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It All Starts Today (1999)
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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
Plot: teacher, 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, dedicated educator, power relations, social relations, school, party, suicide, poverty, artist, social criticism, child, sculpture
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, kindergarten, 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, life is a bitch, youth, hopes, power relations, school and teachers and students mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like It All Starts Today: The Rainbow Troops (2008), Detachment (2011), Clockwork Mice (1995), I Am from Titov Veles (2007), To Sir, with Love II (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Rainbow Troops (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the 1970s, a group of 10 students struggles with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the east coast of Sumatra.
Style: gloomy, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: social relations, power relations, uneducated, hopes, teachers and students, dedicated educator, youth, island, idealism, self fulfillment, school, village ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indonesia, asia
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95%
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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, serious, touching ...
Plot: suicide, teachers and students, unhappy, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, social problems, human relationship, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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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: serious, sexual, touching, realistic
Plot: idealism, school, teacher, running, society, hardcase students, romance, dedicated educator, teachers and students, rebellion, power relations, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of 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: sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: social decay, family problems, daydreamer, small town, family relations, dysfunctional family, society, introspection, siblings relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, adult virgin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: high school, teacher, juvenile delinquency, hopes, urban ghetto life, teenage life, dedicated educator, teachers and students, interracial relations, city life, hardcase students, undisciplined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: vengeance, realism, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, urban ghetto, unwanted pregnancy, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, immigrants, babies and infants, society, african ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: portugal, europe, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: sincere, uplifting, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, dedicated educator, human spirit, hopes, social misfits, parents and children, boss and employee, thanksgiving, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: realistic, tense, sincere, bleak, serious ...
Plot: school, teacher, youth, power relations, mentally unstable, disorder, dedicated educator, mischievous children, teachers and students, sea, nightmare, children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: touching, gloomy, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: small town life, couples, island, interracial relations, unlikely couple, parents and children, fall in love, love and romance, social differences, forbidden love, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: sexual, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: family life, small town life, single parent, fall in love, down on your luck, romance, hopes, life is a bitch, human spirit, contests and competitions, social decay, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: gloomy, touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: estrangement, addiction, youth, family problems, redemption, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children, crumbling marriage, hopes, teenage life, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 90s
Place: austria, europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: sincere, thought provoking, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: working the system, interracial relations, life is a bitch, immigrants, hopes, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, urban, moral dilemma, misfit, realism, boot camp ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: working class, small town, social relations, inventions and discoveries, society, follow your dream, small town life, against the odds, social decay, sister sister relationship, strike, fire ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: europe, france
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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, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: teenage life, life is a bitch, friendship, parents and children, high school life, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, school, friends, power relations, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: psychological, emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: love and romance, contests and competitions, family gatherings, family relations, couples, youth, school, dysfunctional couple, self confidence, school teacher, sex talk, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france
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52%
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Cheaters (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High conspires with the school's academic decathlon team to cheat on an academic competition.
Style: offbeat, sincere, clever, serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, power relations, ambition, contests and competitions, teachers and students, hopes, teenage life, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, youth, rivalry, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: realistic, thought provoking, sincere, serious
Plot: church, cancer, heroic mission, doctors and patients, hopes, human spirit, society, terminal illness, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, environmentalism, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.9
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gang, poetry, teenage life, youth, idealism, fighting the system, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, society, rebellion, school, stoners ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, captivating
Plot: factory, single parent, hopes, parents and children, society, social relations, family relations, small town, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, isolation, workplace ...
Place: france, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: sincere, tense, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: high school life, rebellion, society, political unrest, high school, power relations, social relations, workplace, youth, against the rules, workplace situations, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: gloomy, touching, bleak, rough, emotional ...
Plot: family in crisis, siblings relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, addiction, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, society, introspection, human nature, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: talky, realistic, serious, psychological, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, french, high school life, high school, school, respect, student, high school teacher, education, dedicated educator, literature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, caribbean, paris france, morocco ...
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48%
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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: gloomy, touching, tense, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, hopes, cons and scams, vengeance, obsession, arson, family relations, estrangement, track down, innocence lost, mentally unstable, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rehabilitation, single parent, hopes, mute or deaf, teachers and students, parents and children, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, power relations, legal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, small town, introspection, injustice, society, social differences, discrimination, social decay, small town life, arson, social relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, gloomy ...
Plot: bereavement, boarding school, dealing with death, hopes, youth, human nature, death in the family, family problems, child, death, children, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: kindergarten, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: serious, touching, feel good, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: island, school, teacher, racism, society, high school life, college, college life, idealism, power relations, family relations, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, psychological, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, workplace, graduation, idealism, college graduate, unsupportive coworkers, power relations, innocence lost, misfit, fish out of water, high school, dedicated educator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 653
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: gloomy, realistic, dark humor, cynical, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, social decay, unfulfillment, looking for sex, misfit partners, adult virgin, dull life, society, human nature, misfit, life is a bitch, singleness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: fighting the system, against the odds, rebelliousness, injustice, lifestyle, rebellion, discrimination, high school life, society, power relations, righting the wronged, idealism ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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