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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Original name: Pelle Erobreren
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden.
Style: emotional, atmospheric, meditative, disturbing, compassionate, touching, serious, sexy, stylized, gloomy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: father son relationship, coming of age, poverty, immigrants, working class, farm, boy, corporal punishment, youth, family relations, bullying, tragedy, complex characters, parents and children, life is a bitch, emigration, misfit, social differences, down on your luck, children, female nudity, island, unlikely friendships, love, death ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and harsh films with plots about family relations, culture clash, dialogue, childhood, society, catastrophe and storytelling mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Pelle the Conqueror: Nobody Knows (2004), Ratcatcher (1999), All or Nothing (2002), Dodes'ka-den (1970), Angela's Ashes (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: disturbing, art house, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: poverty, friendship, coming of age, neighbor, children, moving, urban decay, strike, boy, rat, garbage, grief ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: glasgow scotland, scotland
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, new jersey, europe, florida ...
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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: compassionate, meditative, depressing, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, social differences, life is a bitch, working class, slum, character study, unlikely friendships, tragedy, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: politics, coming of age, jewish, political unrest, dictatorship, family relations, life is a bitch, working class, understanding, friendship, eccentric family, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970
Place: brazil, latin america, sao paulo brazil
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, compassionate, serious, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, youth, family relations, irish, unemployment, human nature, society, childhood ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, england ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Twelve-year-old Mexican-American Marcos (Jose Alcala) recalls the hardships of the previous year, reflecting on the arduous trek his migrant-worker family made from Texas to the Midwest during harvest season. Along the way, Marcos learns plenty ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, sincere
Plot: youth, korean war, migration, immigrants, coming of age, family relations, bittersweet, life is a bitch, misfit, society, hopes, working class ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, texas
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The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to ...
Style: realistic, touching, meditative, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: obsession, friendship, working class, coming of age, coma, depression, loneliness, love and romance, society, hopes, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, flanders
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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, art house, cerebral, surreal ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mental illness, incest, island, existentialism, brother sister incest, insanity, psychology, mental disorder, dysfunctional family, religion, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: world war two, coming of age, wartime life, youth, family relations, friendship, society, culture clash, working class, male nudity, boy, best friend ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: touching, bleak, emotional, sincere, depressing ...
Plot: working class, catholicism, fascism, youth, anti semitism, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, unemployment, sin, life is a bitch, jewish, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland, london, europe, united kingdom ...
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Jerusalem (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Members of a devout Christian congregation try to start a new life in Palestine.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, epic, touching ...
Plot: religion, religious fanaticism, world war one, brainwashing, christianity, poverty, romance, love and romance, society, obsessive quest, escapades, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: holy land, sweden, europe, middle east, palestine ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, atmospheric, talky, sentimental ...
Plot: food, cooking, religion, aging, cooking and food, catholic, elderly, life philosophy, sister sister relationship, redemption, friendship, birthday ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era, 18th century, 1830s ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, compassionate, heartbreaking ...
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Duration: 88 min.
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Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
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25%
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Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, enigmatic, depressing, compassionate, stylized ...
Plot: unemployment, greed, self discovery, character study, life is a bitch, crimes, society, dishonesty, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, switzerland, france, europe
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25%
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The Neon Bible (1995)
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Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: stylized, inspirational, emotional, serious, sexy ...
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Country: Finland
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Style: harsh, emotional, bleak, realistic, intense ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
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25%
Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
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Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 90s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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24%
After the Wedding (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: wedding, marriage, poverty, family, family bonds, wealth, family relations, family secret, family problems, hopes, financial problem, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen, india, bombay india
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Mamma Roma (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: neorealism, serious, realistic, art house, sexy ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: art house, surreal, cerebral, sexy, bleak ...
Plot: solitude, depression, isolation, island, female nudity, guilt, suicide, snow, divorce, adultery, nightmare, freedom ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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24%
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Respiro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Grazia is a free-spirited mother-of-three married to shy fisherman Pietro and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. She shows signs of manic depressive behavior — one moment she's laughing wildly and ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, coming of age, husband wife relationship, mental illness, family relations, villager, mentally unstable, family life, human nature, skinny dipping, injustice, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, tokyo, europe, milan italy, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: sexy, touching, suspense, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: family, family relations, immigrants, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison, adaptation, life, depression, death, stereotypes, male nudity, culture clash ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 8K
The Promise (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, visually appealing, unusual plot structure, affectionate ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, existentialism, immigrants, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, immigration, glbt, melancholy, art, little boy, empathy ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, belgium, usa, los angeles, europe ...
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24%
 8.0
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Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, art house, political, cerebral, sexy ...
Plot: island, civil war, politics, betrayal, war, world war two, female nudity, political prisoner, refugee, musician, boat, psychology ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: israel, scandinavia, sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
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24%
Beijing Bicycle (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Taiwan, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.
Style: emotional, compassionate, harsh, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bicycle, gang, unlikely friendships, delivery, fish out of water, teenage life, down on your luck, disorder, buddies, life is a bitch, youth, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, beijing china, tokyo, new jersey, asia
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24%
 7.4
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Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: serious, art house, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: realism, unemployment, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, coming of age, down on your luck, desperation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, california, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%