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Illegal
Original name: Illégal
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested.
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, captivating
Plot: immigrants, human spirit, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society, fighting the system, social differences, injustice, misfit, rebellion, family relations, female warden, illegal alien, fingerprints, immigration, identity, separation, mother son reunion, police violence, head wound, suicide by hanging, quitting a job, freedom, scandal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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Swades
Drama
India
195 min.
 8.3
Desert Flower
Biography, Drama
UK, Germany, Austria, France
120 min.
 7.4
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Most similar movies to Illegal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about society, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, misfit and family problems mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Illegal: Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), Strike (2006), Chasing Freedom (2004), Desert Flower (2009), All Our Desires (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Love Belongs to Everyone
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Shy, gentle half-wit Dennis, whose only obsession is train-spotting, is released early on account of good behavior after a rape sentence. His parents who run a modest barbershop, skeptic André and Rita, desperately try to keep him out of girl ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, captivating
Plot: parents and children, hopes, misfit, family relations, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, homecoming, society, life is a bitch, forced into action, black eye, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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System:   95%
    User:   92%
 
 6.9
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Strike
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In poverty, she found strength. In oppression, she found courage. In solidarity, she found a reason to believe again. Acclaimed German actress Katharina Thalbach (THE TIN DRUM, SOPHIE’S CHOICE) stars in this hard-hitting historical drama set during ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: fighting the system, legal action, ship, politics, human spirit, rebelliousness, boss and employee, death in the family, working class, memory loss, political corruption, price of justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, poland
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System:   88%
    User:   84%
 
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Chasing Freedom
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: New York attorney Libby (Juliette Lewis) is a go-getter who won't let anyone stand in the way of her success. But when she accepts a pro bono case involving young Afghan dissident Meena (Layla Alizada), Libby finds her corporate dreams replaced ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, mental institution, immigrants, legal action, terrorism, idealism, corporate crimes, courtroom drama, political corruption, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001
Place: new york, afghanistan, bangladesh, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   80%
 
 7.4
 11K
Desert Flower
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The autobiography of a Somalian nomad who was sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN spokeswoman against female genital mutilation.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, rising to stardom, feminism, human spirit, idealism, introspection, supermodel, injustice, hopes, society, gender, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, somalia, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   56%
 
All Our Desires
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Claire and Stéphane are two Lyon-based judges who could hardly be more different. She is young and enthusiastic, committed to helping those unfortunates who find themselves in debt. He is older, wiser, but disillusioned with his work and his life. ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: fighting the system, legal action, courtroom drama, righting the wronged, dishonesty, legal, rivalry, society, workplace, legal investigation, human spirit, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   51%
 
 6.9
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Tar Angel
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Newly-arrived Ahmed tries to integrate his family to the canadian society, while attempting to control his son's life orientation.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: computer virus, immigrants, misfit, society, on the run, uncover truth, rebelliousness, muslim, snow, parents and children, missing person, political unrest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, algeria, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   64%
 
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: social misfits, realism, culture clash, life is a bitch, misfit, rebellion, society, family relations, social relations, fighting the system, mischievous children, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   54%
 
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Profoundly Normal
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: mentally challenged, in the woods, human spirit, siblings relations, suburbs, pregnancy, suburban life, optimism, disability, family life, hopes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   60%
 
Eastern Plays
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Sweden
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two estranged brothers are brought together when they have opposite roles in a racist beating: while Georgi who's recently joined a neo-nazi group participates in the violence, Hristo witnesses and rescues a Turkish family. Georgi, now being ...
Style: serious, gloomy, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, introspection, redemption, forbidden love, addiction, siblings relations, racism, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, gang, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, bulgaria, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   47%
 
The God of Wood
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Yao (Madi Diocou) and Moroccan Rachid (Soufiane Ouaarab) arrive illegally in Valencia, Spain, and separate. Yao sells pirated DVDs in the street and wanders disconsolately around the barrio until he glimpses divorcee Maria Luisa (Marisa Paredes) ...
Style: emotional, serious, sexual, realistic, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, gays and lesbians, urban, fall in love, interracial relations, parents and children, culture clash, gender, hopes, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
 7.5
 265K
Babel
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: multiple storylines, desert, suicide, redemption, depression, death, guilt, parenthood, destiny, nanny, father daughter relationship, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, japan, morocco, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   58%
 
Mary and Martha
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, hopes, dealing with death, malaria, redemption, death in the family, terminal illness, campaign, fighting the system, ambition, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   46%
 
 6.4
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Phantom Pain
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, redemption, disability, hopes, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, misfit, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   44%
 
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Colossal Youth
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, innocence lost, village, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, society, life is a bitch, starting over, human nature, addiction, down on your luck, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   47%
 
Shirley Adams
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: human spirit, introspection, parents and children, small town, down on your luck, disability, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   49%
 
 6.2
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Fly Away
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: single parent, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, life is a bitch, autism, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   51%
 
Distant Lights
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lichter is an episodic tale from Hans-Christian Schmid about the life on the boarder between Germany and Poland. The film sheds light on the everyday stories of escape and desperateness.
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, taxi driver, architect, human spirit, rock, rebelliousness, redemption, injustice, against the odds, border, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, poland, germany, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   44%
 
My Father My Lord
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 72 min.
Story: "My Father My Lord" is an intimate and deeply disturbing story of the conflict between a father's love and his deep devotion to religion. A respected Orthodox Rabbi dotes on his only son but his religious strictures leave an emotional ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, religions or cults, family problems, family relations, clergy, mentally challenged, coming of age, introspection, self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   42%
 
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The Secret of the Grain
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 151 min.
Story: At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, talky ...
Plot: realism, follow your dream, family relations, immigrants, parents and children, working class, family in crisis, belly dancing, cooking, cooking and food, estrangement, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, seaport, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   44%
 
When We Leave
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: parents and children, hopes, society, family problems, family relations, marital rape, abusive father, life is a bitch, immigrants, against the rules, redemption, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, turkey, istanbul turkey, berlin germany
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System:   48%
    User:   54%
 
Won't Back Down
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, school, parents and children, hopes, urban, society, family relations, teachers and students, rebellion, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   52%
 
Christmas at Maxwell's
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: elderly lovers, ocean or sea, dealing with death, human spirit, child illness, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, road not taken, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   42%
 
The Brooke Ellison Story
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Plot: college, single parent, high school, social misfits, hospital, underdog, rehabilitation, school, university, human spirit, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   44%
 
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 8.3
 70K
Swades
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 195 min.
Story: Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist ...
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, village, hopes, society, bollywood, nanny, human spirit, social differences, culture clash, redemption, discrimination, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   41%
 
Resurrection Blvd.
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Santiagos are a proud East Los Angeles Latino family whose hopes and dreams are rooted in the world of professional boxing.
Style: serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic, rough
Plot: athlete's life, parents and children, siblings relations, family life, urban, hopes, family relations, immigrants, coming of age, human spirit, ambition, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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System:   45%
    User:   53%
 
All or Nothing
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, talky, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, loneliness, drinking, poverty, realism, couple relations, taxi driver, hospital, relationships, parents and children, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, new jersey, algeria ...
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System:   45%
    User:   47%
 
Shun Li and the Poet
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: immigrants, social misfits, friendship, village, misfit, friends, single parent, fish out of water, village life, workplace situations, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   35%
 
She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing
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, disturbing, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: parents and children, haunted by the past, hospital, estrangement, family problems, introspection, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, intensive care ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   39%
 

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Our Life
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Claudio works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, a dramatic event comes to upset this simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against ...
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, family problems, life is a bitch, single parent, dealing with death, redemption, friendship, down on your luck, missing person, twentysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
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System:   43%
    User:   47%
 
...First Do No Harm
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, human spirit, hospital, parents and children, child illness, small town, courtroom drama, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
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System:   42%
    User:   39%
 
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