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It All Starts Today (1999)
 7.4
 3K
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, contemplative
Plot: teacher, kindergarten, dedicated educator, teachers and students, life is a bitch, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, society, social worker, small town, realism, social relations, idealism, bittersweet, social decay, small town life, hopes, power relations, school, artist, party, schoolboy, suicide, poverty, child ...
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, youth, family relations, school, life is a bitch and power relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like It All Starts Today: Detachment (2011), I Am from Titov Veles (2007), A Child Is Waiting (1963), Manpower (2014), Taking Back Our Town (2001). 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, bleak, depressing, serious ...
Plot: teacher, depression, teachers and students, suicide, dedicated educator, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
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: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, family problems, society, daydreamer, family relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, adult virgin, small town, sexual content, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
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40%
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, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, dedicated educator, hopes, human spirit, bittersweet, thanksgiving, family problems, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 61
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: realistic, sincere, touching, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, moral dilemma, human nature, life is a bitch, realism, interracial relations, immigrants, discrimination, society, hopes, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, terminal illness, society, obsessive quest, hopes, social relations, small town, church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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32%
 7.5
 5K
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, serious ...
Plot: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, dealing with death, youth, hopes, death in the family, human nature, family problems, child, death, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, provence, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 317
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: realistic, serious, sexy, sexual, touching
Plot: idealism, school, teacher, teachers and students, mentally unstable, hardcase students, rebellion, youth, society, romance, dedicated educator, power relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: mind bending, tense, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: school, teacher, dedicated educator, mischievous children, mentally unstable, youth, disorder, power relations, teachers and students, nudity (full frontal - brief), schoolboy, sea ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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28%
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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: uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: high school, teacher, juvenile delinquency, bad attitude, urban ghetto, undisciplined, gain trust, power relations, idealism, high school life, city life, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: serious, sincere, emotional, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, fish out of water, society, misfit, workplace, hardcase students, unsupportive coworkers, workplace situations, idealism, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, friends, society, parents and children, social decay, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 35K
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, high school life, school, social relations, self discovery, workplace, interracial relations, teenage life, society, french, dedicated educator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 117
Sheep (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a small French town is rocked by a bizarre incident.
Style: serious, stylized, sincere, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, workplace, youth, teenage life, workplace situations, realism, small town, social relations, restaurant, small town life, friends, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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26%
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: atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: working class, against the odds, social decay, follow your dream, society, social relations, small town, family relations, worker, strike, class struggle, widow ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
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26%
 7.5
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, suspense ...
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, fighting the system, alcoholic mother, hopes, youth, society, dedicated educator, rebellion, hardcase students, teachers and students, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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26%
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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: tense, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: graphic violence, obsession, vengeance, cons and scams, on the road, redemption, innocence lost, arson, dysfunctional family, parents and children, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: family gatherings, family relations, couples, love and romance, youth, contests and competitions, introspection, depressed woman, school, high school, commitment, dysfunctional couple ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, lyon
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.7
 350
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: realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: multiple sclerosis, housewife, boarding school, misfit, youth, society, hopes, love and romance, romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.8
 510
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, touching, non-linear ...
Plot: gay, aids, hiv, human spirit, rising to stardom, fighting the system, ambition, tv show, terminal illness, idealism, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: cuba, usa, miami, latin america, san francisco ...
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25%
 6.9
 2K
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: sincere, serious, gloomy, tense, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, deadend life, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, society, unwanted pregnancy, vengeance, drug abuse, babies and infants, urban ghetto, realism, baby ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, serious, bleak, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, orphan, social decay, youth, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, captivating, touching, emotional
Plot: factory, single parent, life is a bitch, workplace, unemployment, society, hopes, family problems, family relations, parents and children, working class, isolation ...
Place: france, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 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: realistic, serious, touching, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: interracial relations, forbidden love, island, social differences, small town, fall in love, parents and children, small town life, estrangement, couples, social relations, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: political unrest, high school life, workplace, youth, rebellion, society, teachers and students, against the rules, social relations, workplace situations, responsibility, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.3
 209
The Beat (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A new kid moves into a tough neighborhood controlled by gangs, and tries to teach them poetry.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, fighting the system, youth, idealism, rebellion, dedicated educator, society, life is a bitch, crimes, stoners ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: surreal, serious, atmospheric, captivating, tense ...
Plot: teenage life, introspection, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch, society, youth, escape from reality, teenage love, social decay, misfit, social misfits ...
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 925
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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: convent, religions or cults, family relations, suburbs, suburban life, hopes, artists and showbiz, clergy, society, lifestyle, priest, death ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be married to the job so that it is a surprise when, on a walking ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: boarding school, dedicated educator, tragic hero, society, idealism, social differences, friendship, youth, family relations, teachers and students, husband wife relationship, school ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, year 1914, edwardian era
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Few Days of Respite (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Mohsen teaches French at the University of Tehran, and Hassan is a photographer. Mohsen and Hassan are also lovers, and in Iran they live in fear, as homosexuality is punishable by death. Tired of denying their love, Mohsen and Hassan flee Iran to ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, small town, friends, couples, love affair, couple relations, human nature, introspection, hopes, love and romance, bittersweet, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: serious, thought provoking, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, human nature, life is a bitch, addiction, urban ghetto life, hopes, starting over, misfit, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, high maintenance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, canada, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%