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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Original name: Le Gamin au vélo
Genre: Drama
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: bleak, gloomy, serious, sincere, realistic, touching, psychological, enigmatic, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: kids in trouble, pardon, coming of age, theft, realism, childhood, life is a bitch, acceptance, orphan, redemption, youth, innocence lost, parents and children, society, family problems, family relations, street kid, petty criminal, goodhearted, unlikely relationship, abandoned, social problems, responsibility, reluctant, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and sincere films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, youth, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family and loneliness mostly in Drama, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like The Kid with a Bike: The Promise (1996), The Silence of Lorna (2008), The Child (2005), Rosetta (1999), Two Days, One Night (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Promise (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, realism, dysfunctional family, troubled teen, parent child relationship, innocence lost, parents and children, youth, family problems, family relations, babies and infants ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, europe, antwerp, usa, los angeles ...
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95%
The Silence of Lorna (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In order to become the owner of a snack bar with her boyfriend, Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, becomes an accomplice to a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio.
Style: tense, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: taxi driver, junkie, immigrants, realism, drugs/alcohol, moral dilemma, conscience, cons and scams, down on your luck, misfit, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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91%
 7.5
 16K
The Child (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, baby, black market, realism, down on your luck, drug dealer, parent child relationship, small town, dysfunctional family, society, homeless, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.6
 11K
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: bleak, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, parents and children, trailer park, alcoholic, poverty, mother daughter relationship, snitch, realism, coming of age, dysfunctional family, rape, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Two Days, One Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job — not an easy task in this economy.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: injustice, depression, suicide attempt, employer employee relationship, unemployment, race against time, workplace, weekend, supportive spouse, working class, human nature, economic crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.7
 8K
The Son (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, youth, apprentice, realism, parents and children, redemption, hopes, family problems, dealing with death, going straight, rehabilitation, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: belgium, europe, usa, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 8.1
 20K
Nobody Knows (2004)
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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, dysfunctional family, childhood, responsibility, realism, family life, sibling relationship, siblings relations, family in crisis, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.7
 492
Our Father (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Chad, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two boys (Tamir & Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: small town, boarding school, young heroes, coming of age, obsessive quest, innocence lost, parents and children, family in crisis, missing person, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.3
 53K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: family problems, youth, innocence lost, coming of age, party, dysfunctional family, age difference, adolescence, dishonesty, teenager, boyfriend, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Private Property (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Since Luc granted a divorce to Pascale ten years ago, he paid generous alimony and left a fine country house as long as their twin sons remain at home. Pascale always acted as if she was the provider and head of the household, even now the ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, twin brother, twins, starting over, jealousy, love triangle, parents and children, countryside, family in crisis, couples, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, hospital, redemption, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, disability, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany, italy, norway, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: talky, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, realism, couple relations, parents and children, down on your luck, urban, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, florida, algeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 4K
Chop Shop (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, coming of age, urban ghetto, siblings relations, working class, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, society, youth, family relations, teenage life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 3K
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: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: orphan, russian, adoption, orphanage, little boy, boy, self discovery, coming of age, youth, family relations, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 2000s
Place: russia, europe, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 74K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, makeover, domestic violence, theft, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, friendship, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 700
Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: starting over, estrangement, human nature, redemption, parents and children, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, unemployment, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, teenage life, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 9K
Fat Girl (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, ...
Style: sexual, bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, rape, rapist, virginity, sexual abuse, rape victim, resort, dysfunctional family, suburbs, holiday, summer vacation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern france, rome italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.5
 7K
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, atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: canal, neighbor, coming of age, drowning, mouse, realism, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, youth, family relations, parents and children, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, haunted by the past, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 398
Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: single parent, drugs/alcohol, realism, parents and children, small town, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, coming of age, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 3K
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, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
Time: contemporary
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29%
 7.6
 8K
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: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: pianist, dysfunctional family, unemployment, job seeking, housewife, thief, middle class, dishonesty, rebellion, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A tale of deliverance. Laura, 27 years old, lives alone in the outskirts of a large town. She learns that her father is in a coma, after a serious car accident. She decides to visit him at the hospital as a last opportunity to settle old scores, ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, parents and children, haunted by the past, estrangement, family problems, introspection, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, incest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
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Angel at Sea (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Louis is a twelve year old boy who lives with his parents and older brother in southern Morocco. Louis is very happy until the day his father shares a secret with him.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: innocence lost, coming of age, parents and children, mental illness, youth, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, misfit, climbing a tree, soccer, fear of death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa, seaport, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, hospital, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, innocence lost, suburbs, twins, parents and children, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 473
Lena (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, leaving home, teenage life, dutch, youth, single parent, innocence lost, parents and children, teenage love, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 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: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: custody, dysfunctional family, divorce, singer, musician, marriage, nanny, parents and children, childhood, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 274
Maya (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: MAYA is a coming of age story set against an outlawed brutal practice of ritual rape still occurring in some parts of India.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, immigrants, innocence lost, village, countryside, adoption, urban, death in the family, kids in trouble, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 860
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized, bleak
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, realism, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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