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Incendies (2010)
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Incendies (2010)

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring… love. (Read More)

Themes:
incest torture prison rape 
Locations:
swimming pool french canada bus 
Characters:
pregnant from rape french canadian sniper christian brother sister relationship tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
year 1970 year 2009 
Story:
last will and testament incest rape true identity revealed twin brother and sister political assassination christian muslim conflict mother son incest prison cell lebanese civil war mathematics teacher burned out building missing baby unknown son baby delivery torturerer β€¦militiamen mathematics class disclosure past and present unknown father testament notary person in car trunk shaving head cross cultural missing son past life mathematician montreal quebec sharpshooter refugee camp interpreter veil unwanted pregnancy checkpoint newborn baby man in swimsuit roadblock militia voice over letter middle east orphanage identity twin blindfold university assassination nonlinear timeline massacre shot in the back swimming secret shot in the head based on play photograph bare chested male one word title flashback  (See All)

Black Book (2006)
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Black Book (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied tro…ops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. (Read More)

Themes:
torture prison 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
christian brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
prison cell notary checkpoint roadblock identity massacre secret shot in the head photograph bare chested male one word title flashback 

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Munich (2005)
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Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife… is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
refugee camp middle east blindfold assassination massacre shot in the back secret shot in the head photograph bare chested male one word title flashback 

21 Grams (2003)
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21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-con…vict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
christian tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
prison cell mathematician nonlinear timeline swimming secret photograph flashback 

Alex Cross (2012) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Themes:
torture prison rape 
Characters:
sniper brother sister relationship tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
assassination shot in the back shot in the head bare chested male flashback 

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White Oleander (2002)
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White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madl…y in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
christian brother sister relationship tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
nonlinear timeline shot in the back swimming secret photograph flashback 

Shooter (2007)
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Shooter (2007)

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the Pre…sident of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Characters:
sniper 
Story:
political assassination sharpshooter assassination secret shot in the head photograph bare chested male one word title flashback 

The Interpreter (2005)
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The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's lif…e is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. (Read More)

Locations:
bus 
Characters:
sniper brother sister relationship 
Story:
interpreter assassination massacre swimming secret shot in the head photograph flashback 

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16 Blocks (2006) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choos…e between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Locations:
bus 
Characters:
sniper brother sister relationship 
Story:
last will and testament sharpshooter voice over letter shot in the back photograph bare chested male flashback 

Blood Diamond (2006)
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Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life cha…nges forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:
torture rape 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
brother sister relationship tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
refugee camp militia orphanage massacre shot in the back shot in the head photograph 

Hitman (2007)
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Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn'…t anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Characters:
sniper 
Story:
person in car trunk assassination nonlinear timeline shot in the back secret shot in the head bare chested male one word title flashback 

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American Sniper (2014)
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American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs i…n order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Characters:
sniper mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
nonlinear timeline massacre shot in the back shot in the head photograph bare chested male flashback 

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a… covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
twin assassination nonlinear timeline shot in the back secret shot in the head photograph flashback 

Hotel Rwanda (2004)
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

1994. In Rwanda, the classification of the native population into Hutus and Tutsis, arbitrarily done by the colonial Belgians, is now ingrained within Rwandan mentality despite the Rwandan independence. Despite the Belgians having placed the Tutsis in a higher position during the Belgian rule, they …have placed the majority Hutus in power after independence. 'Paul Rusesabagina' (qv), a Hutu married to a Tutsi, Tatiana Rusesabagina, is the House Manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali. The Milles Collines, owned by Sabena (the national airline of Belgium), is a four-star hotel catering primarily to wealthy white westerners. Paul, who knows how to work the system to run the hotel effectively for its guests and for Sabena, is proud that most of the Caucasians who he meets in this professional capacity treat him with respect. After a specific incident, the relative calm between the Tutsi guerrillas and government-backed Hutu militia takes a turn. Paul's thought that the native population as a whole who are not directly involved in the conflict will be protected as the UN peacekeeping forces and thus the world is watching doesn't happen as the western world largely evacuates from Rwanda and abandons the natives. Such begins what will become a genocide of the Tutsi population. Paul, who is able to get his immediate family to the hotel which is still largely seen as a place of sanctuary, will have to use the considerable skills he has used to run the hotel as well as he ha… (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
refugee camp militia orphanage assassination massacre photograph 

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
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Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northea…st - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Characters:
sniper tattoo family relationships 
Story:
prison cell roadblock voice over letter shot in the back shot in the head photograph bare chested male flashback 

The Reader (2008)
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The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna love…s being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
last will and testament university nonlinear timeline swimming secret photograph bare chested male flashback 

Savages (2012) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Savages (2012)

In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead l…over Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other - Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia. (Read More)

Themes:
torture rape 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
sniper mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
nonlinear timeline shot in the back secret shot in the head bare chested male one word title flashback 

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13 Hours (2016)
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13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to t…he area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
tattoo mother daughter relationship family relationships 
Story:
man in swimsuit roadblock militia massacre shot in the back shot in the head photograph bare chested male 

Cloud Atlas (2012)
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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apoc…alyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
brother sister relationship family relationships 
Story:
last will and testament past life voice over letter nonlinear timeline shot in the back secret photograph bare chested male flashback 

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
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The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan…, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
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Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:
torture rape 
Characters:
sniper mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
voice over letter nonlinear timeline massacre shot in the back photograph flashback 

Hostage (2005)
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Hostage (2005)

Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator, has moved himself away from his failed career outside of Los Angeles, and away from his wife and daughter when three perpetrators move in on an unsuspecting family. But the family's father has a secret which might compromise his kin, and one of the crim…inals is about to jump over the edge. Jeff Talley has to get everybody to survive the night......if he can. (Read More)

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swimming pool 
Characters:
sniper family relationships 
Story:
massacre shot in the back secret shot in the head one word title 

Tell No One (2006)
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Tell No One (2006)

The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Al…ex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. (Read More)

Themes:
torture rape 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
assassination nonlinear timeline shot in the back swimming secret photograph bare chested male flashback 

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Valkyrie (2008)
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Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convince…d he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
checkpoint assassination shot in the back swimming shot in the head photograph one word title 

In A Better World (2010) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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In A Better World (2010)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who… have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Read More)

Characters:
christian tattoo mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
missing son refugee camp veil militia swimming photograph bare chested male one word title 

Rendition (2007)
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Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs… for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:
torture prison 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
prison cell middle east shot in the back photograph bare chested male flashback 

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The Bourne Identity (2002)
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The Bourne Identity (2002)

Based very loosely on Robert Ludlum's novel, the Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as a Swiss bank account, the number of which is impla…nted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is - and why he is being hunted. (Read More)

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sniper 
Story:
political assassination identity assassination shot in the back bare chested male flashback 

Enemy At The Gates (2001)
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Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The… political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Characters:
sniper mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
sharpshooter massacre shot in the back shot in the head photograph flashback 

Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy wei…ghs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:
incest prison rape 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Story:
identity secret photograph bare chested male flashback 

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Body Of Lies (2008)
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Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all ov…er Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
refugee camp middle east blindfold shot in the back secret shot in the head photograph flashback 

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Taking place in the American Northwest in the early 1880s, the film dramatizes the last seven months in the life of famed outlaw Jesse James, beginning with the Blue Cut train robbery of 1881 and culminating in his assassination at the hands of Robert Ford the following April. In the time between th…ese two fateful events, the young and jealous Ford befriends the increasingly mistrustful outlaw, even as he plots his demise. (Read More)

Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
assassination shot in the back shot in the head 

Children Of Men (2006)
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Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate jo…urney to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
tattoo mother son relationship 
Story:
refugee camp checkpoint newborn baby blindfold massacre shot in the head photograph 

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Traffic (2000) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Traffic (2000)

An intertwined drama about the United States' war on drugs, seen through the eyes of a once conservative judge, now newly-appointed drug czar, his crack-addicted daughter, two DEA agents, a jailed drug kingpin's wife, and a Mexican cop who begins to question his boss's motives.

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
sniper 
Story:
assassination shot in the back one word title flashback 

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violen…t war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:
torture prison 
Characters:
sniper mother daughter relationship 
Period:
year 1970 
Story:
prison cell roadblock middle east assassination shot in the head photograph bare chested male flashback 

Proof (2005)
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Proof (2005)

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settl…e his affairs. (Read More)

Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
mathematician university nonlinear timeline based on play one word title flashback 

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Dogtooth (2009)
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Dogtooth (2009)

Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 't…he sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina disturbs the domestic balance. (Read More)

Themes:
incest 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
person in car trunk man in swimsuit twin blindfold secret bare chested male one word title 

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

While attending a medical conference in Paris, American physician Dr. Ben McKenna, his wife, retired musical theater actress and singer Jo McKenna nee Conway, and their adolescent son Hank McKenna decide to take a side trip to among other places Marrekesh, French Morocco. With a knife plunged into h…is back, Frenchman Louis Bernard, who the family met earlier in their bus ride into Marrakesh and who is now masquerading as an Arab, approaches Ben, cryptically whispering into Ben's ears that there will be an attempted assassination in London of a statesman, this news whispered just before Bernard dies. Ben is reluctant to provide any information of this news to the authorities because concurrently Hank is kidnapped by British couple, Edward and Lucy Drayton, who also befriended the McKennas in Marrakesh and who probably have taken Hank out of the country back to England. Whoever the unknown people the Draytons are working for have threatened to kill Hank if Ben divulges any information told to him by Bernard. With what little information they have on hand, Ben and Jo head to London to try and thwart the assassination attempt and more importantly find an alive and safe Hank. Scotland Yard is aware of some pieces to the puzzle, including the fact that Bernard was a French secret service agent and that there will be an assassination attempt on someone. They and the McKennas will have to work together as they hit a diplomatic roadblock, one that may be overcome with a special Jo Con… (Read More)

Locations:
bus 
Characters:
sniper mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
veil roadblock assassination secret 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enor…mous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
brother sister relationship tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
last will and testament nonlinear timeline secret photograph bare chested male flashback 

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The Accountant (2016)
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The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, star…ting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:
torture prison 
Characters:
sniper christian brother sister relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
assassination nonlinear timeline shot in the back shot in the head photograph bare chested male flashback 

The Experiment (2001)
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The Experiment (2001)

The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to …follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority. (Read More)

Themes:
torture prison rape 
Story:
prison cell university nonlinear timeline shot in the head photograph flashback 

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, t…hey band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Characters:
sniper christian mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
man in swimsuit shot in the back shot in the head bare chested male 

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CachΓ© (2005)
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CachΓ© (2005)

Set in France, Georges is a TV Literary Reviewer and lives in a small yet modern town house with his wife Ann, a publisher and his young son Pierrot. They begin to receive video tapes through the post of their house and family, along side obscure child-like drawings. They visit the police with hope …of aid to find the stalker, but as there is no direct threat, they refuse to help. As the tapes become more personal, Georges takes it upon himself to figure out who is putting through his family through such horror. A true Michael Haneke Classic. (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
orphanage nonlinear timeline massacre swimming secret one word title 

Jackie (2016)
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Jackie (2016)

Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then 'Jacqueline Kennedy (I)' (qv). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary d…ignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. (Read More)

Characters:
sniper 
Story:
political assassination assassination nonlinear timeline shot in the head one word title flashback 

White House Down (2013)
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White House Down (2013)

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, wit…h the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
sniper tattoo mother daughter relationship 
Story:
political assassination shot in the back secret shot in the head 

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Hunger (2008) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost …limit. (Read More)

Themes:
torture prison 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
prison cell shot in the head photograph bare chested male one word title flashback 

Splice (2009)
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Splice (2009)

Two young rebellious scientists are told by their employers to halt groundbreaking work that has seen them produce new creatures with medical benefits by splicing together multiple organisms' DNA. They decide to secretly continue their work, but this time splicing in human DNA.

Themes:
rape 
Characters:
pregnant from rape mother daughter relationship 
Story:
incest rape mother son incest photograph bare chested male one word title flashback 

Gran Torino (2008)
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Gran Torino (2008)

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 19…72 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. (Read More)

Themes:
incest rape 
Locations:
bus 
Characters:
brother sister relationship tattoo mother daughter relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
last will and testament incest rape bare chested male 

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Gone Girl (2014)
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Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark …question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Locations:
swimming pool 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
twin brother and sister twin nonlinear timeline secret photograph flashback 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) is one of the best movies like Incendies (2010)
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:
incest torture 
Locations:
swimming pool bus 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship 
Story:
nonlinear timeline shot in the back swimming shot in the head flashback 

Seven Sisters (2017)
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Seven Sisters (2017)

In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy, seven identical sisters (all of them portrayed by Noomi Rapace) live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicol…ette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home. (Read More)

Themes:
prison 
Characters:
sniper 
Story:
identity nonlinear timeline secret shot in the head bare chested male flashback 

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