Movies like Illegal

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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: serious, emotional, 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, suicide, birthday, russian, freedom, quitting a job, immigration, separation, deportation, 14 year old, beating, escape, hidden identity, fake 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, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, misfit and immigrants mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Illegal: Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), The God of Wood (2010), All Our Desires (2011), Phantom Pain (2009), 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: 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, hugging, punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: realism, social misfits, 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: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, sexual, realistic, touching
Plot: immigrants, family relations, urban, gays and lesbians, fall in love, interracial relations, parents and children, culture clash, gender, hopes, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: 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 ⇓
46%
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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: 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 ⇓
46%
 6.3
 184
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: sexual, serious, tense, realistic, psychological
Plot: crumbling marriage, bar, couples, family problems, mute or deaf, couple relations, infidelity, life turned upside down, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.9
 416
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: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: working class, fighting the system, legal action, politics, ship, human spirit, rebelliousness, boss and employee, death in the family, memory loss, political corruption, price of justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 324
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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: autism, single parent, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, social misfits, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, disturbing, realistic, 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, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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
Plot: friendship, human spirit, idealism, campaign, fighting the system, rebellion, society, immigrants, teenage life, kids in trouble, injustice, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005
Place: scotland, england, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: private detective, nightclub, teenager, obsession, unknown father, youth, teenage life, coming of age, wig, drugs, skateboard, skateboarding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, brussels
⇓ 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: 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 ⇓
37%
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: mentally challenged, in the woods, human spirit, suburbs, siblings relations, pregnancy, suburban life, optimism, disability, family life, hopes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
 202
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, society, immigrants, parents and children, life is a bitch, misfit, family relations, school, father daughter relationship, emigrant, emigration, worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, village, innocence lost, emigration, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, society, life is a bitch, starting over, human nature, addiction, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: 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 ⇓
35%
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The Invader (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An African immigrant living illegally in Belgium is desperate to find his own sense of belonging.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, tense, thought provoking
Plot: immigrants, human nature, urban, misfit, society, couple relations, life is a bitch, couples, job seeking, unfaithful wife, sex standing up, female full frontal nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: coming of age, social misfits, parents and children, gender, misfit, society, youth, family relations, friendship, friends
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: transplant, friendship, terminal illness, hospital, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, friends, buddies, human spirit, optimism, fall in love, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ 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: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, introspection, small town, parents and children, down on your luck, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, idealism, parents and children, urban, hopes, society, family relations, teachers and students, rebellion, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: deportation, starting over, homecoming, life is a bitch, society, immigrants, social misfits, culture clash, down on your luck, injustice, hopes, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: jamaica, england, canada, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: golden years, immigrants, parents and children, dysfunctional family, elderly, society, family problems, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: serious, captivating, sincere, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: refugee, friendship, fugitives, political unrest, hopes, society, immigrants, starting over, injustice, misfit, friends, leaving home ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, coming of age, dog, teenage boy, family relations, obnoxious boss, single parent, contests and competitions, boss and employee, friendship, teenage life, animal life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, serious, uplifting, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: malaria, human spirit, hopes, parent child relationship, dealing with death, redemption, death in the family, terminal illness, campaign, fighting the system, ambition, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 410
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: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, innocence lost, introspection, interracial relations, urban, society, immigrants, journalism, idealism, self discovery, impossible love, mercy killing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 722
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: serious, realistic
Plot: immigrants, parents and children, culture clash, society, terrorism, social differences, false accusation, family in crisis, isolation, religions or cults, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 459
The C-Word (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's inspiring and candid book, based on her blog, about her battle with cancer.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, witty ...
Plot: terminal illness, life turned upside down, hopes, unfulfillment, journalism, human spirit, couple relations, optimism, media, couples, family relations, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%