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Nobody Knows (2004)
 8.1
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Original name: 誰も知らない
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: serious, bleak, touching, gloomy, contemplative, heartbreaking, atmospheric, depressing, meditative, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, poverty, innocence lost, survival, financial problem, young kid, journey, responsibility, greed, tragedy, character study, unlikely friendships, brother brother relationship, police investigation, mother son relationship, youth, family relations, secret, life is a bitch, family life, realism, hopes, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california

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Most similar movies to Nobody Knows

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and gloomy films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, runaway, parents and children, loneliness, childhood and mentor mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Nobody Knows: The Kid with a Bike (2011), I Wish (2011), Ratcatcher (1999), Like Father, Like Son (2013), All or Nothing (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: sincere, touching, bleak, meditative, atmospheric ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, youth, society, responsibility, street kid, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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100%
 7.4
 6K
I Wish (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two young brothers at opposite ends of Kyushu devise a magical plan to reunite their separated parents in Hirokazu Koreeda's benign and superbly acted picture of family life.
Style: touching, serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: brother brother relationship, parents and children, family relations, desire, family problems, hopes, youth, broken family, train, father son relationship, separated parents, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 9K
Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, drowning, neighbor, canal, mouse, coming of age, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, family problems, realism, urban ghetto life, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: childhood, architect, introspection, moral dilemma, life turned upside down, identity crisis, parents and children, family life, social differences, disorder, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 7.5
 10K
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, society, couple relations, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, life is a bitch, parents and children, working class, island, misfit, family relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 12K
Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: serious, emotional, meditative, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, realism, unemployment, alcoholic, poverty, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, desperation, snitch, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 9K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, oppression, injustice, child abuse, dishonesty, danger, job seeking, disorder, totalitarianism, life is a bitch, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Concrete Night (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger ...
Style: bleak, stylized, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: coming of age, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, family problems, realism, life is a bitch, family relations, protecting from truth, urban ghetto, single parent, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 41K
The Return (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: abusive father, russian, parents and children, journey, overbearing parent, father son relationship, brother, tragic event, coming of age, brother brother relationship, defiant, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 6K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, slum, redemption, hopes, social differences, down on your luck, human spirit, working class, human nature, youth, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.4
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, human nature, midlife crisis, family life, couple relations, life is a bitch, family problems, fall in love, haunted by the past, teenage life, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.6
 524
Our Father (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Chad, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two boys (Tamir & Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, contemplative
Plot: family relations, obsessive quest, young heroes, against the odds, missing person, kids in trouble, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 1K
Distance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: On the eighth anniversary of a cult's failed chemical attack on Tokyo and their subsequent mass suicide, family members of those affected gather at the cult's former base on the shores of a lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: lake, danger, supernatural, life is a bitch, estrangement, terrorism, destiny, deadly, dealing with death, religions or cults, haunted by the past, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 9K
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He ...
Style: serious, touching, psychological, realistic, lyrical ...
Plot: family relations, job seeking, housewife, unemployment, pianist, layoff, alienation, rebellion, hopes, family secret, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, china, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 16K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, down on your luck, financial problem, social problems, life is a bitch, hopes, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression, owner dog relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 1K
Boy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A family of four lives off of scams in which they pretend to be injured by automobiles. After suffering an injury during the war, the father believes he is an invalid. He and his wife have a 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. The adults pretend ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, gloomy, thought provoking, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, cons and scams, youth, life is a bitch, society, dishonesty, coming of age, family life, social decay, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, marriage, unsupportive parent, family problems, starting over, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, nanny, crumbling relationship, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 8.0
 13K
Still Walking (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Twelve years after their beloved eldest son, Junpei, drowned while saving a stranger's life, Kyohei and Toshiko welcome their surviving children home for a family reunion. Younger son Ryota still feels that his parents resent that he isn't ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: family relations, family gatherings, family reunited, family life, family tradition, generation gap, reunion, parents and children, dealing with death, reconciliation, bereavement, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 5K
Not Yet (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, contemplative, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: samurai, world war two, writer's life, youth, golden years, curses spells and rituals, reunion, teachers and students, family relations, unfulfillment, teacher, death ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 5K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, crimes, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, society, deception, thief, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: thought provoking, serious, touching, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, rehabilitation, hopes, starting over, life is a bitch, introspection, identity crisis, drugs/alcohol, thirtysomething life, loneliness, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Rhapsody in August (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: emotional, serious, atmospheric, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: anti war, family relations, haunted by the past, human nature, battles, society, siblings relations, parents and children, memory, post war, atomic bomb, war crime ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: japan, hawaii, usa, asia, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, corporal punishment, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 3K
Eureka (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 217 min.
Story: In Kyushu, southwest Japan, one hot summer morning, a municipal bus is hijacked. In the carnage only three people survive: the driver, a school girl, and her older brother.
Style: psychological, bleak, sincere, enigmatic, lyrical ...
Plot: hijacking, bus, road trip, bus driver, haunted by the past, survival, family relations, suspect, orphan, starting over, murder, on the road ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, sincere, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, daydreamer, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, society, life is a bitch, small town, adult virgin, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 174
Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, danger, single parent, life is a bitch, youth, social misfits, society, family problems, parents and children, family life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Bi, Don't Be Afraid (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In an old house in Hanoi, Bi, a 6-year-old child lives with his parents, his aunt and their cook. His favorite playgrounds are an ice factory and the wild grass along the river. After being absent for years, his grandfather, seriously ill, reappears ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sincere, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, estrangement, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, youth, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, paralysis, alcohol abuse, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 3K
The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, talky ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, orphanage, family relations, hopes, self discovery, parents and children, youth, russian, friendship, drinking, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: russia, italy, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 18K
Distant (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, touching, lyrical ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, family relations, recession, introspection, love and romance, society, down on your luck, looking for love, human nature, male female relationship, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, middle east, istanbul turkey, tokyo, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%