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Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Germany, Belgium
CharactersLesbians, Lawyers, Nuns, Priests
PlotReligious
PlaceFrance
Time18th century
StyleSoulful, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Suzanne Simonin describes her life of suffering in letters. As a young woman she is sent to a convent against her will. Since her parents cannot afford the dowry required for a marriage befitting her rank they decide she must instead become a nun. Although a kind and understanding Mother Superior helps her to learn the convent’s daily routine, Suzanne’s desire for freedom remains unabated. When the Mother Superior dies, Suzanne finds herself faced with reprisals, humiliation and harassment at the hands of the new Abbess and the other Sisters. For many years, Suzanne is subjected to bigotry and religious fanaticism. (Berlinale.de)

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryFinland
CharactersFriends, Blind, Sisters, Priests, Poets
PlotFriendship, Religious, Art
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Serious

With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and Leila finds herself cast in a new role.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryItaly, West Germany
Duration02:30
CharactersPriests
PlotReligious
PlaceItaly
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels' life of poverty. He seeks the Pope's blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair - and ill - he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryPoland, Denmark
Duration01:22
CharactersTeens, Jews, Nuns, Priests, Partners
PlotTravel, Fate
PlaceSchool, USSR, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryRomania, France
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Pupils, Friends, Parents
PlotLove, Dancing, Relationship, Friendship, Political
PlaceVillage, School
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Bucharest 1989 - the last year of Ceausecu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva's decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersLesbians, Doctors, Friends, Nuns, Nurses
PlotOn real events, Medicine, Life, Friendship, Death
PlaceEngland, Hospitals, London
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

Drama following the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s, based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryRomania, USA, Italy, Poland, France
Duration01:50
CharactersDogs, Military
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Dancing, Bank robbery, Money
PlacePrison
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of bank robbers to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance
CharactersNuns, Priests
PlotPursuit
PlaceVillage, France
Time18th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

In eighteenth-century France, a girl is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:19
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Strong women, Writers, Friends
PlotMotorcycles, Money, Obsession, Friendship, Snow
PlaceFrance
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

Born out of wedlock early in the last century, Violette Leduc meets Simone de Beauvoir in postwar Saint-Germain-des-Près. An intense lifelong relationship develops between the two women authors, based on Violette's quest for freedom through writing and on Simone's conviction that she holds in her hands the destiny of an extraordinary writer.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryRomania, Belgium
Duration01:53
CharactersPregnant, Friends
PlotFriendship
PlaceHotels
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with Mr. Bebe to have the abortion.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryFrance, Spain
Duration01:40
CharactersKings, Horses, Lesbians, Strong women, Friends
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Friendship, Revolution
PlaceFrance, New York
Time18th century
StyleTo cry, Serious

A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the final days of the French Revolution.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama
CountryFrance, USA, Iran
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends
PlotObsession, Friendship, Love triangle, Hip Hop, Uprising
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's newfound conservatism.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryAustria
Duration01:33
CharactersFamily, Friends, Terminally ill, Mothers
PlotFriendship, Cancer, Family life
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

Fatma is around 50, a housewife with six children. She lives in Vienna but grew up in Turkey and clings stubbornly to the traditions and values of the old country. Ayse is 19, and the film begins with her wedding in rural Turkey, to Fatma’s son Hasan. However, when the family takes Ayse to Vienna this is revealed as a c harade… for Ayse is to be the kuma (second wife) of Fatma’s husband Mustafa.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration01:35
CharactersFriends
PlotOn real events, Political, Elections
PlaceEngland, France, London
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy

Drawing some intriguing parallels between the work of the prostitute and that of the psychiatrist-both have clients, both charge for sessions, both take on roles that serve the needs, psychological or otherwise, of those they serve, Jeanne Labrune's drama stars Isabelle Huppert and Bouli Lanners as, respectively, Alice, a disaffected call girl and Xavier, a shrink with a crumbling domestic situation.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Canada
Duration02:23
CharactersDogs, Teens, Lesbians, Rich, Friends
PlotDancing, Revenge, Friendship, Uprising
PlaceUSA, Small cities, New York
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

Set in the 1950s, a a group of young girls in upstate New York form their own gang.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryGermany, Belgium, USA, France
Duration01:56
CharactersFriends
PlotFriendship, Loneliness
PlaceParis, France
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, By books, Touching

The film centres on a retired, widowed professor living in Paris who develops a special relationship with a younger French woman.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryFrance
CharactersPriests, Artists
PlotFriendship
PlaceVillage, France
StyleGloomy, Depressive, Serious

François returns to his village after a long absence. He finds his friend Serge who has married Yvonne, and has developed an alcohol problem after the death of their stillborn child. Serge has become an angry, bitter figure not unlike the roles of James Dean, refusing to face reality and adulthood and François must help him.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFinland, Germany, France
Duration01:18
CharactersLosers
PlotRobbery, Loneliness, Fate, Gems
PlacePrison
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

Koistinen is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near his work. Out of the blue, a young sophisticated blonde woman attaches herself to Koistinen. He thinks of her as his girlfriend, he takes her on her rounds.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryItaly, France
CharactersFriends, Losers, Poets
PlotFriendship
PlaceVillage, Italy
StyleLight, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:28
CharactersFriends, Priests
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Political, Intrigue
PlaceEngland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Smart, Epic

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryRomania
Duration02:30
CharactersFriends, Terminally ill, Surgeons, Nurses, Widows
PlotFriendship, Ambulance
PlaceHospitals
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is indeed sick, and an ambulance arrives with a nurse (Luminita Gheorghiu) who has a few ideas about what could be the problem. However, a major traffic accident and poor organization leaves little room in Romanian hospitals for the fading Lazarescu.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryGreece, France, Germany
Duration01:22
CharactersNuns, Hermits
PlotLove, Religious
PlaceGreece
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleLight, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

In a monastery set on the top of sandstone pillars young monk Theodoros and nun Urania find themselves physically drawn to one and other after devoting their lives to the strict rituals and practises of the monasteries. Below them the eternal cycle of farm-life provides a strong contrast to their lives and they are forced to choose between human desire and spiritual devotion

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountrySouth Africa
CharactersFriends, Farmers
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Religious
PlaceAfrica
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching, Serious

Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu Natal,South Africa.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Friends, Losers
PlotFriendship
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:50
CharactersFriends, Losers, Teachers, Refugees
PlotFriendship, Swimming, Love with age difference
PlaceFrance
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA, France
Duration01:54
CharactersDogs, Horses, Snipers, Indians, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Basketball, Fight, Money
PlaceHospitals, USA
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

Adapted from the 1951 non-fiction account by psychoanalyst Georges Devereux, “Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian,” the film follows the true story of Picard (Del Toro), a Plains Indian of the Blackfeet nation, as he returns from WWII and begins experiencing unexplainable symptoms shortly thereafter. He travels to the famous Winter Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, where he meets Devereux (Amalric), thus beginning a professional and personal friendship guided by compassion and understanding of Native American culture.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryArgentina, France, Spain
CharactersLesbians, Judge, Puppies
StyleSoulful, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy

A desperate love story between two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Belgium, Algeria, USA
CharactersFriends, Sheriffs
PlotLove, Motorcycles, Friendship
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Depressive

A convict is released from prison in a small town in New Mexico. 18 years ago he killed a deputy. The then-and-now sheriff seeks revenge.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco
CharactersPoor
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Motorcycles, Death
PlacePrison
StyleAction, By books, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

The film follows two brothers over the course of a decade. While they begin as kids in search of thrills in the sprawling slums of Morocco’s Sidi Moumen, we witness their gradual, and ultimately shocking, radicalisation.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography
CountryBelgium, France
CharactersArtists, Friends, Artists
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Art, Success
PlaceParis, France
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating

They loved each other with the ardor of thirteen-year-old boys. Rebellion and curiosity, hopes and doubts, girls and dreams of glory – they shared it all. Paul was rich, Emile poor. They went skinny-dipping, drank absinthe, starved, only to overeat. Sketched models by day, caressed them by night... Now, Paul is a painter and Emile a writer. Glory has passed Paul by. But Emile has it all: fame, money, the perfect wife, whom Paul once loved. They judge each other, admire each other, confront each other. They lose touch, meet up again, like a couple who cannot stop loving each other.





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