa
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Time: contemporary
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S. Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. Ibrahim lands in New York City the day before 9/11…and the events of the September ...
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Place: new york, usa
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Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bertrand (Vincent Lindon) dutifully visits his terminally ill wife every day, braving the long train and bus ride to and from the hospital. Lorraine (Emmanuelle Devos) not so willingly visits her boyfriend who was diagnosed with colon cancer. They ...
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Duration: 105 min.
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Duration: 104 min.
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