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Making Plans for Lena (2009)
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Making Plans for Lena (2009)
Original name: Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras Pas Danser
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 means necessary, to make her happy.
Style: tense, emotional, psychological, serious, realistic, clever, talky, folk tale
Plot: dysfunctional family, family gatherings, divorce, parents and children, family problems, family relations, love and romance, human nature, couples, countryside, siblings relations, florist, brother sister relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, mother son relationship, unfulfillment, ex husband, dancing, sister sister relationship, puppy, single mother, legend, male nudity, kitten, country house ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe, rome italy, paris france, brittany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and psychological films with plots about family problems, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, couples and love and romance mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Making Plans for Lena: Kira's Reason: A Love Story (2001), Man at Bath (2010), I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009), My Son (2006), Alpha Male (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Kira's Reason: A Love Story (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kira and Mads try to work out their marriage, after Kira has been two years in a mental institution, but is she really ready for the real world?
Style: serious, talky, clever, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, depression, family problems, starting over, family relations, dysfunctional family, real world, mentally unstable, human nature, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Man at Bath (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Omar and Emmanuel go to great lengths to prove they are not in love.
Style: emotional, contemplative, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, breakup, couples, gender, introspection, sexual relations, family problems, nudity (full frontal - brief), lgbt, art, sex scene, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, usa, new york, europe, paris france
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53%
I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
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 ...
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: foster child, disorder, parents and children, adoption, haunted by the past, youth, mischievous children, family problems, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family relations, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe
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44%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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39%
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Forgive Me (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Violette, an expectant wife, who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family, to be shown to her (as yet) unborn son.Through her ever-present lens, Violette begins to unearth one nasty family secret after ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, family problems, couples, uncover truth, infidelity, parents and children, disturbed childhood, adultery, father daughter relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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39%
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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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38%
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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37%
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The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, siblings relations, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, family problems, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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After Him (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A woman (Catherine Deneuve) becomes obsessed with her son's best friend after her child dies in a car accident. Camille voit sa vie brisée par la disparition de son fils dans un accident de la route. Incapable de faire le deuil, elle ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sexy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: obsession, family problems, family relations, couples, death in the family, love and romance, dealing with death, guilt, car accident, death of son, mother, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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35%
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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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35%
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Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, society, unfulfillment, hopes, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, alabama
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35%
Private Property (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Since Luc granted a divorce to Pascale ten years ago, he paid generous alimony and left a fine country house as long as their twin sons remain at home. Pascale always acted as if she was the provider and head of the household, even now the ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, breakup, couples, family life, impossible love, love triangle, love and romance, starting over, family problems, family relations, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
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32%
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The Dinner (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about two brothers and their wives, and the interactions between them and their two high school age children. When the kids get into serious trouble together, how will the parents relationships change with and among each other? Will the ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspense, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, family gatherings, family life, parents and children, couples, couple relations, family in crisis, siblings relations, human nature, family problems, under the surface, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy
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32%
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Jealousy (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The professional and emotional cross-currents between two romantically entwined theater actors played by the director’s son Louis and Anna Mouglalis.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, gloomy
Plot: love, love and romance, love affair, family problems, couples, couple relations, hidden identity, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, suicide attempt, frustration, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
To the Left of the Father (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce family conflicts and an overheated and intense visual style to ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, affectionate
Plot: incest, family problems, love and romance, destructive relationship, parents and children, family gatherings, family life, dysfunctional family, couples, clergy, innocence lost, love affair ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, writer's life, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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31%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, family life, family problems, couples, couple relations, siblings relations, family gatherings, parents and children, euthanasia, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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31%
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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30%
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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30%
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Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family life, family relations, homecoming, family gatherings, estrangement, parents and children, under the surface, siblings relations, family problems, strong female presence, nudity (full frontal - brief), family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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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28%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Hold Back (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Paris, today. Dorcy, a young black Christian, wants to marry Sabrina, a young North African. It what would be a simple matter if it weren't for the fact that Sabrina has 40 brothers and that this easygoing wedding has crystallized a taboo ...
Style: sincere, contemplative, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, forbidden love, immigrants, love and romance, human nature, impossible love, family in crisis, society, family problems, unfulfillment, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Inheritance (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Palestinian family living in the north of Galilee gathers to celebrate the wedding of one of their daughters, as war rages between Israel and Lebanon. Internal conflicts explode between the family - secrets are revealed and lies are unmasked. The ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sincere
Plot: family relations, forbidden love, family problems, life is a bitch, love and romance, family gatherings, wartime life, human nature, family life, bittersweet, family in crisis, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
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27%
Belleville-Tokyo (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Un couple se dirige vers un train en partance pour Venise. Sur le quai, Julien annonce à Marie qu’il part en rejoindre une autre et s’en va, la laissant seule à Paris, enceinte. Bouleversée, Marie se refuse à être victime de cette ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, breakup, couple relations, theater, workplace, couples, family problems, boss and employee, love and romance, friendship, strong female presence, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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27%
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Twelve Thirty (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: TWELVE THIRTY is drama about a family with adult children that is broken, and a self-centered young man who, in the span of a week, becomes entangled in each of their lives, wreaking havoc in the process.
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, love triangle, family problems, couples, gender, parents and children, sexual relations, dysfunctional family, sex scene, loneliness, gays and lesbians, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Cet amour-l? (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cet Amour-là is an intimate portrait of a legendary love affair. Set against the beauty of the Breton seaside, it is also a film that revels in the insights that Marguerite Duras' writing affords.
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: fall in love, wartime life, couple relations, destiny, family relations, couples, love and romance, lifestyle, hopes, soldier, haunted by the past, destructive relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%