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Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999)
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Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999)
Original name: Balzac
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: He burned with ambition. He lusted for life. He lived for passion. This is the sprawling saga of Honoré de Balzac (Gérard Depardieu), a man who created a great literary oeuvre from the dramas and adventures of his own life - a life that he shaped into one spectacular and unforgettable blaze of passion. At the heart of the story are the women in Balzac's life. Although gruff, unsophisticated, and far from handsome, Balzac exerts an irresistible fascination on women.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, contemplative, stylized
Plot: family relations, vengeance, writer's life, romance, couple relations, love triangle, missing person, betrayal, parents and children, love and romance, infidelity, fall in love, love affair, artists and showbiz, social differences, haunted by the past, society, couples, dishonesty, lifestyle, wartime life, homecoming, innocence lost, master and servant, orchestral ...
Time: 19th century
Place: switzerland, france, europe, paris france, black sea

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Colonel Chabert (1994)
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Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
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Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1810s, 18th century
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo, london
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Country: France
Duration: 135 min.
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The Crown Prince (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Austria, France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 180 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, suspenseful, exciting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Heart of Me (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: France, UK, Belgium
Duration: 103 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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40%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 13K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Duchess of Langeais (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 137 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 9K
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Country: France, Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: realistic, romantic, melancholic, emotional, intense ...
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