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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux Davies creates a deeply affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love.
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, anthology, cult film
Plot: family relations, world war two, religions or cults, parents and children, life is a bitch, family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, working class, hypocrisy, singer, wedding, church, domestic violence, house, singing, song, city, child abuse, photograph, cinema, memory, abusive husband, waitress ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 40s
Place: england, liverpool, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and gloomy films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, society, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family and youth mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Distant Voices, Still Lives: The Neon Bible (1995), That'll Be the Day (1973), The Long Day Closes (1992), Lackawanna Blues (2005), Plenty (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, serious, emotional, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: small town, family problems, society, americana, religion, child's point of view, coming of age, dysfunctional family, family relations, adaptation, bdsm, evangelist ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
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That'll Be the Day (1973)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Britain, 1958. Restless at school and bored with his life, Jim leaves home to take a series of low-level jobs at a seaside amusement park, where he discovers a world of cheap sex and petty crime. But when that world comes to a shockingly brutal end, ...
Style: sincere, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, working class, music band, musician's life, hopes, rise and fall, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, youth, society, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
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The Long Day Closes (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in Kensington, a working-class district of Liverpool, England in mid-1950s, this is the story of eleven-year-old Bud, a sad and lonely boy. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local 'picture-house'. All the while, ...
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, school, coming of age, self discovery, siblings relations, against the odds, working class, homecoming, artists and showbiz, youth, society, solace ...
Time: 90s, 1950s, 50s
Place: england, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, family relations, family problems, friends, parents and children, lifestyle, youth, blues, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, nanny ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, russia, toronto ontario canada, new york yankees ...
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Plenty (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, gloomy, clever ...
Plot: french resistance, world war two, love and romance, crumbling marriage, family problems, homecoming, haunted by the past, wartime life, introspection, innocence lost, hopes, society ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, london, france
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Amy (1997)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Amy's father, Franco, was a popular rock musician accidentally electrocuted while performing on stage. The psychological trauma leaves Amy mute and deaf. So the 8-year-old is brought by her mother, Tanya, to Melbourne to diagnose the reasons ...
Style: touching, psychological, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, estrangement, bittersweet, teenage life, human nature, dysfunctional family, family life, disability, family problems, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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Look Back in Anger (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Look Back in Anger is a love triangle involving the brilliant-but-disaffected young Jimmy Porter (Branagh), his upper-middle-class, impassive wife Alison Porter (Thompson), and her aristocratic best friend Helena Charles (Redmond). Cliff (Horan), an ...
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: working class, social misfits, family relations, dull life, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, betrayal, society, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 80s
Place: london, europe, england
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Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: confined, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, family relations, hopes, prison, husband wife relationship, drug smuggling, society, prison life, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Family Life (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A 19 years old London girl received agressive psychiatric treatments for her schizophrenic behaviour by a doctor who still wants her family to insure the guard of the child without any regards to the facts that it is this family who's ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, schizophrenia, abusive father, misfit, society, life is a bitch, social misfits, going straight, family life, mental illness ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, europe
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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, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, child rape, life is a bitch, family in crisis, innocence lost, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
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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, family relations, friendship, wartime life, culture clash, working class, youth, society, best friend, countryside, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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Beyond (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A poignant story, told with sincerity and humor, about a young woman´s dramatic childhood and about her grief and the struggle to move on. Noomi Rapace plays the main character in her first feature after the success with the Millennium trilogy and ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: family relations, domestic violence, introspection, dysfunctional family, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, alcoholic father, husband wife relationship, abusive father, child abuse, dying woman ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Come Rain Come Shine (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: David Jason stars as cockney ex-docker Don Mitchell in this emotional drama. Don is incredibly proud of his son David’s affluent lifestyle. The cars, the detached house and private schooling for the children were things Don could only dream about ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, contemplative, serious
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Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
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Plot: pregnancy, social worker, family relations, children, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
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Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
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Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany, UK, Norway
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: emotional, sincere, touching, reflective, contemplative ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, handicapped, reunion, family life, parents and children, family problems, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: touching, sincere, gloomy, talky, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, rise to the top, human nature, siblings relations, rich and poor, family life, dysfunctional family, hopes, unfulfillment, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa, europe, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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My Ain Folk (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: When Jamie's maternal grandmother dies, he and his brother Tommy are separated - Tommy is taken off to a welfare home and Jamie goes to live with his other grandmother and uncle. His life is far from happy, filled with silence, rejection and ...
Style: bleak, sincere, gloomy, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: autobiography, child neglect, down on your luck, mental illness, parents and children, boarding school life, social misfits, youth, life is a bitch, misfit, teenage life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
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Lost Persons Area (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A man trying to keep himself afloat and marry the woman he loves sees all that's dear to him threatened in this drama. Marcus (Sam Louwyck) works as a maintenance man for a Belgian power company, keeping lines and electrical towers in repair ...
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, touching, gloomy ...
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Place: belgium, europe
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Sparkle (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem who become singers Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs and Sparkle ends up being the one who gets famous. This movie tells about how drugs ruined Sister's relationships and ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: alcohol abuse, showbiz, singer, girl group, rising to stardom, love and romance, family relations, couples, family problems, family in crisis, urban, nightlife ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
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Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: gloomy, touching, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, youth, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, misfit, family problems, family relations, kids in trouble, estrangement, confined, single parent, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, bleak, realistic, emotional, serious
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Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
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Sparkle (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, rising to stardom, ambition, music band, lifestyle, desire for fame, musician's life, abusive husband, family problems, showbiz, artists and showbiz, star ...
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Yasmin (2004)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 87 min.
Story: In England, the Pakistanis Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslin clothes, cooks for her father and brother and has the traditional behavior of a Muslin woman. Further, she has a non-consumed marriage with ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with five healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down's syndrome.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1960s
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Gideon's Daughter (2005)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson star in a story of grief and celebrity, set in the intense spring and summer of New Labour's election victory and Diana's death. Nighy is a PR guru who has to stop and re-evaluate his world when his ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy, tense
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Madame Sousatzka (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
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Time: 80s
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Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, parents and children, society, golden years, elderly, dysfunctional family, family problems, immigrants, jewish
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Place: israel
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