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Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime
CharactersPhotographers, Partners
PlaceParis, France
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Paris, France. Fred and his colleagues, members of the BPM, the Police Child Protection Unit, dedicated to pursuing all sorts of offenses committed against the weakest, must endure the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer commissioned to graphically document the daily routine of the team.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryRomania, USA, Italy, Poland, France
CharactersDogs, Military
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Dancing, Bank robbery, Money
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: 7.7
CharactersTeachers, Artists, Pupils, Losers, Parents
PlotLove, Love triangle, Depression, Parenting
PlaceVillage, School, Mountains, USSR, Party
StylePsychological problems, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching, Depressive

A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, history, sport
PlotOn real events, Sports, Obsession, Split personality, Mental disorders
TimeDark ones
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense

The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, drama
CharactersChildrens, Losers, Fish, Poor
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe—for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

Markimdb: 6.4
PlotObsession, Friendship, Loneliness, Death, Depression
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.

Markimdb: 6.8
CountryGermany, France, Turkey
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Depressive

A woman struggles with love and personal loss against the backdrop of a land torn by civil war in this drama from filmmaker Ozcan Alper. Sumru (Gaye Gursel) is a Turkish woman who studies ethnic music at a college in Istanbul and frequently makes field recordings of artists who practice rare and unusual forms. Sumru is struggling with loneliness after the disappearance of her Kurdish boyfriend, and for her latest project, she sets out on a lengthy road trip recording the stories of Kurdish women who have survived the murder of their Turkish husbands or lovers, hoping she might track down her man in her travels. After making her first stop in the city of Diyarbaki, Sumru meets Ahmet, who makes a living selling black market goods and shares her love of music and history. The two become fast friends, and as Ahmet joins Sumru on her travels, their relationship grows deeper, though she also becomes more aware of the tragedy that has gripped her country and the consequences of the civil war.

Markimdb: 7.6
CountryUnited Kingdom
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship develops to reveal that Hannah is hiding a secret of her own with devastating results on both of their lives.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Smart

During the 1976 Soweto uprising, a white school teacher's life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, sport
CharactersHeroes, Friends
PlotBoxing, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, action, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA
PlotWar, Survival, Apocalypse, Death, Nuclear War
TimePost apocalypse, Cold War
StylePsychological problems, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, crime
PlotInvestigation, Death
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

A boozy lowlife tries to bury the truth about his crazy stepson's suspicious death, but a nosy newspaper columnist and the young man's mother complicate matters.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersMonsters, Gangsters, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Death, Supernatural, Political, Uprising
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged connections with the Mob.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching

Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada, Japan
PlotDepression, Snow
PlaceSmall cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy

A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in him slowly disintegrating mentally.

Markimdb: 7
CharactersTaxi drivers
PlotLove, Friendship, Jealousy, Everyday life
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class society.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryWest Germany, USA
CharactersMonkeys, Jews, Scientists, Students
PlotDancing, Money, Investigation, Political
PlaceHospitals, Germany, Sweden
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantastic, drama
PlotObsession, Death, Family life
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

In the near future, the company, "Menzana" succeeds with the crucial step of transferring personalities for eternal youth. For the aged Hermann and his seriously ill wife, Anna, they both fear the day that death will separate them. At Menzana, they commit to purchasing the bodies of Apolain and Sarah. Under the conditions of the transfer, Hermann and Anna have use of their new bodies for 20 hours a day. When they sleep, their hosts Apolain and Sarah return to consciousness are able to use their own bodies for a period of four hours.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, film noir
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod, leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city's lowlife. The characters who pass through the precinct over the course of the day include a young petty embezzler, a pair of burglars, and a naive shoplifter.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersTerminally ill, Nurses, Sheriffs
PlotLove, Dancing, Obsession, Jealousy, Dreams
PlaceSmall cities
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, Cute, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Duncan Mayor decides the perfect Christmas present for his terminally ill wife, Suzy, is a ride on a real Ferris wheel, set up in their very own back yard. As a young man, it was the perfect place for a wedding proposal. Now, years later, in order to relive the experience with his wife, Duncan will go to any length to make their fantasy become a reality.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryArgentina, Spain, Germany, USA
PlotLove, Death, Depression, Cancer, Adoption
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

Pedro, a humble beekeeper who lives in the mysterious Argentinian region of the Delta del Tigre, travels to Buenos Aires to visit his twin brother Agustín, a successful but troubled pediatrician with marital issues, to give him bad news and ask him for a favor hard to fulfill, a unexpected arrival which will change Agustín's life forever.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, drama, detective
CountryRussia, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, USA, United Kingdom
PlotDeath, Hunger
PlaceRussia, Germany
TimeMiddle Ages, 19th century, 18th century
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Faust inhabits an earthy, 19th-century world of primitive autopsies and medical rituals. He becomes obsessed with the beautiful Margarete and desperately turns to a physically grotesque moneylender to conjure their union.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersTeens, Friends, Poor
PlaceEngland, London
StyleAction, Soulful, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

A thrilling and raw crime drama following a gang of drug dealers in Hackney, London - an honest and gripping rendition of inner-city drug and gang culture.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Italy
CharactersTeens, Street children
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

NEDs (Non Educated Delinquents) is the story of a young man’s journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying teenager. Struggling against the low expectations of those around him, John McGill changes from victim to avenger, scholar to NED, altar boy to glue sniffer. When he attempts to change back again, his new reality and recent past make conformity near impossible and violent self determination near inevitable.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, music
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Bartenders
PlotPassion, Music, Money, Death, Depression
PlaceParty, Night Clubs, New York
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

Shane, a Jersey boy with big dreams, crosses the river in hopes of finding a more exciting life at Studio 54. When Steve Rubell, the mastermind behind the infamous disco, plucks Shane from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not only gets his foot in the door, but lands a coveted job behind the bar – and a front-row seat at the most legendary party on the planet.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Heavy

Cal is a dedicated cop who also serves as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. When his reckless half brother lands in jail for accidentally killing a man, Cal and his buddies hatch a plan to break him out of prison -- no matter what the cost.

Markimdb: 6.8
PlotLife, Family life
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Depressive, Serious

A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring scheme to steal enough money for the two to escape, timed around the chaos of an upcoming Rolling Stones concert. The sensitive younger brother, Brian, ultimately has a choice: remain loyal to the brother with whom he shares a powerful love-hate bond, or use his hidden talent as an artist as his own ticket out of their dead-end existence.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
PlacePrison, Women's Prison
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

A gritty coming of age thriller about a young girl sent to juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive step father. The film follows Anna Nix's journey into the dark world of an all girls jail where she discovers complex relationships, drugs, mental illness and her eventual search for redemption.

Markimdb: 7.3
CharactersDogs, Teens, Friends
PlotLove, Friendship, Death
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching, Depressive

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 member of the group dies. Narrated by one of the children, the film follows the kids as they struggle to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryGermany, Israel, United Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Revenge, Missing people
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy

Ajami is an area of Tel Aviv in Israel where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians live together in a tense atmosphere. Omar, an Israeli Arab, struggles to save his family from a gang of extortionists. He also courts a beautiful Christian girl: Hadir. Malek, an illegal Palestinian worker, tries to collect enough money to pay for his mother's operation. Dando, an Israeli cop, does his utmost to find his missing brother who may have been killed by Palestinians.