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I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
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I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
Original name: Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This finely acted, delicate and provocative new film by one of France’s most impressive filmmakers—working here with his son, Nathan—depicts the troubled life of an adopted boy who, as a taciturn adult, visits his birth mother and strikes up a relationship fraught with tension and emotion.
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, tense, emotional, realistic
Plot: foster child, parents and children, adoption, haunted by the past, disorder, youth, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, mischievous children, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, single mother, death of mother, mother son reunion, murder of mother, baby boy, auto mechanic, mother son relationship, obsession, life is a bitch, down on your luck, female nudity, trial, male nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, female director and coming of age mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive: A Brand New Life (2009), My Son (2006), Making Plans for Lena (2009), Sisters (2009), Suzanne (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Brand New Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, dysfunctional family, family relations, hopes, parents and children, nun, little girl, family problems, youth, father daughter relationship, girl ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, seoul, asia
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My Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Julien and his mum care for each other very much. But Julien has committed a deadly sin: he is growing into a teenager! Worse, he has found himself a girlfriend of his age. "Mummy" is not going to tolerate such an ignominy. Julien is HER ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy
Plot: incestuous desire, family relations, teenage boy, puberty, psychological abuse, family problems, dysfunctional family, suburban life, parents and children, youth, mentally unstable, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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Making Plans for Lena (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids. She valiantly overcomes the obstacles put in her way. But she has yet to confront the worst of them: Her unstoppable family has decided, by any ...
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family gatherings, divorce, family problems, parents and children, family relations, couples, siblings relations, countryside, human nature, love and romance, florist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe, rome italy, paris france, brittany
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46%
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Sisters (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lyon, France in 1970s, Sibylle, Corinne, and Georgette are sisters who share everything, as they live with their Italian mother. Sibylle is the only blonde in the family, except for their father who abandoned them, and she feels isolated. She dreams ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, touching
Plot: family relations, youth, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, introspection, family problems, coming of age, single parent, obsessive quest, self discovery, godparent ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, france, lyon
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Suzanne (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, bleak
Plot: love affair, family life, dysfunctional family, fall in love, parents and children, family problems, single parent, coming of age, youth, siblings relations, teenage girl, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 1990s ...
Place: france
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41%
Mark of an Angel (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elsa, a woman with a long history of depression in the midst of a divorce from her husband of 12 years develops an obsession with a seven year old girl she sees at a birthday party when she comes to pick up her son Thomas. Determined to find out ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: obsession, haunted by the past, family relations, loss of daughter, crumbling marriage, mentally unstable, stalking, danger, parents and children, family problems, mother daughter relationship, little girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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37%
Zion and His Brother (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zion, aged 14 and his brother Meir, 17, are facing a crisis in their relationship after a terrible accident. They keep the secret to themselves and it haunts them until, finally, Zion re-examines his loyalty towards his older brother and decides ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth, working class, siblings relations, teenage life, haunted by the past, introspection, family in crisis, society, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
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36%
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In Mom's Head (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lulu's mother is depressed and has been as far back as she can remember, Lulu is determined to discover the truth behind her listlessness.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, realistic
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, love and romance, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, secret, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
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35%
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Family Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Frédérick, the patriarch of the Alsatian Muller family, is conspicuously absent from his son Charles' funeral, Frédérick's surviving son and his granddaughter, raw from their loss, await an explanation. Once revealed, ...
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: deportation, family relations, coming out, haunted by the past, introspection, aging, hopes, family problems, bittersweet, gender, death in the family, elderly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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34%
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Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, youth, child as adult, family problems, family relations, parents and children, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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34%
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, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, hopes, elderly, estrangement, family problems, introspection, parents and children, countryside, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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34%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family in crisis, redemption, hopes, family problems, domestic disturbance, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Last Hammer Blow (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: parents and children, coming of age, family relations, single parent, bittersweet, father son relationship, teenage boy, wig, orchestra conductor, playing piano, father son reunion, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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31%
Young Girls in Black (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Noémie and Priscilla, two teenage girls from working class backgrounds, cultivate the same violence, the same contempt of the world. They are a source of serious concern for family and friends, who sense them capable of going to extremes. Noémie ...
Style: emotional, contemplative, tense, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: human nature, teenage life, youth, society, family problems, dysfunctional family, death, suicide thoughts, friendship, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, estrangement, siblings relations, island, introspection, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, resort, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
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Things Behind the Sun (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Now that Itzhak's father is in a coma, and dying, Itzhak is finally willing to visit him, thus breaking a ten-year silence. During his visits to the hospital, Itzhak, a beaten and reserved man, is frustrated to find himself neglected by his own ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, siblings relations, family life, grandfather granddaughter relationship, hospital, husband wife relationship, coma, family secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
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29%
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, parents and children, society, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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29%
Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As she and her family embark on a short vacation, a Chilean teenager slowly comes to the realization that her parents might be splitting up.
Style: touching, sentimental, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, bittersweet, on the road, parents and children, family problems, siblings relations, protecting from truth, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, innocence lost, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile
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28%
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The Fatherless (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: They never expected Kyra to turn up again. The two brothers and their sister, brought together when their father dies, are stunned by the appearance of their sister.Kyra suddenly vanished over twenty years ago during the breakup of the hippie ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, self discovery, haunted by the past, family relations, family problems, reunion, death in the family, identity, old house, siblings relations, female director, singing in a car ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 80s, 1990s ...
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28%
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Lost Paradise (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Lucie and her father Hugo have grown closer since Lucie's mother left unexpectedly a year prior. When her mother returns, Hugo becomes jealous and angry.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: family relations, parents and children, family problems, single parent, unfulfillment, spouse leaving, haunted by the past, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife conflict, family conflict, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, south of france
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, society, danger, family problems, youth, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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27%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: custody, custody battle, coming of age, teenage girl, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch, family values, siblings relations, manipulation, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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27%
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of 9-year-old child, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant. With plenty of talent, energy, love and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves forced into a jungle of ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, sincere, realistic
Plot: starting over, life turned upside down, family relations, family in crisis, disorder, family problems, single parent, down on your luck, couple relations, hopes, restaurant, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, europe, paris france, montreal, ontario canada ...
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26%
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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: support group, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, depression, family relations, single parent, parent child relationship, post war, female protagonist, child abuse, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia, sarajevo, europe, bosnia herzegovina
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26%
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Rebounce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: REBOUNCE is a colorful, tough and powerful film featuring Frederikke Dahl Hansen in the leading role. She plays opposite Anne Sofie Espersen and Dar Salim, and despite being only 16 years old she portrays toughness, charm, and vulnerability ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, rough, psychological ...
Plot: coming of age, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, family problems, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, dysfunctional family, age difference, sex scene, partying ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, scandinavia, europe
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26%
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Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, obsession, family relations, urban ghetto, society, urban ghetto life, coming of age, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
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25%
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Hidden Diary (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1950s, Louise left her husband when their children were still little. She was never heard from again. Her daughter Martine stayed in the small seaside town, where she became a doctor. Martine's daughter, Audrey, a thirty-year-old ...
Style: sincere, realistic, atmospheric, serious, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, mysterious past, murder, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, estrangement, parent child relationship, small town, bittersweet, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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25%
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Bad Girl (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Louise simultaneously discovers that she is pregnant and that her mother is seriously ill. Happiness and guilt, euphoria and sadness, filial love and love, period. She'll need a good nine months to cope with all this.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: parents and children, terminal illness, artists and showbiz, family relations, couples, family problems, couple relations, pregnancy, unfulfillment, strong female presence, singer, beach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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25%
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Going Away (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two unlikely friends — a supply teacher and a lonely young boy suspended between two estranged parents — embark on a weekend motorcycle voyage full of surprises and unforeseen consequences in this surprisingly tough, unsentimental drama.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, hopes, love, weekend, loneliness, loan shark, family problems, dysfunctional family, female director, wealthy family, neglected child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, south of france
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25%
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Angel & Tony (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Angèle, a beautiful young woman with a past, arrives in a small fishing harbor in Normandy. She meets Tony, a professional fisherman, who finds himself attracted to her although he dislikes her blunt ways. Tony hires her as a fishmonger, lodges her ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, contemplative, realistic, serious
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, fall in love, starting over, estrangement, family problems, solitude, bittersweet, introspection, unlikely couple, romance, mother son reunion, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, normandy
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25%