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In a Better World (2010)
Original name: Hævnen
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, sincere, gloomy, stylized, captivating, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: friendship, bully, kids in trouble, hospital, loneliness, small town, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, marital problem, anger, bomb, cruelty, teacher, human nature, parents and children, childhood, adolescence, friends, parenthood, bullying, youth, revenge, family problems, family relations, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, africa, sudan, israel

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and melancholic films with plots about loneliness, friendship, crying, drinking, kiss, dysfunctional family and mentor mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like In a Better World: After the Wedding (2006), The Hunt (2012), Open Hearts (2002), Hesher (2010), An Unfinished Life (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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After the Wedding (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: wedding, life turned upside down, wealth, orphanage, marriage, millionaire, family, dying, businessman, poverty, idealism, daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, india, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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100%
 8.3
 226K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, small town life, injustice, pedophile, teacher, social relations, human nature, parents and children, dishonesty, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
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67%
 7.6
 9K
Open Hearts (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Cecilie and Joachim are about to get married when a freak car accident leaves Joachim disabled, throwing their lives into a spin. The driver of the other car, Marie, and her family don’t get off lightly, either. Her husband Niels works in the ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, extramarital affair, crumbling marriage, romance, couple relations, divorce, broken engagement, secret love, paraplegic, chance, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 48K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, offbeat, emotional ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, stranger, rebelliousness, death in the family, dysfunctional character, loner, arson, family problems, life is a bitch, depression, youth, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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An Unfinished Life (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Stoic and heartbroken, Einar Gilkyson quietly lives in the rugged Wyoming ranchlands alongside his only trusted friend, Mitch Bradley. Then, suddenly, the woman he blames for the death of his only son arrives at his door broke, desperate, and with a ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: starting over, redemption, sheriff, countryside, hopes, farm, friendship, cowboy, bully, single parent, violence against women, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, iowa
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52%
 6.9
 2K
Dandelion (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where families exist in fragmented silence and love seems to have gone missing. Then Mason meets Danny, a sensitive and troubled girl, and their tender ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: teenage love, small town, dysfunctional family, coming of age, friendship, young heroes, young lovers, romance, factory, innocence lost, family in crisis, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.5
 78K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: single father, terminal illness, redemption, afterlife, death, chinese, illegal immigrant, dying, suffering, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, mexico, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 598
Little Soldier (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A soldier returning from war is hired by her own father to drive his prostitutes around town. She calls upon herself to help one of them.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sincere, tense ...
Plot: prostitute, human spirit, friendship, small town, parents and children, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, friends, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Let the Right One In (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor ...
Style: atmospheric, gothic, captivating, bleak, scary ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, friendship, hidden identity, love and romance, deadly, loneliness, bully, youth, suicide, bullying, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Someone You Love (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Someone You Love is a story about world famous singer-songwriter Thomas Jacob who lives in Los Angeles. He is a successful man with a lot of burned bridges. After years abroad Thomas travels back to Denmark to record a new album. There his estranged ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: introspection, life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, family relations, musician's life, single parent, parents and children, homecoming, disorder, direction and purpose, drugs, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 3K
Brotherhood (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gay, racism, unlikely couple, xenophobia, homosexuality, male bonding, nazism, forbidden love, love affair, tragic love, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, marriage, unfaithful wife, college, friendship, writer's life, betrayal, forbidden love, loyalty, suburbs, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Love Is All You Need (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Romantic comedy from Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (Brothers, In a Better World), about two very different families brought together for a wedding in a beautiful old Italian villa.
Style: talky, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: breast cancer, infidelity, hairdresser, wedding, seaside town, chance meeting, family gatherings, love and romance, couples, romance, family relations, unlikely couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 16K
Kidulthood (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, school, gang, gun, bullying, pregnancy, teenage life, friendship, teenage love, social decay, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 32K
The Messenger (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, iraq war, friendship, war, redemption, military, dealing with death, wounded, human nature, wartime life, hopes, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, bosnia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 ⇓
45%
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: talky, realistic, gloomy, serious, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, african american, siblings relations, addiction, family gatherings, sister, family problems, family relations, family life, rehabilitation, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.5
 609
Crutch (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: coming of age, drug abuse, coming out, dysfunctional family, suburbs, dangerous attraction, addiction, alcohol abuse, family in crisis, suburban life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: pregnancy, hitchhiker, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family relations, starting over, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, norway, new york state, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, fall in love, first love, dealing with death, youth, coping, dying, fighting illness, human relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
His Secret Life (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce wholesaler named Michele.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: aids, transsexual, friendship, gays and lesbians, infidelity, gay relationship, family, love and romance, couples, friends, dealing with death, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: istanbul turkey, rome italy, milan italy, spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Style: sexual, psychological, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, strong sexual content, adultery, small town, under the surface, housewife, love affair, parenthood, extramarital affair, masturbation, castration, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.8
 7K
Somersault (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Australian teenager Heidi is left with little choice but to leave home after she's caught red-handed with her mother's boyfriend. With few options, Heidi ends up in Jindabyne, a tourist community. Upon meeting Joe at a bar, she pursues a ...
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, teenage life, love and romance, youth, couples, friendship, couple relations, teenager, fall in love, gas station, resort ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.3
 487
Free Radicals (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Following the death of Manu (Resetarits) in a car accident, the film relates the interwoven stories of several people who become indirectly connected by the events and aftermath of the crash.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere
Plot: shopping mall, paralysis, dealing with death, love affair, small town, parents and children, death in the family, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, introspection, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe, brazil, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 12K
Snow Cake (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mentally challenged, snow, autism, rehabilitation, funeral, friendship, mental illness, ex convict, death in the family, rock, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 5K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, friends, death, war veteran, grief, memory, infidelity, last wish, life, on the road, buddies, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 14K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: single parent, truck, illegal immigrant, gardener, immigrants, american dream, thief, theft, drugs/alcohol, urban, garden, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, beverly hills ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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 ⇓
43%
 7.8
 20K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, family drama, father son relationship, coming of age, mute or deaf, mother son relationship, life & death, ship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 164K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, crumbling marriage, couple relations, nurse, lust, strong sexual content, depression, dysfunctional family, dancing, truck, classroom, bridge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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