Movies like Nobody Knows

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Nobody Knows (2004)
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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: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking, bleak, atmospheric, melancholic, meditative, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, greed, police investigation, character study, unlikely friendships, brother brother relationship, coming of age, financial problem, journey, neglect, responsibility, youth, siblings, mother son relationship, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and gloomy films with plots about family relations, runaway, dysfunctional family, catastrophe, loneliness, childhood and culture clash mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Nobody Knows: The Return (2003), I Wish (2011), The Kid with a Bike (2011), Pelle the Conqueror (1987), Like Father, Like Son (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, thought provoking, art house, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, russian, brother, abusive father, journey, parents and children, survival, father son relationship, character study, overbearing parent, childhood, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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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: serious, touching, stylized, realistic
Plot: youth, parents and children, brother brother relationship, train, desire, family relations, father son relationship, broken family, family problems, hopes, separated parents, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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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: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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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, meditative, compassionate, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: father son relationship, coming of age, poverty, immigrants, working class, farm, boy, corporal punishment, youth, family relations, bullying, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
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100%
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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: thought provoking, touching, emotional, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: childhood, architect, family reunited, coming of age, family relations, self discovery, identity crisis, life turned upside down, introspection, moral dilemma, parenthood, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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100%
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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: disturbing, art house, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, friendship, coming of age, neighbor, children, moving, urban decay, strike, boy, rat, garbage, grief ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: glasgow scotland, scotland
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100%
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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, art house, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: realism, unemployment, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, coming of age, down on your luck, desperation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, california, europe
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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: sentimental, harsh, breathtaking, touching, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, orphanage, youth, adoption, russian, children, coming of age, friendship, adolescence, family relations, self discovery, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: russia, tokyo, europe, italy
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100%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: family relations, family reunited, family gatherings, family life, family tradition, generation gap, bereavement, reconciliation, dealing with death, parents and children, father daughter relationship, generation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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100%
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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: lyrical, stylized, talky, serious, touching ...
Plot: family relations, youth, rebellion, pianist, job seeking, housewife, unemployment, layoff, alienation, hopes, family secret, chinawoman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, middle east, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: sexy, gloomy, bleak, breathtaking, depressing ...
Plot: bestiality, samurai, zoophilia, elderly, female nudity, snake, old age, life & death, life, existentialism, loneliness, depression ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Shoplifters (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the ...
Style: sexual, art house, thought provoking, compassionate, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: poverty, shoplifting, father son relationship, poor family, theft, child abduction, husband wife relationship, secret, beach, surrogate family, social realism, feminine wiles ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
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75%
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Sister (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, social ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, ski, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, petty criminal, theft, mountain, self discovery, society, family relations, unemployment, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland, alps, europe, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
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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: emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, new jersey, europe, florida ...
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100%
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: realistic, stylized, bleak, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage boy, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family problems, realism, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, brother brother relationship, single parent, family relations, protecting from truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
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67%
The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: depressing, realistic, gloomy, dramatic, scenic ...
Plot: revolution, politics, communism, runaway, mentor, character study, fighting the system, visceral, tragedy, sacrifice, segregation, race issues ...
Time: 50s, 70s
Place: china, tokyo, california, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: compassionate, meditative, depressing, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, social differences, life is a bitch, working class, slum, character study, unlikely friendships, tragedy, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.3
 243K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, tense, talky ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, alzheimer's disease, muslim, marriage, maid, justice, parenthood, religion, family problems, marital problem, court ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tehran
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13%
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 7.4
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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: emotional, touching, lyrical, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jewish, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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24%
 6.9
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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: serious, psychological, bleak, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: afterlife, destiny, supernatural, terrorism, life is a bitch, estrangement, haunted by the past, teenage life, death in the family, dealing with death, religions or cults, lake ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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24%
 7.3
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
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: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: survival, dishonesty, coming of age, taliban, child abuse, oppression, injustice, life is a bitch, brutality, justice, police investigation, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, poland, iran, afghanistan, pakistan
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100%
 7.5
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Boy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 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: experimental, thought provoking, realistic, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, family relations, youth, train, father son relationship, abusive father, stepmother, abortion, little boy, traumatic childhood, kids in trouble ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 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, sad, atmospheric, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, step parent, husband wife relationship, marriage, nanny, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, emotional, stylized, meditative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dog, small town, friendship, loneliness, depression, owner dog relationship, solitude, life philosophy, dysfunctional family, character study, social problems, financial problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, alaska, portland oregon, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.3
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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: sexy, emotional, thought provoking, light, intellectual ...
Plot: samurai, world war two, teacher, existentialism, professor, death, sacrifice, runaway, parenthood, multiple storylines, beautiful scenery, catastrophe ...
Place: tokyo, japan, hong kong, asia, germany
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20%
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: harsh, realistic, emotional, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, teachers and students, poetry, cheerleading, high school, love and romance, youth, power relations, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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20%
 7.3
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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, enigmatic, depressing, compassionate, stylized ...
Plot: unemployment, greed, self discovery, character study, life is a bitch, crimes, society, dishonesty, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, switzerland, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, rape, dysfunctional family, family relations, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, child abuse, domestic violence, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: gloomy, melancholic, thought provoking, depressing, disturbing ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, drug addict, addiction, loneliness, drug addiction, character study, old friends, complex characters, unlikely friendships, starting over, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, california, norway
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20%
 7.8
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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: bleak, psychological, enigmatic, lyrical, sincere ...
Plot: road trip, bus driver, haunted by the past, survival, family relations, orphan, starting over, brother sister relationship, redemption, hijacking, bus, on the road ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%