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Ciske the Rat (1984)
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Ciske the Rat (1984)
Original name: Ciske de Rat
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Lovable Amsterdam street urchin, 11 year old Ciske is nevertheless much in need of love as the German 1955 title suggests. He is a scamp with a heart of gold. He causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one of the only children to befriend him and is bullied as a result. His mother works in a bar and Ciske helps out often late into the night - his father is at sea and his mother supplements her income with prostitution. Ciske is also a very angry young man and he smoulders with rage at life's injustices.
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: coming of age, murder, abuse, prostitute, youth, family relations, misfit, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, single parent, hardcase students, down on your luck, boy, teacher, police, politics, prostitution, hospital, street kid, beach, diving, male nudity ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, year 1934
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and gloomy films with plots about life is a bitch, family relations, society, parents and children, youth, crimes and coming of age mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Ciske the Rat: Pixote (1981), As God Commands (2008), The Narrows (2008), Tough Enough (2006), The Dinner (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Pixote (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, street kid, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, youth, social misfits, life is a bitch, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
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100%
As God Commands (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy and his neo-Nazi dad are both outcasts in their suburban town.
Style: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: unemployment, family relations, parents and children, racism, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, misfit, social misfits, father son relationship, innocence lost, youth, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.2
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The Narrows (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds when his photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU. He must figure out how to balance his Italian neighborhood roots with the expansive, sophisticated world on the other ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: college student, crimes, moral dilemma, family relations, society, city life, parents and children, self discovery, human nature, coming of age, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 3K
Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, street gang, high school life, parents and children, urban ghetto life, crimes, coming of age, urban ghetto, friendship, youth, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Dinner (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Adapting a Dutch bestseller inspired by a shocking real-life crime, Menno Meyjes (screenwriter of The Color Purple and Lionheart) directs this excoriating assessment of Europe’s contemporary social ills.
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: couple relations, family relations, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, human nature, parents and children, under the surface, family in crisis, family secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: rough, captivating, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, teenage life, survival, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, friendship, homeless, vengeance, youth, danger, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
King of the Jungle (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seymore is a young man with the mind of a child. He loves three things in life: basketball, sneaking out for cigarettes, and his mother. But all life's simple pleasures are brutally torn from him when he witnesses his mother gunned down by a ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: mentally challenged, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, fighting crime, social decay, vengeance, disability, deadly, crimes, crime, society, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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CrissCross (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local restaurant owner hires ...
Style: bleak, touching, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, monastery, single parent, human spirit, family problems, kids in trouble, restaurant, dysfunctional family, parents and children, crimes, youth, crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Crime and Punishment (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, updated to present-day Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: crime and punishment, murder, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, law enforcement, deadly, down on your luck, guilt, guilty conscience, friend, police ...
Time: 80s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Wolf (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A young boxer is making a name for himself inside the ring. Outside the ring, he is sucked into a world of crime. He becomes increasingly entangled in his own ambition.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise to the top, crimes, social decay, moral dilemma, immigrants, society, ambition, kickboxing, danger, graphic violence, crime, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter - Studio Sex (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A stripper at the club Studio Six is murdered. A political scandal takes off when the Minister of Commerce appears to have been at the club. He resigns - but only to hide an even bigger secret.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: murder, journalism, uncover truth, deadly, life is a bitch, law enforcement, crimes, crime, investigation, media, female nudity, minister ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Girl (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border.
Style: touching, realistic, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: custody, immigrants, smuggling, single parent, parents and children, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, society, illegal immigration, mexican american border, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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36%
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Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: teenage boy, teenage life, introspection, losing-it hero, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, single parent, family relations, escape from reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.5
 170
Norfolk (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Set in Norfolk, amidst an idyllic, brooding landscape, an innocent teenage boy and his battle-weary father live a simple life. Days are spent hunting, fishing and daydreaming. Out-of-nowhere, disrupting this tranquility, a mysterious intense figure ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: teenage life, hitman, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, family in crisis, isolation, family problems, single parent, father son relationship, mercenary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
This Man Must Die (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When his young son is killed in a hit and run accident, Charles Thenier resolves to hunt down and murder the killer. By chance, Thenier makes the acquaintance of an actress, Helène Lanson, who was in the car at the time of the accident. He then ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: diary, family relations, hit and run, driver, beach, letter, seaside, dealing with death, destiny, track down, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, france, atlantic ocean, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Child I Never Was (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on the true story of of ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: pedophile, murder, psychopath, sexual abuse, child abuse, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, investigation, juvenile delinquency, society, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1966, year 1962, year 1976
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, friendship, family relations, wartime life, culture clash, working class, society, youth, best friend, social differences, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Common (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. Jimmy McGovern's gritty drama stars Nico Mirallegro as guileless 17 year old Johnjo O'Shea, who goes from innocent ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: legal, murder, courtroom drama, crimes, courtroom, false accusation, family relations, parents and children, injustice, crime, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Black Bread (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: hate, post war, countryside, revenge, spanish civil war, coming of age, crimes, human nature, society, injustice, village, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, catalonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 532
Steel City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: police, family life, couples, family relations, family problems, youth, parents and children, introspection, dysfunctional family, redemption, couple relations, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 606
Vegas (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 110 min.
Story: You don't choose your family. You choose your friends. Vegas is the story of Thomas, Marianne and Terje - three teenagers with nowhere to go.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: friendship, family relations, coming of age, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, young heroes, teenage girl, teenage boy, down on your luck, siblings relations, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.8
 260
Bypass (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tim has no job, but Tim ‘works’, selling stolen goods...In the face of mounting internal and external pressure, how far will he go to keep his head above water and protect those he loves?
Style: serious, touching, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, crimes, family relations, society, youth, urban, working class, terminal illness, down on your luck, criminal
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, teenage life, society, single parent, youth, social misfits, elderly, coming of age, poverty, grandfather granddaughter relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.7
 14K
12 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A loose remake of “12 Angry Men”, “12” is set in contemporary Moscow where 12 very different men must unanimously decide the fate of a young Chechen accused of murdering his step-father, a Russian army officer. Consigned to a makeshift jury ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, inter cultural, suspense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, racism, legal, murder, court case, life is a bitch, teenage life, parents and children, social differences, heroes, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, chechnya, caucasus
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious
Plot: social misfits, family relations, friendship, youth, society, parents and children, lgbt, coming of age, androgyny, leaving home, misfit, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.8
 3K
Awaydays (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, coming of age, teenage life, destructive relationship, down on your luck, unemployment, violence spree, troublemaker, buddies, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
 694
Scalene (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration.
Style: serious, bleak, stylized, realistic, non-linear
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, vengeance, disability, family relations, misfit, life is a bitch, strong female presence, sexual abuse, mother daughter relationship, figment, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 3K
B.A. Pass (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After losing his parents in a car accident, Mukesh stays at his Aunt's house in Delhi. Enrolled in a good for nothing course in college he finds peace by playing chess at the local cemetery, the rest of the times he worries over ways to make a ...
Style: serious, bleak, tense, realistic, captivating
Plot: male prostitute, femme fatale, infidelity, prostitute, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, sexual relations, downfall, youth, life turned upside down, innocence lost, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, new delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.7
 266
Now or Never (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 92 min.
Story: As a mother, in principle, you do not rob banks. But these days, it can be a solution for the future of your home, and not to give up on your dreams. Playing the thieves can quickly become dangerous and bad encounters can turn into a love story ...
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: crimes, heist, family relations, family in crisis, society, down on your luck, unemployment, parents and children, plan, danger, bankruptcy, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Looks and Smiles (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, coming of age, youth, social decay, down on your luck, friendship, society, injustice, family relations, power relations, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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