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It All Starts Today (1999)
 7.4
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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, kindergarten, dedicated educator, teachers and students, fighting the system, life is a bitch, realism, hopes, dysfunctional family, society, small town life, social worker, small town, idealism, social decay, power relations, social relations, bittersweet, school, child, party, schoolboy, suicide, poverty, artist ...
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, youth, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, school 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), Taking Back Our Town (2001), Manpower (2014). 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, depressing ...
Plot: teachers and students, depression, teacher, suicide, unhappy, social decay, social problems, classroom, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, human relationship, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of North Macedonia, 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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, bleak ...
Plot: social decay, introspection, dysfunctional family, family relations, daydreamer, society, family problems, life is a bitch, small town, adult virgin, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
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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: touching, sincere, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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48%
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: sincere, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: cancer, fighting the system, human spirit, heroic mission, environmentalism, hopes, obsessive quest, society, social relations, terminal illness, small town, church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: touching, realistic, thought provoking, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: working the system, social decay, moral dilemma, human nature, introspection, society, boot camp, immigrants, interracial relations, discrimination, realism, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
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45%
 7.5
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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, psychological ...
Plot: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, human nature, death in the family, dealing with death, youth, hopes, family problems, provence, child, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, sincere, touching, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: couples, family relations, family gatherings, youth, contests and competitions, love and romance, commitment, dysfunctional couple, fear of commitment, self confidence, introspection, depressed woman ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, lyon
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43%
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: serious, realistic, mind bending, tense, bleak ...
Plot: school, teacher, youth, dedicated educator, mentally unstable, teachers and students, power relations, disorder, mischievous children, nudity (full frontal - brief), bloody body of a child, shower ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
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43%
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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: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: high school, juvenile delinquency, teacher, teenage life, city life, gain trust, power relations, reach out, undisciplined, urban ghetto, bad attitude, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: school, idealism, running, teacher, romance, power relations, youth, rebellion, teachers and students, mentally unstable, dedicated educator, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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42%
 7.5
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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, self discovery, workplace, social relations, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
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42%
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: emotional, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, fish out of water, idealism, workplace situations, hardcase students, misfit, workplace, society, unsupportive coworkers, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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42%
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, biting ...
Plot: kids in trouble, fighting the system, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, youth, rebellion, hardcase students, dedicated educator, society, hopes, teachers and students, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
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42%
 6.9
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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, sincere ...
Plot: aids, hiv, ambition, rising to stardom, fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, terminal illness, tv show, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: cuba, latin america, usa, miami, san francisco ...
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: working class, against the odds, social decay, society, follow your dream, social relations, small town, strike, class struggle, worker, family relations, widow ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
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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, friendship, life is a bitch, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, friends, society, social decay, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Sheep (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a small French town is rocked by a bizarre incident.
Style: stylized, sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, youth, workplace, realism, teenage life, workplace situations, social relations, small town, restaurant, small town life, friends, female director ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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41%
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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: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: vengeance, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, redemption, track down, cons and scams, on the road, parents and children, obsession, family problems, estrangement, arson ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe, brittany
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41%
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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: gloomy, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school, housewife, multiple sclerosis, crumbling marriage, youth, unfulfillment, misfit, romance, love and romance, ambition, hopes, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new england
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41%
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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: gloomy, realistic, bleak, tense, serious ...
Plot: immigrants, drug abuse, realism, society, unwanted pregnancy, vengeance, deadend life, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, drugs/alcohol, babies and infants ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, portugal, lisbon portugal
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41%
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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, sexual, sexy
Plot: fall in love, single parent, politics, romance, rivalry, family life, life is a bitch, social decay, ambition, hopes, small town, soccer ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: spain, europe
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40%
 6.9
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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, politics, righting the wronged, teachers and students, lifestyle, fighting the system, dedicated educator, rebelliousness, high school life, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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40%
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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: atmospheric, touching, sincere, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, island, parents and children, small town, forbidden love, small town life, fall in love, social differences, estrangement, social relations, couples, unlikely couple ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, harlem, europe
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40%
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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: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, emotional
Plot: factory, single parent, unemployment, workplace, life is a bitch, society, hopes, family problems, family relations, isolation, working class, parents and children ...
Place: france, europe, south of france
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40%
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, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: political unrest, high school life, rebellion, workplace, youth, society, teachers and students, against the rules, workplace situations, social relations, responsibility, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america
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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: life is a bitch, orphan, youth, social decay, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
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40%
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: atmospheric, serious, surreal, captivating, tense ...
Plot: teenage life, introspection, escape from reality, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, society, youth, teenage love, social decay, small town, social misfits ...
Place: brazil, latin america
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40%
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, sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: boarding school, dedicated educator, tragic hero, social differences, idealism, friendship, society, family relations, youth, teachers and students, husband wife relationship, school ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, edwardian era
Place: england, europe
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40%
 7.3
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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, sincere, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: convent, society, artists and showbiz, hopes, clergy, lifestyle, religions or cults, family relations, suburbs, suburban life, lobster, notebook ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, europe
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The Beat (1987)
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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, fighting the system, youth, idealism, life is a bitch, rebellion, society, dedicated educator, crimes, stoners ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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39%