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In the Beginning (2009)
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In the Beginning (2009)
Original name: À l'origine
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: France, present day. A professional conman passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension. He cons the whole region, hires dozens of workers and cynically enjoys the profits of his scam until he meets the lady mayor of a small village that the road will go through. She intrigues and unsettles him, before revealing to him a world he never knew: feelings. How far will he go now to save his victims and save himself from his own lies?
Style: touching, serious, realistic, clever, contemplative
Plot: mayor, pretense, self discovery, fall in love, cons and scams, power of love, love and romance, dishonesty, disorder, small time, deception, working class, bribery, money, crimes, crime, petty criminal, con artists, highway, theft, beetle, con men, construction worker, rain, debt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe, flanders

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about love and romance, fall in love, dishonesty, family relations, female director, society and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like In the Beginning: The Family Friend (2006), Those Who Remain (2007), White Nights on the Pier (2014), Charlie Says (2006), Insecure (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Family Friend (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Geremia, an aging tailor/money lender, is a repulsive, mean, stingy man who lives alone in his shabby house with his scornful, bedridden mother. He has a morbid, obsessive relationship with money and he uses it to insinuate himself into other ...
Style: serious, cynical, touching, rough, dark humor ...
Plot: fall in love, dishonesty, self destructing, destructive relationship, cons and scams, unrequited love, wedding preparations and rituals, love and romance, aging, neo noir, loneliness, obsession ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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Those Who Remain (2007)
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 ...
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, unfulfillment, self discovery, love, couples, fall in love, friendship, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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White Nights on the Pier (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A man walks every night along the jetty. There he meets a young woman who is waiting for the man of her life. Over four nights, they discuss life and he gradually falls in love with her.
Style: contemplative, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, talky ...
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, introspection, romance, seaport, unfulfillment, love
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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Charlie Says (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The seemingly separate lives of a group of men intersect entwining the fates of each of them over the course of a week.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: lifestyle, love affair, couples, love and romance, dishonesty, infidelity, teachers and students, betrayal, celebrity culture, social relations, human nature, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Insecure (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Chérif, struggling to pass the entrance exam for nursing school, takes on a side job as a security guard. On duty there, he faces off with a group of hostile teenagers who constantly harass him, and gradually ends up an accomplice to a robbery gone ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: working class, fall in love, couples, society, misfit, immigrants, life is a bitch, security guard, pursuit, gang, danger, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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Ghost of a Chance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the casino there is only one queen, the small ball that spins on the roulette table. None of the players pays the slightest attention to the female dealers. But Takis, a «perennial» med student, doesn't go to the casino to win millions but ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: casino, gambling, unlikely criminals, femme fatale, lovers on the run, fall in love, dishonesty, love and romance, crimes, betrayal, gangsters, heist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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59%
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Amnesty (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Albania, Greece, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Amnesty is a 2011 Albanian movie directed by Buyar Alimani. It’s a story about two people who meet up in jail when they come for monthly visits of their spouses. They fall in love after becoming witnesses to a wedding in jail but relationship has ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, infidelity, forbidden love, love affair, pardon, couples, fall in love, couple relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, dishonesty, legislation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: albania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Elisa (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: vengeance, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, redemption, track down, cons and scams, on the road, parents and children, obsession, family problems, estrangement, arson ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe, brittany
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53%
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The Singer (2006)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Alain Moreau sings for one of the few remaining dance-bands in Clermont-Ferrand. Though something of an idol amongst his female audience he has a melancholic awareness of the slow disappearance of that audience and of his advancing years. He is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic
Plot: orchestra, older man younger woman relationship, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, couples, change of heart, lifestyle, unlikely couple, performer's life, romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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When the Night (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After meeting during their vacation, two young people with solitary lives suddenly come into a relationship that could benefit both of them.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, contemplative, gloomy
Plot: love and romance, family relations, fall in love, unfulfilled love, parents and children, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, mountain, mother son relationship, female director, snow
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Eager Bodies (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Paul and Charlotte are in love. Charlotte discovers she has a grave malady and Paul supports her. But Paul is also attracted to Ninon, another girl. Charlotte accepts Paul to have an affair with her, and the three start a difficult and ambiguous ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: dishonesty, life is a bitch, betrayal, infidelity, love triangle, tragic hero, love and romance, terminal illness, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, lesbianism, sex scene, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Sand Dollars (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican woman, hangs out on the beach at Las Terrenas. With her boyfriend, Yeremi, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists there. However Noelí also has a steady ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: love and romance, moral dilemma, gays and lesbians, cons and scams, society, rich and poor, dishonesty, island, gender, power relations, sexual content, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
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51%
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Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, crimes, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, deception, swindle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
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The Jewel (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, clever, tense ...
Plot: ambition, family business, bribery, dishonesty, rise and fall, legal, unfulfillment, bankruptcy, family relations, corporate crimes, working the system, stock broker ...
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Cool Money (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Charismatic thief Bobby Comfort escapes from prison, clears himself of all charges, and returns to a home life he finds unsatisfying. Though he is devoted to his wife and daughter, his old life comes calling, both figuratively and literally, in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
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One Day You'll Understand (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, family life, parents and children, holocaust, death in the family, love and romance, against humanity, society, war crime, old photograph, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, middle east, germany, france, europe
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1001 Grams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: realistic, contemplative, serious, psychological, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Moon Child (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: David, a professor of dermatology, has been treating 13-year-old Romain since he was a baby. Afflicted with a rare skin condition, Romain must avoid sunlight and is condemned to live in the shade. David and Romain have become the closest of friends ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
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All Our Desires (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: injustice, society, legal, legal investigation, courtroom drama, legal action, hopes, workplace, life is a bitch, workplace intrigue, workplace situations, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe, lyon
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The Bird (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman, withdrawn from life, rescues a live bird that had been trapped in the wall of her apartment.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
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Place: europe, france
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Suzanne (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: love affair, family life, dysfunctional family, fall in love, parents and children, family problems, single parent, coming of age, youth, siblings relations, working class, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 90s, 80s ...
Place: france
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Daniel's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When a woman learns that her father has passed away, she must confront the past (and the town) she left behind.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, psychological
Plot: fall in love, haunted by the past, death in the family, self discovery, romance, love and romance, homecoming, family relations, small town life, last wish, small town, social relations ...
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43%
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Quantum Love (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A family man's encounter with a beautiful woman develops into a mutual fascination.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, psychological
Audience: date night
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The Other Son (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Piedras (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 135 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, clever, serious, offbeat
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hopes, friendship, family life, working class, destiny, gender, road not taken, looking for love, dull life, self discovery, lifestyle, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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The Secret of the Grain (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 151 min.
Story: At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, contemplative ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe
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Thicker Than Water (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After the death of her father, Natalie Travers (Melissa Gilbert) discovers he was married to a rodeo star before he married Natalie’s mother. Upset that her father kept part of his life a secret from her and bewildered over how a prominent judge ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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38%
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Henri (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The meeting of two lonely, marginal souls. There is Henri, a man in his 50s, limp, resigned, somewhat alcoholic. And Rosette, a (slightly) retarded woman who dreams of love, sexuality, normality
Style: touching, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: mentally challenged, love and romance, dull life, unfulfillment, misfit, social misfits, looking for love, death of wife, female director, french fries, seaside, pigeon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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One of a Kind (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When Frédi loses his mother, he realizes she has passed her healing gift on to him. Frédi rejects it totally, tangled up in his own unhappiness, until a fatal accident changes everything. He is forced to acknowledge that he had healing hands.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, captivating
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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In Harmony (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After a serious accident on a film shoot, Marc, an equestrian, loses all hope to mount back on. His insurance company instructs Florence to handle his case. This film is the story of their meeting.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: love affair, fall in love, handicapped, insurance company, insurance agent, love, lawyer, courage, stuntman, romance, love and romance, riding a horse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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