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The Sea Wall (2008)
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The Sea Wall (2008)
Original name: Un barrage contre le Pacifique
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Cambodia, Belgium
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The film centers around a young French widow and her two adolescent children attempt to carve out a meager life for themselves by farming rice fields alongside the ocean in French Indo-China in the 1930's. Their efforts are hampered each year by the presence of the sea, which invariably floods the fields with saltwater and wipes out the crops. In desperation, the mother realizes that their only hope lies in the construction of a sea wall to prevent continued flooding, but the mother must cut a swath through the local bureaucracy in an almost Sisyphean attempt to make this happen. Meanwhile, her obstinate daughter, Suzanne, draws the romantic obsessions of a well-to-do Chinese gentleman, Monsieur Jo; though he could easily provide a way out, the possibility of a romantic relationship between Jo and Suzanne could just as easily fall prey to local racial prejudices that would damage or ruin the lives of both.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, serious, realistic, sexual, sexy, stylized, semi autobiographical
Plot: fighting the system, social differences, righting the wronged, teenage life, youth, family relations, rich and poor, parents and children, interracial relations, love and romance, rebellion, fall in love, hopes, society, farm, forces of nature, corruption, mother daughter relationship, dam, landowner, lack of money, rice field, forbidden love, coming of age, strong female presence ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: cambodia, asia, indochina

Most similar movies to The Sea Wall

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about society, family relations, youth, love and romance, parents and children, coming of age and teenage life mostly in Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Sea Wall: Chocolate (1988), Under the Protection of Ka'Bah (2011), Birdwatchers (2008), Same Same But Different (2009), Rambling Rose (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, racism, colonialism, coming of age, culture clash, parents and children, social differences, jazz, discrimination, strong female presence, profanity, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france, paris france
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Under the Protection of Ka'Bah (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Growing up in West Sumatra in the 1920s, Hamid and Zainab comes from families from very different social classes. Hamid is poor, while Zainab is wealthy. Hamid receives a scholarship from Zainab’s father and Hamid’s mother works for Zainab’s ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, rich and poor, social differences, parents and children, teenage life, youth, romance, society, love and romance, religions or cults, islam
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: indonesia
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Birdwatchers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, the present. When a young Guarani-Kaiowá woman commits suicide, Nádio leads his community to form a protest camp on the borders of a local farm that sits on their ancestral burial ground.
Style: serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: culture clash, rebellion, interracial relations, indians, teenage life, hopes, life is a bitch, fighting the system, dishonesty, power relations, injustice, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
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Same Same But Different (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: love affair, unlikely couple, hopes, interracial relations, fall in love, culture clash, couples, life is a bitch, social differences, youth, society, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cambodia, asia, europe, germany
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42%
Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: erotic, sexy, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, parents and children, introspection, romance, youth, fall in love, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1971, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
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Faith (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: introspection, self discovery, haunted by the past, against the rules, family relations, rebellion, love and romance, youth, forbidden love, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
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34%
Let the Wind Blow (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A collegian in turbulent Mumbai attempts to improve his lifestyle.
Style: sincere, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: destiny, follow your dream, working class, rich and poor, political unrest, family relations, youth, state affairs, hopes, society, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, india
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33%
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Anonymes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tunisia, Switzerland, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A teenager unwittingly reveals a terrible family secret to her new neighbors.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, sentimental, contemplative ...
Plot: teenage life, family life, coming of age, family relations, hopes, parents and children, siblings relations, introspection, self discovery, mother daughter relationship, celebrity culture, society ...
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Home (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) and Michel (Olivier Gourmet) live with their three children in a remote house next to an abandoned highway using it as an extension to their property. One day without warning, construction workers begin to upgrade the road ...
Style: stylized, captivating, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: fighting the system, family relations, life turned upside down, privacy invasion, parents and children, family life, eccentric family, society, rebellion, countryside, highway, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Confetti Harvest (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dorsvloer vol Confetti tells the story of young Katelijne, who grows up in a religious family in the countryside in Zeeland. Based on the novel by Franca Treur.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, farm, parents and children, family relations, religions or cults, society, village, village life, teenage girl, church, wedding, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: belgium, netherlands
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31%
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Go (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Isao Yukisada spins this gritty coming-of-age tale about Sugihara, a Japanese-born, third-generation Korean who struggles to find a place in a society that will not accept him. The film begins with Sugihara studying at a Korean junior high school ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic
Plot: racism, coming of age, teenage love, youth, society, fish out of water, parents and children, high school life, boxing, teenage life, social differences, sport team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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31%
I'm Gonna Explode (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible, right-leaning congressman. Recently enrolled in a new high school, the rebellious teen clumsily attempts to hang ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, teenage love, friendship, romance, love and romance, youth, society, on the road, social differences, rebellion, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Father's Choice (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: teenage life, family life, parents and children, family problems, single parent, youth, love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, estrangement, farm, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
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29%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, opposites attract, immigrants, family relations, friends, friendship, family life, human nature, coming of age, youth, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
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Vicious Circle (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: Shot on digital , HD and 8 mm. Filmed through both sides of North America. 'Vicious Circle' pushes the limits of what can be accomplished on a bike. Featuring the first ever 65 foot 'Double Road Gap' , some of the gnarliest ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: false accusation, fall in love, teenage life, lifestyle, society, love and romance, family relations, destructive relationship, youth, teenage boy, father son relationship, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
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29%
Other Voices, Other Rooms (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Truman Capote's semi-autobiographical first novel about coming of age in the Deep South during the 1930s centers on 13-year-old Joel Sansom (David Speck), who reunites with his estranged father at the family's shabby plantation, where he ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: forbidden love, coming of age, under the surface, family relations, estate, small town life, parents and children, fall in love, innocence lost, self discovery, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
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28%
Thicker Than Water (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After the death of her father, Natalie Travers (Melissa Gilbert) discovers he was married to a rodeo star before he married Natalie’s mother. Upset that her father kept part of his life a secret from her and bewildered over how a prominent judge ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, self discovery, fall in love, lifestyle, dishonesty, hopes, society, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, farm, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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28%
Jacquou the Rebel (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1815, young Jacquou lives an idyllic peasant life with his parents in the Périgord region of France. But one day, his childhood happiness is cruelly ended when his father is arrested, after a dispute with the arrogant Count de Nansac. With ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: vengeance, forbidden love, young lovers, adventure, haunted by the past, rivalry, love and romance, rebelliousness, rich and poor, orphan, injustice, rebellion ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, europe
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28%
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The God of Wood (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Yao (Madi Diocou) and Moroccan Rachid (Soufiane Ouaarab) arrive illegally in Valencia, Spain, and separate. Yao sells pirated DVDs in the street and wanders disconsolately around the barrio until he glimpses divorcee Maria Luisa (Marisa Paredes) ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, love and romance, gender, fall in love, parents and children, family relations, lifestyle, society, sexuality, misfit, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
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27%
Charms for the Easy Life (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.
Style: sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, small town life, family relations, family life, fall in love, homecoming, estrangement, healing power, crumbling marriage, love and romance, dysfunctional family, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: north carolina, usa
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26%
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Jess + Moss (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, contemplative, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: farm, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, self discovery, youth, love and romance, society, hopes, memory, brunette, tape recorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kentucky
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26%
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Lena (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: leaving home, coming of age, teenage love, parents and children, teenage life, physical appearance, family relations, family problems, youth, teenager, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
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26%
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Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, self discovery, teenage life, racism, youth, social differences, lacrosse, high school life, family relations, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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26%
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Booky's Crush (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Thomsons - parents Thomas and Francie, and children Willa, Arthur, Beatrice (nicknamed Booky) and Jakey - are a loving working class family living in the Depression era in Toronto. Arthur is showing aptitude in drawing, and although his parents ...
Style: feel good, sincere, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: family relations, teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, romance, youth, family, society, family life, working class, parents and children, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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25%
Everyday People (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The closing of a local restaurant concerns a number of employees who've dedicated their lives to the eatery
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: workplace romance, interracial relations, restaurant, fighting the system, workplace, social differences, love and romance, society, hopes, social relations, family relations, workplace situations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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25%
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Illegal (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, social differences, fighting the system, rebellion, injustice, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, immigrants, hopes, society, hidden identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
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25%
Great Expectations (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Charles Dickens' classic tale of Pip, a poor orphan who befriends an escaped convict and who grows up in the company of a bitter old woman, Miss Havisham, and her haughty young ward, Estella. Pip learns the rewards of both vindictiveness and ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: rich and poor, society, orphan, romance, boarding school life, destiny, unfulfilled love, teaching the ways of the world, social differences, haunted by the past, obsession, youth ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian
Place: england
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25%
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Cold Water (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An outer suburb of Paris, 1972. Gilles and Christine, both sixteen, are classmates and lovers who have become frustrated with the aloofness of their families and the general monotony of their lives. When the pair are caught shoplifting, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: youth, family relations, romance, rebelliousness, unfulfilled love, teenage life, parents and children, kids in trouble, unfulfillment, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dysfunctional family, coming of age ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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25%
My Friend Victoria (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Aged eight, Victoria spends a night in the home of a wealthy white family; years later, she encounters them again and her life is changed forever.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: interracial couple, family life, adoption, hopes, family relations, society, youth, parents and children, destiny, rich and poor, class differences, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france
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25%
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Raja (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, Raja is a cross-cultural drama ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: opposites attract, unlikely couple, fall in love, social differences, couples, youth, orphan, romance, society, love and romance, unfulfilled love, rich and poor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa
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25%