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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
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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: art house, philosophical, depressing, disturbing, cerebral, sexy, thought provoking, touching, stylized, allegory ...
Plot: existentialism, donkey, friendship, redemption, animals, death, destiny, smuggling, farm, parable, catastrophe, time travel, artist, relationships, women, loneliness, life, depression, art, tragedy, fantasy world, post war, runaway, childhood, mentor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, tokyo, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, reflective and visually appealing films with plots about family relations, death, society, culture clash, drinking alcohol, runaway and suprisingly clever mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Au Hasard Balthazar: Mouchette (1967), Pelle the Conqueror (1987), The Scrounger (1961), George Washington (2000), The Sacrifice (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
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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: art house, sexy, emotional, stylized, disturbing ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, existentialism, suicide, child abuse, youth, innocence lost, children, drug addiction, village, loneliness, death, brutality ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, tokyo, paris france, europe, japan
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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, meditative, compassionate, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
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The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
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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.
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Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two, 50s, 70s
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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, meditative, lyrical, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: redemption, small town, adolescence, coming of age, friendship, youth, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social relations, society, hopes, accidental death ...
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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.
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Style: road movie, thought provoking, disturbing, art house, sexy ...
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Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
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Plot: existentialism, religion, suicide, winter, faith, priest, small town, isolation, midlife crisis, apocalypse, wine, doubt ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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Duration: 114 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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