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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, bittersweet, police, suicide, birthday, russian, freedom, quitting a job, immigration, separation, deportation, political scandal, 14 year old, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 hopes, society, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, misfit and human spirit mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Illegal: Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), Phantom Pain (2009), All Our Desires (2011), Fly Away (2011), Oxygen (2010). 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: contemplative, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: rehabilitation, family relations, parents and children, forced into action, mentally challenged, life is a bitch, hopes, homecoming, misfit, society, abuse, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: fighting the system, social misfits, life is a bitch, mischievous children, parents and children, social relations, family relations, realism, misfit, youth, culture clash, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, hopes, couple relations, disability, parents and children, misfit, human nature, redemption, human spirit, family relations, new love, operation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, sentimental, touching, serious
Plot: injustice, courtroom drama, society, legal investigation, legal, legal action, workplace intrigue, workplace situations, fighting the system, life is a bitch, hopes, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 329
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: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: autism, family problems, social misfits, life is a bitch, single parent, youth, society, misfit, moral dilemma, bittersweet, child illness, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 1K
Oxygen (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two young man share an incurable illness. Is their love for the women in their lives strong enough to conquer their fear of dying?
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: transplant, human spirit, terminal illness, friendship, optimism, hopes, life is a bitch, deadly, fall in love, unfulfillment, love and romance, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: touching, serious, thought provoking, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, human nature, addiction, family relations, urban ghetto life, starting over, misfit, hopes, husband wife relationship, drug abuse, village, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Guten Tag, Ramón (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After five failed attempts to go to the United States, 18-year-old Ramón decides to look for a friend’s aunt in Germany, but never finds her. With no papers or money, and without knowing the language, he barely survives living on the street until ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, society, hopes, fish out of water, beggar, mexican, life is a bitch, unemployed, disorder, misfit, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, touching, emotional, sexual, realistic
Plot: family relations, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, gays and lesbians, fall in love, immigrants, society, misfit, lifestyle, interracial relations, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 2K
Our Life (2010)
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, sincere, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: working class, life is a bitch, family problems, society, family in crisis, parents and children, wife husband relationship, desperation, brother brother relationship, social differences, redemption, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 187
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, sexual, tense, psychological, serious
Plot: unfulfillment, disorder, family problems, love and romance, mute or deaf, misfit, bar, couple relations, life turned upside down, crumbling marriage, infidelity, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, emotional, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, couples, fighting the system, family in crisis, human spirit, coping, hopes, family life, society, idealism, interracial relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 369
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: deportation, down on your luck, starting over, culture clash, society, misfit, injustice, life is a bitch, homecoming, hopes, immigrants, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: jamaica, england, canada, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 425
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: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: working class, campaign, injustice, rebelliousness, rebellion, society, single parent, family problems, hopes, labor union, legal, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, malaria, redemption, hopes, human spirit, dealing with death, 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 ⇓
38%
 6.2
 182
Little Lion (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Mitri is 15 years old and lives in a village in Senegal. Like all the youngsters of his age, he plays football, dreaming of the Barcelona and Chelsea Football Clubs. When an agent sees him, Mitri believes in his luck. But, in order to go chasing ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, psychological, serious
Plot: sport, follow your dream, hopes, immigrants, ambition, athlete and trainer, youth, athlete's life, life is a bitch, football, disorder, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: friendship, idealism, rebellion, human spirit, fighting the system, deportation, kids in trouble, youth, injustice, campaign, society, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005
Place: scotland, england, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.0
 208
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: immigrants, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, misfit, society, music band, school, synthesizer, poverty, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: serious, gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: human nature, job seeking, society, estrangement, haunted by the past, unemployment, redemption, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, hopes, parents and children, family relations, society, street kid, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, single parent, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, touching, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, human spirit, fighting the system, hopes, teachers and students, parents and children, society, youth, changing lives, family relations, social relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: captivating, sincere, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, hopes, lifestyle, society, redemption, dealing with death, siblings relations, family relations, human nature, artists and showbiz, performer's life, actor's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland, czech republic, prague
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: realistic, disturbing, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: hospital, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, estrangement, introspection, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, intensive care ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
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 252
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: emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, immigrants, opposites attract, family relations, friends, coming of age, single parent, culture clash, youth, friendship, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 657
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: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, unemployment, society, lifestyle, americana, dealing with death, family in crisis, down on your luck, city life, urban ghetto life, family problems ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: detroit, kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Chasing Freedom (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
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: uplifting, emotional, touching, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: deportation, fighting the system, courtroom drama, rebellion, hotshot lawyer, life is a bitch, hopes, legal, idealism, injustice, terrorism, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001
Place: afghanistan, new york, pakistan, bangladesh
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, siblings relations, self discovery, hopes, estrangement, elderly, parents and children, family relations, countryside, family problems, aging, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Mighty Celt (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Centred around greyhound racing in a Catholic community after the "Troubles" have ended but where their legacy remains strong. Donal is a 14-year old who works in a greyhound racing kennel owned by Good Joe. If Donal's favourite ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: contests and competitions, animal training, friends, boss and employee, friendship, ambition, youth, single parent, bittersweet, family relations, parents and children, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 660
The Auction (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Bouchard & Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One day, the oldest asks him for some financial support ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, parents and children, family relations, introspection, selflessness, elderly, countryside, father daughter relationship, hopes, golden years, siblings relations, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Captain Abu Raed (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Jordan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Abu Raed is an old airport janitor who has always yearned to travel the world but has never been able to afford it. One day, he finds an old discarded pilot's hat, and discovers a calling: a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume ...
Style: serious, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: mistaken identity, friendship, working class, human spirit, hopes, down on your luck, escape from reality, elderly, longing, arranged marriage, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jordan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%