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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
 7.9
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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Original name: Au hasard Balthazar
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Style: stylized, thought provoking, touching, atmospheric, serious, contemplative, allegory, reflective, meditative, enigmatic ...
Plot: family relations, purity, cruelty, transcendence, redemption, friendship, misery, donkey, friends, misfit, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, hopes, sin, society, human nature, animal life, countryside, innocence lost, merciless, death, animals, destiny, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, reflective and bleak films with plots about family relations, society, death, drinking alcohol, culture clash, drinking and runaway mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Au Hasard Balthazar: Mouchette (1967), The Devil, Probably (1977), Pelle the Conqueror (1987), George Washington (2000), The Sacrifice (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, alcohol abuse, family relations, drowning, police officer, suicide, humiliation, alibi, poacher, coming of age, innocence lost, village life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france, japan
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The Devil, Probably (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In order to be technically free of the mortal sin of suicide, a young man who has given up on the world pays a drug-addict to shoot him. Charles (Antoine Monnier), who is a student, has tried political action and investigated the claims of religion ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, psychological, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: politics, drug abuse, friendship, redemption, human nature, alcohol abuse, addiction, introspection, teenage life, destructive relationship, injustice, hopes ...
Time: 70s
Place: soviet union, mediterranean sea, ussr, paris france
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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, life is a bitch, working class, parents and children, island, misfit, family relations, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
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George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, touching, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, redemption, youth, small town, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, hopes, society, social relations, adolescence, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
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The Sacrifice (1986)
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Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, contemplative, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, unemployment, poverty, pimp, violence, robbery, life is a bitch, family relations, criminal heroes, downfall, dishonesty, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, winter, pastor, faith, priest, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, dishonesty, hopes, clergy, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: scandinavia, eastern europe, sweden
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Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, fascism, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, catalonia, usa, madrid ...
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Poetry (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: korea, japan, asia, south korea
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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, working class, life is a bitch, redemption, hopes, down on your luck, human nature, family problems, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Money (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, gloomy, bleak, stylized ...
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Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
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Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: cynical, controversial, thought provoking, surreal, atmospheric ...
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Country: Italy, France
Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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