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Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)
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Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)
Original name: Elina - som om jag inte fanns
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden, Finland
Duration: 77 min.
Story: In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family belongs to Finnish-speaking Finns frowned upon by a staunch schoolmistress who starts hounding Elina for questioning her authority. Elina's mother, sister, and a liberal young male teacher all try to mediate the ensuing battle of wills between Elina and Miss Holm. Elina finds consolation in wandering out on the dangerous marshlands to have imaginary conversations with her dead father. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, serious, stylized
Audience: family outing
Plot: school, discrimination, finnish, missing person, escapades, siblings relations, family, family relations, parents and children, apprentice, haunted by the past, solace, mother daughter relationship, strong female character, sister sister relationship, single mother, father daughter relationship, obsessive quest, youth, society, nature, teacher, forest, illness, swamp ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about family relations, youth, family, parents and children, friendship, friends and coming of age mostly in Drama, Family and Romance genres. Some movies like Elina: As If I Wasn't There: We Can Be Heroes! (2002), Eskil & Trinidad (2013), The Brothers Lionheart (1977), Spin (2003), Sisters (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
We Can Be Heroes! (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative
Plot: friendship, family relations, friends, youth, family, parents and children, children, strong female character, hopes, soccer, bullying, boys' choir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Eskil & Trinidad (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Eskil moves from town to town with his father in Northern Sweden. He misses his mother and sucks at playing hockey, the main activity among the boys his age. Things changes when he meets Trinidad, a mysterious woman who lives outside society ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Brothers Lionheart (1977)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Sweden, Iceland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 9-year old Karl Lejon, 'Skorpan' is suffering from tuberculosis and knows that he will die soon. But his older brother Jonathan tries to comfort him by promising that they one day will meet in Nangijala, a magic country beyond the stars. ...
Style: epic, stylized, atmospheric, serious, exciting
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: family relations, afterlife, rivalry, family, rebellion, escapades, adventure, knight, supernatural, good versus evil, rebelliousness, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, middle ages
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Spin (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: society, youth, family relations, haunted by the past, introspection, teenage life, self discovery, orphan, hopes, parents and children, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sisters (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lyon, France in 1970s, Sibylle, Corinne, and Georgette are sisters who share everything, as they live with their Italian mother. Sibylle is the only blonde in the family, except for their father who abandoned them, and she feels isolated. She dreams ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, introspection, youth, family problems, single parent, godparent, self discovery, obsessive quest, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, france, lyon
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.9
 83
Dad (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 71 min.
Story: After a long separation, a father and his son spend the day fishing on the river bank. On a beautiful autumn Sunday, surrounded by the majestic countryside, they seem to be alone in the world. They must start all over again.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: youth, family relations, family, parents and children, countryside, parent child relationship, father son relationship, nature, kids and family, father and son, separated parents, parents separation ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, youth, family relations, family life, school, family, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, teacher student relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Tsatsiki, Mum and the Policeman (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Little Tsatsiki, son of a single mother in Sweden, has never met his father, a Greek fisherman. Tsatsiki befriends a nice but straight-laced motorcycle policeman renting one of their rooms and decices he is the right guy for his mother, an amateur ...
Style: sincere, humorous, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
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Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 882
Heidi (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Glass-blower's Children (1998)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: serious, offbeat, stylized
Audience: family outing
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: realistic, sincere, touching, captivating, serious ...
Audience: family outing
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Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Booky & the Secret Santa (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.1
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Duration: 77 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 297
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⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 348
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
An American Girl Adventure (2005)
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Country: USA
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Style: serious, sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 825
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Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Country: Turkey
Duration: 94 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.7
 583
Mermaid (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
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Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
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Time: 1930s, 30s, year 1929
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.9
 1K
Wolf Summer (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Norway
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Wings of Glass (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Winky's Horse (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 968
Mr. Stink (2012)
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Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Song of my mother (2014)
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Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%