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The Son of the Shark (1993)
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The Son of the Shark (1993)
Original name: Le fils du requin
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Brothers Martin and Simon, not yet teens, are incorrigible vandals; Martin runs away from reform school, Simon from foster homes, and they always find each other in a seacoast town of Lignan, where their destructive behavior is infamous. (It may date to their mother's leaving the family.) Martin is philosophical, romantic, and poetic: he dreams of being the son of a shark; he holds tight to a book about goldfish his mother gave him. In both halting and wild ways, he tries to court Marie, a neighbor girl. Simon, with a pocketknife and an intractable will, seems more dangerous to others. What, on earth, is there for these children-becoming-men?
Style: touching, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, youth, family relations, orphan, life is a bitch, family life, society, siblings relations, kids in trouble, female director, shark, thief, violence, male female relationship, alcoholic, theft, juvenile delinquent, boy, robbery, teenage boy, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, vandalism, fish ...
Time: 90s

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Most similar movies to The Son of the Shark

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and bleak films with plots about society, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, crimes, crime and family relations mostly in Drama, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Son of the Shark: Mother, I Love You (2013), Bad Boys (2003), Brother (2014), Sister (2012), All the Invisible Children (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mother, I Love You (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Latvia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Raimonds, a 12 year old boy, falls into a world of petty crime while trying to stay out of trouble with his mother.
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: juvenile delinquency, kids in trouble, single parent, crimes, youth, parents and children, family relations, bittersweet, childhood, coming of age, saxophone, single mother
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latvia
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Bad Boys (2003)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The story bases on four Finnish brothers, nicknamed 'the Eura Daltons' who received nation-wide notoriety for tearing gas pumps apart when they needed cash. The cast is an impressive one: the brothers are portrayed by Peter Franzen, Lauri ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, atmospheric, rough, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, juvenile delinquency, misfit, social misfits, youth, criminal heroes, family problems, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, society, young love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
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100%
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Brother (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Giorgi is 16 years old when he discovers another world through American films forbidden in all Soviet Union until then. Since the post-revolutionary chaos in his home town, Tbilisi, Giorgi has wanted to have succeeded by following the path of his ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, touching, serious, stylized ...
Plot: teenage life, family relations, youth, political unrest, prodigy, juvenile delinquency, society, crimes, disorder, coming of age, siblings relations, female director
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: georgia (former ussr)
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Sister (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
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, theft, petty criminal, life is a bitch, mountain, self discovery, unemployment, coming of age, society, ski resort, snow, buried truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: switzerland, alps, europe, swiss alps
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100%
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All the Invisible Children (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.
Style: touching, atmospheric, rough, captivating, neorealism ...
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, homeless, aids, gypsy, social decay, young heroes, life is a bitch, child abandonment, society, danger, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia, africa, sao paulo brazil, napoli italy
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LUV (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Over the course of one day, a shy 13-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, rough, realistic
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, friendship, odd couple, orphan, danger, life is a bitch, manhood, boy, kids in trouble, society, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
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33%
Blood Brothers (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Blood Brothers- While coming of age in the inner city, Darryl Crawford, a young African-American man, witnesses a gang-related murder and is horrified to discover that his beloved older brother Sly is one of the perps. Darryl grapples with his ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful
Plot: murder, gang, urban, social misfits, witnessing a crime, juvenile delinquency, society, life is a bitch, crime, legal, crimes, youth ...
Time: 90s
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32%
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Weapons (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, criminal heroes, youth, vengeance, working class, life is a bitch, deadly, society, small town, homecoming, murder, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, united states
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27%
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Gang Tapes (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a brutal carjacking yields a videocamera, a teenage boy decides to document his life and the lives of his fellow gangbangers.
Style: rough, serious, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, social decay, gang, drug dealing, crimes, teenage life, kids in trouble, society, going straight, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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26%
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, teenage life, survival, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, friendship, vengeance, society, gang, youth, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa
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26%
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Skins (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: native american reservation, family relations, arson, brother brother relationship, vandalism, vigilantism, homecoming, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, social relations, unemployment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, asia, usa, vietnam, south dakota
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25%
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Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, child abuse, working class, theft, debt, abusive father, money, corporal punishment, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
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24%
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Squeeze (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ty, Hector, and Bao are close friends in a tough section of Boston, where they're called "the PG-13 crew." They're 14, decent kids with few skills who've bailed out of school. A small gang of older tough guys, led by Marcus ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gang, gas station, friendship, urban ghetto life, gangsters, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, social misfits, crimes, crime, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
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24%
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7 Virgins (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tano is 16-years-old and is already sitting in jail. In 48 hours he’s a free man and off to the wedding of his brother. In the two days he recounts his neighborhood in a section of Sevilla.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: wedding, friendship, teenage life, self discovery, juvenile delinquency, homecoming, parents and children, family life, society, buddies, youth, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain
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24%
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A focus on life in a gang, Boulevard Nights portrays the dangers of street violence. Richard Yniguez plays a young Chicano who tries to get out of the gang, but he keeps finding himself drawn back into it.
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: gang, family relations, employer employee relationship, machismo, gang member, gang war, latin, mexican american, kids in trouble, urban, city life, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
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23%
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Adulthood (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After serving six years for killing his schoolmate, a young man learns that someone is out for revenge.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, gang, society, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, crimes, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, youth, starting over, urban ghetto, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
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23%
Stranger Inside (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A mother daughter reunion set in the harsh reality of a women's correctional facility
Style: disturbing, emotional, rough, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, prison life, gang, society, drug dealing, confined, crimes, youth, juvenile delinquency, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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As Night Comes (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Troubled 17-year-old Sean Holloway falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called 'The Misfits,' whose charismatic leader, Ricky, takes him under his wing. But as Sean becomes more and more entangled in the gang's anarchist ways, ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, rivalry, youth, vengeance, gang, teenager, violence, halloween, society, teenage life, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Defying his parents, disaffected youth Hsiao Kang drops out of the local cram school to head for the bright lights of downtown Taipei. He falls in with Ah Tze, a young hoodlum, and their relationship is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric
Plot: family relations, innocence lost, urban, school, teenage life, city life, vengeance, athlete and trainer, estrangement, resentment, society, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: taipei, taiwan
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22%
Like a Puppet Out of Strings (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two Brothers; Tom and Felipe, have moved up the ranks of the street gangs because they have no greater devotion than the protection of each other. Luis, former gang member, is now a cop, his life having been turned around by Angelica, a female cop. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, going straight, redemption, youth, society, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, urban ghetto, murder, brother brother relationship ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, orphan, youth, social decay, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
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21%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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21%
A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: street kid, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, danger, society, life is a bitch, social worker, urban ghetto life, social decay, teaching the ways of the world, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, deadly, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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21%
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Rodents (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Ecuador
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The world of Salvador, a young and naive petty thief is changed by the arrival of his cousin Angel, an ex-convict in search of easy money, and with a hideout. Salvador gets wrapped up in Angel's twisted dealings in an attempt to escape from his ...
Style: rough, gloomy, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: prostitute, rich and poor, criminal heroes, down on your luck, crime, city life, crimes, family relations, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, parents and children, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Sucker Free City (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side. K-Luv (Mackie) is a member of the "V-Dubs", an ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: gang, gangsters, life is a bitch, social decay, crimes, juvenile delinquency, racism, city life, dysfunctional family, interracial relations, drug dealing, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Last Stop 174 (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sandro was a boy who loved to sing rap, to kiss, to stare the statue of Christ the Redeemer and dreamed to go visit Copacabana. Growing up on streets, the story culminates at the infamous episode of June 12th 2000, when Sandro hijacked bus 174.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: hijacking, street kid, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, confined, drug abuse, hostage, negotiation, crimes, youth, danger, hostages ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Aftermath: A Test of Love (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story, an adoring wife and mother is taken hostage during a robbery and brutally murdered.
Style: sentimental, rough, bleak, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, family relations, small town, small town life, family in crisis, murder, life turned upside down, crimes, unfulfillment, crime, life is a bitch, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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20%
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Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, sodomy, crimes, juvenile prison, prison life, youth, crime, going straight, redemption, isolation, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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20%