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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: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, bleak, contemplative, atmospheric, depressing, meditative, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, poverty, survival, young kid, innocence lost, responsibility, financial problem, journey, 12 year old, tragedy, brother brother relationship, malnutrition, greed, character study, unlikely friendships, police investigation, mother son relationship, youth, family relations, secret, life is a bitch, family life, realism, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and bleak films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, runaway, catastrophe, life is a bitch, culture clash and loneliness mostly in Drama, Family and War genres. Some movies like Nobody Knows: The Return (2003), I Wish (2011), Rosetta (1999), The Kid with a Bike (2011), Pelle the Conqueror (1987). 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, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: abusive father, brother, russian, parents and children, journey, overbearing parent, father son relationship, tragic event, coming of age, brother brother relationship, defiant, 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: touching, serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: brother brother relationship, parents and children, desire, youth, family relations, father son relationship, hopes, family problems, broken family, train, separated parents, mother son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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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, emotional, suspense, meditative, bleak ...
Plot: realism, unemployment, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, desperation, snitch, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, california
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100%
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
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, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, society, street kid, goodhearted, family problems, abandoned ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, life is a bitch, parents and children, island, misfit, family relations, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
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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: touching, thought provoking, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: architect, childhood, identity crisis, life turned upside down, moral dilemma, introspection, parents and children, family life, social differences, disorder, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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100%
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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: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, harsh ...
Plot: orphanage, orphan, adoption, youth, family relations, self discovery, hopes, parents and children, russian, friendship, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: russia, italy, europe, tokyo
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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: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, maid, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, parenthood, society, legal, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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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: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, stylized, rough ...
Plot: family relations, drowning, neighbor, canal, mouse, coming of age, parents and children, dysfunctional family, working class, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
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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: serious, touching, psychological, realistic, lyrical ...
Plot: family relations, housewife, job seeking, unemployment, pianist, alienation, layoff, rebellion, hopes, family secret, dysfunctional family, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, china, middle east
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100%
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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: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, injustice, parents and children, society, couples, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
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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: touching, sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, family gatherings, family reunited, family life, generation gap, family tradition, reunion, dealing with death, parents and children, reconciliation, bereavement, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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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, single parent, teenage life, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
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100%
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: gloomy, realistic, sincere, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: prisoner of war camp, revolution, politics, labor camp, innocence lost, parents and children, family life, political unrest, rebelliousness, society, family relations, reform ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: china, asia, california, tokyo, japan
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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: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, working class, life is a bitch, redemption, hopes, parents and children, human nature, family problems, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, midlife crisis, couple relations, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, family problems, innocence lost, haunted by the past, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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25%
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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, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, dishonesty, oppression, injustice, child abuse, life is a bitch, danger, job seeking, totalitarianism, disorder, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
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100%
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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: psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: danger, supernatural, life is a bitch, estrangement, destiny, terrorism, deadly, religions or cults, dealing with death, teenage life, haunted by the past, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, owner dog relationship, financial problem, social problems, hopes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, portland oregon, california
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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, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, marriage, unsupportive parent, family problems, crumbling marriage, starting over, family in crisis, nanny, family relations, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
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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: atmospheric, touching, gloomy, thought provoking, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, cons and scams, life is a bitch, coming of age, dishonesty, youth, society, parents and children, social decay, innocence lost, kids in trouble ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, hokkaido
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21%
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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, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, petty criminal, life is a bitch, theft, mountain, self discovery, unemployment, family relations, coming of age, society, ski resort, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland, alps, europe, swiss alps
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100%
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, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, introspection, thirtysomething life, drugs/alcohol, identity crisis, loneliness, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
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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: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, power relations, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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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, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, child rape, family in crisis, innocence lost, family problems, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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20%
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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, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, crimes, society, dishonesty, thief, swindle, deception, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
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19%
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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: emotional, contemplative, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: samurai, world war two, unfulfillment, youth, writer's life, reunion, curses spells and rituals, teachers and students, family relations, golden years, teacher, death ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
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19%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, bleak ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, society, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, daydreamer, life is a bitch, adult virgin, small town, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
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19%
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, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, paralysis, alcohol abuse, grandfather grandson relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, vietnam
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19%
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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, touching, sincere, lyrical ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, family relations, recession, introspection, love and romance, society, looking for love, down on your luck, human nature, male female relationship, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, middle east, istanbul turkey, tokyo, paris france ...
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19%