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Illegal (2010)
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Illegal (2010)
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: sentimental, touching, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: family relations, misfit, fighting the system, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, rebellion, human spirit, hopes, social differences, society, immigrants, suicide, birthday, russian, freedom, quitting a job, immigration, separation, deportation, 14 year old, beating, illegal immigrant, escape, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe

Most similar movies to Illegal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about society, family relations, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, misfit and immigrants mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Illegal: Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), Phantom Pain (2009), The God of Wood (2010), All Our Desires (2011), Cages (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Love Belongs to Everyone (2006)
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: realistic, touching, captivating, serious, emotional
Plot: misfit, society, homecoming, family relations, forced into action, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, fight, black eye ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium
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95%
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)
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: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, emotional
Plot: youth, culture clash, rebellion, society, misfit, social misfits, life is a bitch, mischievous children, parents and children, family relations, social relations, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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64%
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Phantom Pain (2009)
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: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: disability, couple relations, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, human spirit, misfit, human nature, family relations, redemption, new love, amputation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The God of Wood (2010)
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: serious, emotional, touching, sexual, realistic
Plot: hopes, interracial relations, love and romance, family relations, misfit, urban, lifestyle, gender, society, culture clash, gays and lesbians, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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All Our Desires (2011)
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: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: fall in love, love and romance, life is a bitch, workplace intrigue, legal action, workplace situations, legal, injustice, legal investigation, hopes, workplace, righting the wronged ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Cages (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Eve is an emergency medical technician who falls in love with Damien (Sagamore Stévenin), a handsome and caring man who runs a neighborhood bar in the Belgian countryside. When Damien and Eve become a couple, she joins him in looking after the bar ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, psychological, sexual
Plot: dishonesty, family problems, couples, bar, infidelity, mute or deaf, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, couple relations, hopes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Strike (2006)
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: captivating, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: working class, boss and employee, state affairs, price of justice, life is a bitch, legal action, workplace, single parent, rivalry, heroes, workplace situations, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
 328
Fly Away (2011)
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: captivating, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, single parent, youth, family relations, communication problem, misfit, society, moral dilemma, family problems, nursing, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Home Again (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Returning to a "home" they hardly know after being deported from their adopted countries for minor criminal offenses, three people from very different backgrounds try to make a new life for themselves, in Jamaica in this gutsy drama from ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: deportation, injustice, homecoming, society, starting over, misfit, culture clash, life is a bitch, hopes, social misfits, immigrants, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jamaica, canada, england, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Profoundly Normal (2003)
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: interracial relations, family in crisis, hopes, suburban life, thirtysomething life, siblings relations, coping, idealism, rebellion, working class, optimism, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, immigrants, society, misfit, family relations, worker, emigrant, poverty, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, parents and children, down on your luck, hopes, redemption, unemployment, estrangement, haunted by the past, society, family relations, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Colossal Youth (2006)
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: realistic, gloomy, touching, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: down on your luck, urban ghetto life, village life, life is a bitch, village, addiction, human nature, starting over, misfit, society, innocence lost, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Won't Back Down (2012)
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: touching, realistic, uplifting, serious, emotional ...
Plot: school, human spirit, teachers and students, hopes, parents and children, fighting the system, family relations, changing lives, social relations, society, youth, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Glasgow Girls (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: Glasgow Girls is a specially commissioned musical drama for BBC Three that tells the inspirational true story of a group of schoolgirls whose petition to save their friend from deportation inspired a movement which would eventually help change ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: friendship, society, rebellion, idealism, injustice, campaign, immigrants, youth, deportation, kids in trouble, human spirit, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2005
Place: scotland, england, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, gloomy, disturbing, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: hospital, family problems, introspection, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, family relations, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, estrangement, sexual abuse, incest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: captivating, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: friendship, friends, family relations, youth, coming of age, gender, parents and children, social misfits, society, misfit
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
My Father My Lord (2007)
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: family tradition, death in the family, family problems, family relations, religions or cults, society, introspection, rabbi, clergy, self discovery, mentally challenged, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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For a Moment, Freedom (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, France, Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Centers on a group of weary Middle Eastern refugees who have made their way to Turkey to apply for European visas.
Style: realistic, captivating, clever, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, refugee, immigrants, political unrest, refugees, friends, injustice, fugitives, hopes, misfit, society, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Mary and Martha (2013)
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, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, malaria, redemption, human spirit, dealing with death, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, money raising, parent child relationship, hospital, death of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Yasmin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In England, the Pakistanis Yasmin lives two lives in two different worlds: in her community, she wears Muslin clothes, cooks for her father and brother and has the traditional behavior of a Muslin woman. Further, she has a non-consumed marriage with ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: parents and children, immigrants, family in crisis, family relations, religions or cults, terrorism, injustice, life is a bitch, isolation, culture clash, false accusation, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pakistan, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Shirley Adams (2009)
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: gloomy, touching, uplifting, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, family in crisis, down on your luck, misfit, introspection, society, family relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Cut Loose (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A journalist is about to settle with his girlfriend when his life and views get shaken up by the young and beautiful Pakistani refugee Nadia. At work his ideals are more and more confronted with the harsh reality of modern urban society, while his ...
Style: thought provoking, semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Plot: racism, impossible love, idealism, innocence lost, self discovery, journalism, media, mercy killing, misfit, society, urban, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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All Cats Are Grey (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 84 min.
Story: This Belgian drama is about the special bond between father and daughter. Paul is a 46 year old PI. Dorothy is almost 16 and has an identity crisis when she finds out her father isn't her biological father. Her mother won't tell her ...
Style: captivating, realistic, gloomy, touching, serious ...
Plot: private detective, nightclub, teenager, obsession, teenage life, youth, coming of age, unknown father, vomiting, paternity revealed, interview, taking a photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 33
Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, tense, touching
Plot: elderly, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, golden years, parents and children, immigrants, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Karamazov Brothers (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dostoevsky’s latter-day opus about the siblings and their father is among the masterpieces of world literature. It asks profound questions about ethics and religion. Is there a God? Does the devil exist? Is everything allowed because we live in a ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, performer's life, hopes, artists and showbiz, dealing with death, parents and children, siblings relations, family relations, lifestyle, society, actor's life, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe, czech republic, prague
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, family relations, friends, opposites attract, immigrants, human nature, coming of age, love and romance, family life, friendship, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 633
The Dollmaker (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, dealing with death, family in crisis, urban ghetto life, working class, family relations, society, starting over, americana, imaginary character, social differences ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: detroit, usa, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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David's Mother (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since her husband left many years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging 'The System' to keep her son with her, instead of putting him in an institution. ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: fighting the system, family relations, legal action, parents and children, rebellion, disability, society, human nature, single parent, youth, misfit, autism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, bleak, touching ...
Plot: society, feminism, survival, hidden identity, religions or cults, family relations, danger, political unrest, dishonesty, injustice, human nature, war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%