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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, psychological, realistic
Plot: poverty, mother daughter relationship, little girl, human spirit, youth, family relations, parents and children, society, family problems, social misfits, leaving home, social relations, estrangement, hopes, child prostitution, village, family in crisis, death in the family, alcoholic father, life is a bitch, social problems, teenager, family life, changing lives, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, society, life is a bitch and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Life, Above All: Shirley Adams (2009), Orphan (2009), Yesterday (2004), Death of a Superhero (2011), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, introspection, parents and children, human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family relations, family problems, social decay, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: social differences, family relations, family problems, family life, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, society, hopes, family in crisis, village, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, latin america
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83%
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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: sincere, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, human spirit, village, parents and children, kindness, society, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, injustice, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: johannesburg south africa, south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, sad ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family in crisis, family problems, hopes, coming of age, terminal illness, teenager, dealing with death, child illness, first love ...
Place: ireland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, youth, family relations, husband wife relationship, lifetime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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60%
Silent Waters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, France, Germany
Duration: 99 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, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: islam, family life, self discovery, wartime life, hopes, politics, mother son relationship, small town life, culture clash, haunted by the past, family in crisis, human nature ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, year 1979, year 1947
Place: pakistan, asia, middle east, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, follow your dream, self discovery, teenage life, family business, society, workplace, youth, hopes, family problems, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 88 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, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, realism, family relations, misfit, social misfits, youth, culture clash, parents and children, society, resilience, single mother, discrimination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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51%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, single parent, social misfits, youth, society, family life, parents and children, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, redemption, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, family in crisis, domestic disturbance, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, drug abuse, death in the family, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, estrangement, introspection, family in crisis, father daughter relationship, overdose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, maryland, baltimore
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 690
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, psychological, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, youth, teenage life, custody, human spirit, hopes, life is a bitch, society, family problems, healing power, mental illness, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 280
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: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy
Plot: optimism, family relations, hopes, society, family problems, parents and children, unemployment, village, husband wife relationship, loss of job, strong female presence, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, colombia, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, touching, sincere, serious, christian film ...
Plot: family problems, redemption, girl, christianity, hopes, parents and children, society, death in the family, christian, religion, dark secret, youth ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.3
 672
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: interracial relations, family relations, estrangement, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, society, hopes, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: sincere, uplifting, emotional, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fat boy, teenage love, human spirit, society, teenage life, hopes, social misfits, follow your dream, win over, youth, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: life is a bitch, friendship, youth, friends, teenage life, society, high school life, dysfunctional family, family problems, social relations, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 400
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, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, life is a bitch, love and romance, youth, parents and children, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, secret, mother and daughter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: captivating, sincere, sentimental, touching, art house ...
Plot: youth, single parent, parents and children, family relations, poverty, society, teenage life, social misfits, elderly, grandfather granddaughter relationship, father daughter relationship, women's issues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: custody, parents and children, starting over, hopes, mental illness, family life, family relations, family problems, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, depression, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, touching
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: friendship, teenage life, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, young adult, teenager, love story, grief, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 993
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, psychological, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, working class, single parent, society, unfulfillment, family problems, poverty, boy, loss of daughter, hopes, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, hopes, elderly, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, self discovery, family problems, aging, youth, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 362
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, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, society, working class, parents and children, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, youth, single parent, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, serious, psychological, rough, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: abusive mother, pregnancy, homeless, starting over, survival, human spirit, domestic violence, family problems, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.5
 342
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, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, death in the family, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, estrangement, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business, elderly lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, serious, realistic, emotional, art house ...
Plot: self discovery, human spirit, society, hopes, family problems, redemption, friendship, christian, life is a bitch, religions or cults, guru, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, terminal illness, coping, parents and children, unfulfillment, estrangement, family in crisis, father son relationship, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Bi, Don't Be Afraid (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In an old house in Hanoi, Bi, a 6-year-old child lives with his parents, his aunt and their cook. His favorite playgrounds are an ice factory and the wild grass along the river. After being absent for years, his grandfather, seriously ill, reappears ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, psychological, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, youth, family problems, estrangement, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, paralysis, alcohol abuse, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, lifestyle, parents and children, family life, teenage life, family problems, hopes, single parent, youth, teachers and students, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, puerto rico, latin america, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%