Movies like Nil by Mouth

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Nil by Mouth (1997)
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Nil by Mouth
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family.
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, harsh, gloomy, brutal, dark humor, rough, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, drug abuse, addiction, heroin, working class, violence, drugs, drinking, father son relationship, realism, poverty, drugs/alcohol, alcohol abuse, violent, brutality, drug addiction, down on your luck, family drama, british, visceral, gangsters, dialogue, urban, life is a bitch, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, harsh and talky films with plots about storytelling, mentor, loneliness, brutality, redemption, dialogue and drinking mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Nil by Mouth: The War Zone (1999), All or Nothing (2002), Frozen Land (2005), Ulee's Gold (1997), Wonderland (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The War Zone
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
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Duration: 128 min.
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Frozen Land
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a schoolteacher is sacked, he projects his bad mood at his troubled teenage son. The son, in turn, buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This starts a chain reaction of misery as every victim projects his problems on to ...
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Place: europe, finland
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Ulee's Gold
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
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Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, parents and children, family drama, character study, storytelling, family, redemption, family relations, tragedy, dialogue, violence ...
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Submarino
Genre: Drama
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Style: bleak, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
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