Movies like Ponette

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Ponette (1996)
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Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; Ponette survives, but her mother does not. Her father (Xavier Beauvois) initially reacts with anger over his late wife's careless driving, while her Aunt Claire (Claire Nebout) tries to comfort the child by telling her about Jesus and the resurrection. However, none of this does much to reassure Ponette or clarify her confusion about the practical realities and spiritual dilemma posed by death. In time, Ponette and her cousins Matiaz (Matiaz Caton) and Delphine (Delphine Schiltz) are sent off to boarding school, where they have to resolve their confusion and loss on their own. ~Mark Deming, Rovi
Style: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, gloomy, serious, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: bereavement, boarding school, youth, hopes, family problems, human nature, death in the family, dealing with death, child, death, children, friendship, school, boarding school life, belief in god, provence, single father, atheist, car accident, little boy, single parent, widower, little girl, crying, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: kindergarten, france, tokyo

Most similar movies to Ponette

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, touching, realistic and emotional films with plots about family relations, mentor, death, runaway, culture clash, catastrophe and coming of age mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ponette: Broken Wings (2002), The Promise (1996), A Single Girl (1995), The Dreamlife of Angels (1998), Family Tree (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, talky, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, estrangement, human nature, mouse, unfulfillment, teenage life, family life, family problems, solace, death in the family, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: immigrants, dysfunctional family, coming of age, parents and children, smuggling, family relations, youth, teenage life, family problems, innocence lost, death in the family, realism ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, usa, europe, antwerp, los angeles ...
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A Single Girl (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young Parisian must make major decisions about pregnancy, a job and her boyfriend.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, couples, family problems, working class, unemployment, unwanted pregnancy, social relations, family relations, love and romance, twentysomething life ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
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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: talky, realistic, touching, serious, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, coma, obsession, working class, coming of age, destructive relationship, hopes, life is a bitch, social differences, society, youth, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
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Family Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Frédérick, the patriarch of the Alsatian Muller family, is conspicuously absent from his son Charles' funeral, Frédérick's surviving son and his granddaughter, raw from their loss, await an explanation. Once revealed, ...
Style: serious, emotional, psychological, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: deportation, coming out, dealing with death, family problems, death in the family, family relations, haunted by the past, hopes, golden years, elderly, gender, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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Paradise (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Willard Young is a 10-year-old boy who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily Reed, who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben have been living in an unmentioned emotional ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, single parent, crumbling marriage, couple relations, hopes, dealing with death, love and romance, parents and children, family in crisis, love affair ...
Time: 90s
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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, coming of age, human nature, lifestyle, orphan, obsession, couples, eccentric family, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, new england, paris france, tokyo
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Central Station (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: teacher, letter, age difference, on the road, retired, realism, brazilian, alcoholic, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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59%
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A Brand New Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: orphan, nun, adoption, dysfunctional family, family relations, hopes, parents and children, youth, family problems, innocence lost, power relations, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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59%
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, sincere, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, love and romance, siblings relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
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Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: school, mental illness, teacher, friendship, play, misfit, inspiration, rabbit, bedroom, imaginary, estrangement, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
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12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, family relations, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, haunted by the past, innocence lost, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
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Is Anybody There? (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Style: touching, emotional, offbeat, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: retirement home, coming of age, friendship, youth, reconciliation, elderly, golden years, dealing with death, retirement home life, friends, loneliness, cemetery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, california, ireland
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55%
House of Cards (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. ...
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, serious, atmospheric ...
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Little Man Tate (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids
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Place: usa
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Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
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Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
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The Apple (1998)
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Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
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Style: captivating, sincere, thought provoking, emotional, serious ...
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50%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sentimental, touching, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: aids, bereavement, gay brother, resentment, death in the family, family problems, family life, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, introspection ...
Time: 90s
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It All Starts Today (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role ...
Style: gloomy, touching, bleak, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: teacher, small town life, social decay, dysfunctional family, hopes, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, teachers and students, society, social worker, small town, realism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, kindergarten, france
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
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You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: You is a love story. It spans 21 years, bouncing around in time, creating a kind of family quilt that wraps around a father as he struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey for ...
Style: sentimental, offbeat, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: single parent, youth, hopes, parents and children, dealing with death, haunted by the past, redemption, coming of age, family relations, family problems, death in the family, death of lover ...
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, drowning, suicide, poacher, alibi, humiliation, coming of age, innocence lost, unfulfillment, village life, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
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46%
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Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, marriage, family problems, death in the family, estrangement, housewife, crumbling marriage, loss of son, grief, support group, memory, therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, family in crisis, hopes, dealing with death, parents and children, family problems, death in the family, redemption, loss of child, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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45%
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The Quiet Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Italy, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: delusion, dysfunctional family, parents and children, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, adolescence vs adulthood, life is a bitch, self defense, couples, family problems, solace, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, california, japan
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43%
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nelly leaves her lazy, unemployed husband to work for retired judge Mr Arnaud, forty years her senior, after he offers to clear her bills for her. While she types his memoirs the two develop a close friendship, but Arnaud becomes jealous when Nelly ...
Style: psychological, serious, sexual, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, friends, love triangle, infidelity, romance, love affair, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, unfulfillment, writer's life, looking for love ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, california
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42%
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Ellen Foster (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young heroes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, family problems, self fulfillment, human spirit, against the odds, death in the family, society ...
Time: 90s
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41%
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Elisa (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, touching, tense, sincere ...
Plot: track down, dishonesty, family problems, vengeance, on the road, mentally unstable, family relations, obsession, estrangement, cons and scams, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, paris france
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41%
The Winter Guest (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: talky, bleak, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, winter, human nature, introspection, starting over, small town life, family relations, supportive parent, social relations, parents and children, dealing with death, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
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40%
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Not Yet (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, youth, reunion, family relations, golden years, curses spells and rituals, teachers and students, writer's life, unfulfillment, teacher, death, world war two ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
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