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Life, Above All (2010)
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Life, Above All (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: poverty, human spirit, youth, family relations, parents and children, hopes, family problems, society, social misfits, leaving home, estrangement, social relations, village, death in the family, family in crisis, little girl, mother daughter relationship, alcoholic father, school, prostitution, coffin, gossip and rumors, misfit, village life, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, hopes, society, youth and family in crisis mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Life, Above All: Shirley Adams (2009), Orphan (2009), Yesterday (2004), The Last Sin Eater (2007), Putty Hill (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, single parent, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, family relations, family problems, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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95%
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Orphan (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chilean family deals with the new values in a quickly changing world.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: social differences, society, hopes, family relations, family problems, parents and children, introspection, human spirit, family life, village, family in crisis, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
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85%
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Yesterday (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, village, witch doctor, hiv, parents and children, human spirit, kindness, society, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
The Last Sin Eater (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, family problems, parents and children, hopes, society, death in the family, religion, dark secret, girl, imaginary friend, sin, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, death in the family, drug abuse, introspection, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, estrangement, father daughter relationship, overdose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Silent Waters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, France, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ayesha is a widow with a secret past, living with her beloved son Saleem in a small town in Pakistan close to the Indian border. When the fires of Islamic nationalism invade their tranquil lives, Saleem and a few of the town's other young men ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: hopes, politics, wartime life, self discovery, family life, death in the family, human nature, family relations, family problems, battles, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 70s, 40s, 1940s
Place: pakistan, india, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, parents and children, culture clash, family relations, realism, youth, misfit, social misfits, society, single mother, discrimination, resilience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: touching, realistic, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: school, fighting the system, human spirit, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, social relations, changing lives, family relations, youth, society, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Misunderstood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: separated parents, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family life, youth, female protagonist, school, little girl, piano playing, half sister half sister relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family business, self discovery, follow your dream, society, hopes, family problems, parents and children, human spirit, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Fat Boy Chronicles (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The Fat Boy Chronicles is a motion picture about Jimmy Winterpock, an obese high-school student who deals with bullying and trying to lose weight. The film is inspired by a true story and was released in 2010 as a major motion picture.
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: human spirit, teenage love, love and romance, high school, misfit, social misfits, win over, youth, society, hopes, teenage life, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family, babies and infants, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Choco (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young woman raising alone her children while her husband gets drunk but when she breaks free nothing will be the same
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy
Plot: optimism, family relations, parents and children, unemployment, society, hopes, family problems, village, husband wife relationship, loss of job, unsupportive spouse, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, teenage life, single parent, society, youth, social misfits, elderly, river, coming of age, grandfather granddaughter relationship, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, touching, captivating, realistic
Plot: social misfits, parents and children, family relations, youth, friendship, society, lgbt, coming of age, androgyny, leaving home, misfit, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Lifted (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, military life, military, hopes, wartime life, contests and competitions, society, family in crisis, soldier, follow your dream, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, middle east, alabama, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 185
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, youth, society, danger, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch, family problems, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, family in crisis, parents and children, domestic disturbance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The plot follows the individual journeys of three ordinary South African men in the build up to their attendance of the 2010 Mighty Men Conference, where their lives are forever changed by God's message for them.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional, christian film
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, redemption, hopes, society, family problems, friendship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, guru, religions or cults, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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33 Scenes from Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Polish artist Julia and her husband Piotr, a talented and successful composer, live in Kraków. When Julias's mother, Barbara falls ill with stomach cancer, the life of the family is falling apart. Julia accompanies her mother to death, but ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: death, self discovery, introspection, parents and children, family problems, dealing with death, hopes, lifestyle, family relations, estrangement, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Fly with the Crane (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Serenely resigned to his impending death but deeply afraid at the prospect of being cremated, an elderly carpenter seeks to have his last wishes carried out in this gentle, beautifully realized drama from director Li Ruijin. (TIFF)
Style: sincere, touching, contemplative, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, family problems, parents and children, death in the family, elderly, little girl, grandfather granddaughter relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, little boy, cousin cousin relationship, youth, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, life turned upside down, rivalry, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
 325
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: autism, parents and children, moral dilemma, mentally challenged, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, single parent, youth, child illness, family problems, nursing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 830
The Way We Are (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Way We Are is a respectful, unglamorous, and serenely charming portrait of regular people and a Hong Kong town that normally gets a bad rap. It may put you to sleep, but the visit and Ann Hui's quiet touch are exceptionally worthwhile.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, working class, society, single parent, family problems, unfulfillment, loss of daughter, loss of husband, poverty, hopes, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.9
 143
Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, lifestyle, rise to the top, human spirit, single parent, teenage life, parents and children, family life, family problems, youth, hopes, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, puerto rico, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Two Gates of Sleep (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After preparing for their mother's imminent death, two brothers go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request.
Style: touching, emotional, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: death in the family, family relations, family problems, last wish, hopes, introspection, siblings relations, dealing with death, brother brother relationship, very little dialogue, coffin, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%