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It All Starts Today (1999)
 7.4
 2K
It All Starts Today (1999)
Original name: Ça commence aujourd'hui
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role in Capitaine Conan, plays Daniel, the head teacher of a nursery school in a town demoralized by unemployment. Daniel is determined against all odds to bring life to the community. When a parent who has come to pick up her children collapses at the school grounds due to alcohol abuse, and social services turns a deaf ear to all pleas for help, Daniel decides to take the law into his own hands. Despite resistance from the townspeople, in the long run his efforts are not fruitless.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, fighting the system, life is a bitch, realism, hopes, kindergarten, dysfunctional family, society, small town life, social worker, small town, idealism, dedicated educator, social decay, power relations, social relations, bittersweet, school, party, schoolboy, suicide, poverty, artist, social criticism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about society, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, youth, teachers and students and power relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like It All Starts Today: Detachment (2011), A Child Is Waiting (1963), Taking Back Our Town (2001), Clockwork Mice (1995), I Am from Titov Veles (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, depression, suicide, social decay, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, dedicated educator, hopes, human spirit, parents and children, social misfits, boss and employee, youth, thanksgiving ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Taking Back Our Town (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: cancer, heroic mission, human spirit, fighting the system, environmentalism, social relations, obsessive quest, hopes, society, terminal illness, small town, church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.5
 279
Clockwork Mice (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When new teacher Steve Drake joins the faculty at a school for special-needs students, his unorthodox instruction methods raise eyebrows. But attitudes begin to change when he makes a connection with a particularly unruly student.
Style: touching, sexual, sexy, serious, realistic
Plot: idealism, school, teacher, running, power relations, hardcase students, dedicated educator, teachers and students, romance, rebellion, mentally unstable, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Slovenia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Burdened by memories of their late father, three sisters struggle to escape the suffocating environment of the dying town of Veles. A contemporary story of urban decay, „Jas sum od Titov Veles“ employs a stark realism to depict the vivid ...
Style: gloomy, touching, contemplative, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, siblings relations, small town, dysfunctional family, society, introspection, nudity (full frontal - brief), family relations, sexual content, unfulfillment, adult virgin, contamination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
To Sir, with Love II (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: high school, juvenile delinquency, teacher, hopes, city life, urban ghetto life, hardcase students, interracial relations, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
A Week's Holiday (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Laurence, a young schoolteacher from Lyons, takes a week's leave. During the break, she reflects on her career and her personal life.
Style: emotional, serious, contemplative, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: couples, youth, family relations, family gatherings, love and romance, contests and competitions, school, dysfunctional couple, high school, fear of commitment, self confidence, sex talk ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, lyon
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.5
 4K
Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, death in the family, family problems, human nature, hopes, dealing with death, youth, provence, child, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Who Saw Him Die? (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sören Mårtensson is a middle school teacher. His classroom occupied by half-grown children. His work is tormenting him and at night he is haunted by nightmares.
Style: tense, sincere, psychological, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: school, teacher, mentally unstable, disorder, mischievous children, dedicated educator, teachers and students, youth, nudity (full frontal - brief), power relations, classroom, nightmare ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 469
Pedro (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An intimate biopic of Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive Cuban-American, who was cast for the MTV reality show, The Real World: San Francisco, in 1994. Due to his experience on the Real World, Pedro became a celebrity and a sympathetic face of the AIDS ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: aids, hiv, human spirit, fighting the system, ambition, rising to stardom, life is a bitch, hopes, idealism, society, tv show, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: cuba, usa, latin america, miami, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, friendship, life is a bitch, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, family relations, social decay, family problems, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
 1K
Ossos (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Denmark
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby’s safety to the troubled, deadbeat father, whose violent actions take the viewer on a tour of the foreboding, crumbling shantytown in which they live.
Style: realistic, tense, sincere, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: immigrants, realism, vengeance, unwanted pregnancy, drug abuse, urban ghetto, drugs/alcohol, society, deadend life, babies and infants, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: portugal, europe, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Forest for the Trees (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.
Style: sincere, psychological, serious, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: teacher, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, fish out of water, society, misfit, idealism, unsupportive coworkers, hardcase students, workplace situations, workplace, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.7
 324
Eden (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Story of a New England boys' school and of one of the students who is infatuated with an instructor's wife who has Multiple Sclerosis. The woman struggles to show her strict husband how love rather than demands helps the student to ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, housewife, multiple sclerosis, fall in love, teachers and students, love and romance, romance, doctors and patients, relationship vs career, hopes, power relations, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.9
 803
The Goalkeeper (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ramiro Forteza is a Premier League goalkeeper whom the Civil War and the rigors of the war led to make a living visiting villages and challenging locals to mark him penalty goals. One evening he arrives to a town in Asturias and meets Manuela, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sexy, sexual
Plot: fall in love, ambition, politics, rivalry, social decay, family life, single parent, life is a bitch, romance, hopes, small town, nationalism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.5
 1K
The Nephew (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Twenty years ago, Tony Egan's sister went to America. Nobody ever heard of her again. But now, the message of her death arrives in her town of birth. Only days later, her only son Chad arrives, too. Obviously, his mother took a black husband. ...
Style: touching, gloomy, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, small town, estrangement, forbidden love, fall in love, love and romance, unlikely couple, parents and children, island, society, social differences, small town life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, harlem, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Goodbye Gary Cooper (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Au milieu de nulle part, une cité ouvrière vidée de sa population depuis quelques années déjà. Pourtant, certains habitants ont décidé d'y rester, plus par choix que par nécessité, parce que c'est là qu'ils sont nés et ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, captivating
Plot: factory, single parent, social relations, family relations, working class, workplace, family problems, small town life, isolation, unemployment, society, life is a bitch ...
Place: france, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.0
 49
Manpower (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An intelligent social issues drama, Manpower sketches a portrait of four men in crisis. Moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, the film raises questions of belonging and uprooting, exile and emigration, home and family. Meir Cohen is a ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, suspense, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: moral dilemma, urban, misfit, society, introspection, human nature, working the system, life is a bitch, hopes, crumbling marriage, discrimination, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 6.6
 2K
Elisa (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she ...
Style: sincere, tense, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: arson, dysfunctional family, redemption, vengeance, mentally unstable, innocence lost, obsession, estrangement, dishonesty, track down, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
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Walkout (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: discrimination, society, rebellion, teachers and students, politics, righting the wronged, fighting the system, rebelliousness, dedicated educator, lifestyle, against the odds, high school life ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Under the Pines (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young widow wants to carry on with her husband's work:managing a pine plantation where they extract resin;but most of all,she wants to have electricity installed in her valuable property.In this place,it seems that 1789 never happened and ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: working class, social decay, small town life, social relations, inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, society, against the odds, small town, class struggle, superstition, forest fire ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Famous and the Dead (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a small town in the countryside in the south of Brazil, a teenager that uses the codename Mr. Tambourine Man spends his time in Internet, at school, smoking pot with his best friend Diego and with his dysfunctional mother. He dreams on leaving ...
Style: gloomy, surreal, tense, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, hopes, mysterious character, misfit, society, introspection, small town, bittersweet, life is a bitch, social misfits, folk, love and romance ...
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 33K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: sincere, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, school, school life, social relations, self discovery, workplace, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.3
 784
Therese (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of "the little way" to God are shown clearly, using plain ...
Style: gloomy, touching, contemplative, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: convent, clergy, religions or cults, family relations, artists and showbiz, suburban life, hopes, lifestyle, society, suburbs, self harm, tuberculosis ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: orphan, life is a bitch, society, social decay, youth, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.6
 1K
Behavior (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Meet Chala, an eleven year-old boy with a hard life and strong respect for Carmela, his sixth grade teacher. The pair develops a solid bond, but after Carmela suffers an accident, things get complicated…
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, suspense ...
Plot: youth, fighting the system, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, hardcase students, society, rebellion, urban ghetto life, teachers and students, dedicated educator, hopes, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
All Is Forgiven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor lives in Vienna with Annette, his beautiful Austrian wife and their daughter Pamela. It’s spring. Fleeing his work, Victor spends his days outside: he plays with Pamela, pays a visit to Annette’s parents, loiters in the park with the drug ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy
Plot: unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, estrangement, redemption, addiction, teenage life, family problems, family relations, creative block ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, austria, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, human nature, starting over, misfit, addiction, hopes, urban ghetto life, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, canada, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 675
Whatever (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: It is a story of a depressed, isolated man stuck in a tedious but well-paying programming job.
Style: cynical, realistic, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Plot: social decay, first sex, midlife crisis, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, singleness, workplace situations, obsession, satire, emotionless, programmer, partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Invisible Eye (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France, Spain
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spying on her students, a teacher finds an exciting hobby.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: political unrest, high school life, society, rebellion, workplace, youth, teachers and students, against the rules, workplace situations, responsibility, high school, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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