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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, serious, realistic, gloomy, anthology, cult film
Plot: family relations, world war two, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, society, family problems, working class, hypocrisy, religions or cults, singer, wedding, house, domestic violence, church, child abuse, cinema, memory, city, abusive husband, husband wife relationship, waitress, battered woman, urban setting ...
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 realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about family relations, parents and children, society, family problems, 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, captivating ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, family relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, adaptation, bdsm, evangelist ...
Time: 1940s, 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: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: coming of age, working class, artists and showbiz, music band, rise to the top, rise and fall, follow your dream, unfulfillment, hopes, society, performer's life, ambition ...
Time: 50s
Place: europe, england
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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, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, school, solace, filmmaking, youth, society, artists and showbiz, against the odds, siblings relations, working class, homecoming ...
Time: 90s, 50s
Place: europe, england, liverpool
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78%
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, youth, lifestyle, parents and children, friends, blues, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, nanny ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania, russia, toronto ontario canada ...
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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, clever, gloomy, psychological, tense ...
Plot: french resistance, world war two, family problems, society, life is a bitch, love and romance, crumbling marriage, hopes, soldier, introspection, wartime life, innocence lost ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: england, europe, london, france
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59%
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: realistic, serious, tense, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: working class, social misfits, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, betrayal, society, social differences, family in crisis, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 50s
Place: england, london, europe
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56%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, teenage life, homecoming, down on your luck, human nature, death in the family, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family life, disability, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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56%
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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, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, confined, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, hopes, prison, drug smuggling, husband wife relationship, society, prison life, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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51%
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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: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, family relations, schizophrenia, abusive father, hopes, social misfits, youth, life is a bitch, going straight, mentally unstable, society ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious, disturbing, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, child rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, family in crisis, family problems, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 90s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, family relations, friendship, wartime life, society, youth, culture clash, working class, best friend, snobbism, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, post world war two
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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47%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, tense ...
Plot: family relations, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, introspection, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, alcoholic father, abusive father, husband wife relationship, child abuse, dying woman ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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45%
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, serious, contemplative
Plot: family relations, parents and children, estrangement, relationship vs career, working class, couples, emotionless, life turned upside down, family in crisis, society, heart attack, three generations ...
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Place: england
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, autumn, dysfunctional family, handicapped, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family life, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
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42%
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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, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy, family in crisis, society ...
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Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: family relations, social worker, pregnancy, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, rivalry, domestic disturbance, hopes, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, serious, talky, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, family problems, couples, society, hopes, youth, unfulfillment, love and romance, rise to the top, family life, rich and poor ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, europe, usa, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, bleak ...
Plot: autobiography, social misfits, life is a bitch, misfit, society, youth, siblings relations, teenage life, family life, mental illness, down on your luck, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: realistic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, bleak ...
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Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Cruel Embrace (1987)
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: emotional, psychological, touching, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: kids in trouble, family problems, family relations, estrangement, life is a bitch, misfit, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, youth, confined, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
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36%
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Yasmin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, UK
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, touching, sincere
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: touching, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Sparkle (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
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Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
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31%
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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, tense, gloomy
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31%
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Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, bleak, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: rabbi, ghetto, world war two, holocaust, life is a bitch, society, misfit, against humanity, confined, survival, war, religions or cults ...
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31%
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Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
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31%
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Duration: 82 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, tense
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Duration: 90 min.
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Plot: world war two, haunted by the past, death in the family, holocaust, family life, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, against humanity, society, war crime, elderly lovers ...
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Singing the Blues in Red (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, West Germany, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Persona Non Grata in his homeland, protest singer Klaus Drittemann must leave East Berlin, his wife and child and emigrate to West Berlin, where the representatives of an American record company are eagerly waiting for him. They plan to exploit his ...
Style: serious, realistic
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