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: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, youth, hopes, family problems, human nature, death in the family, dealing with death, provence, child, death, children, friendship, school, boarding school life, hospital, belief in god, single father, father daughter relationship, atheist, mother daughter relationship, car accident, little boy, single parent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: 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, coming of age, parents and children, family problems, runaway, mentor and culture clash mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ponette: Broken Wings (2002), A Brand New Life (2009), The Promise (1996), A Single Girl (1995), The Dreamlife of Angels (1998). 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, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, hopes, couple relations, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, family problems, innocence lost, haunted by the past, single parent, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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95%
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: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, dysfunctional family, family relations, hopes, parents and children, nun, family problems, youth, father daughter relationship, little girl, girl ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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83%
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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: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, tense ...
Plot: immigrants, dysfunctional family, coming of age, human nature, smuggling, dealing with death, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children, death in the family, teenage life, babies and infants ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, usa, los angeles, antwerp, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, atmospheric, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, introspection, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, unfulfillment, down on your luck, twentysomething life, social differences, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: friendship, coma, obsession, working class, coming of age, destructive relationship, down on your luck, hopes, love and romance, friends, couples, sexual exploration ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: realistic, serious, gloomy, psychological, touching ...
Plot: deportation, coming out, family in crisis, gays and lesbians, haunted by the past, family relations, family problems, dealing with death, death in the family, elderly, introspection, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, estrangement, social misfits, teacher, inspiration, play, young heroes, hopes, parents and children, daydreamer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: hopes, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, estrangement, self discovery, elderly, family relations, countryside, youth, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, love and romance, dealing with death, hopes, death in the family, parents and children, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, witty ...
Plot: friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, orphan, youth, single parent, love and romance, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: teacher, letter, age difference, retired, on the road, long lost relative, alcoholic, realism, brazilian, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, love and romance, siblings relations, haunted by the past, homecoming, human nature, life is a bitch, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, family relations, couple relations, love and romance, looking for love, single parent, hopes, unfulfillment, lifestyle, best friends, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
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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: touching, emotional, sincere, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, parents and children, family problems, overcoming, family in crisis, hopes, redemption, marriage crisis, death in the family, loss of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 problems, family relations, coming of age, accidental killing, haunted by the past, death in the family, parents and children, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, society, human nature, misfit, family relations, supportive parent, summer camp ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, realistic, sincere, emotional, clever ...
Plot: retirement home, friendship, coming of age, reconciliation, retirement home life, golden years, elderly, youth, loneliness, child protagonist, child in peril, sexual harassment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, emotional, psychological, sincere, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, death in the family, grief, marriage, family problems, housewife, estrangement, crumbling marriage, loss of son, support group, memory, therapy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Apple (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: social worker, blindness, twins, apple, isolation, family relations, siblings relations, confined, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, society ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 ...
Plot: autism, disability, single parent, isolation, self discovery, child's point of view, girl, mental illness, misfit, introspection, estrangement, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: aids, gay brother, bereavement, family relations, resentment, family problems, family life, parents and children, life is a bitch, homecoming, self discovery, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: realistic, serious, gloomy, touching, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, society, social worker, small town, fighting the system, small town life, kindergarten, realism, social decay, dysfunctional family, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: emotional, sincere, serious, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, redemption, coming of age, youth, single parent, hopes, parents and children, dealing with death, death in the family, haunted by the past, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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A Rumor of Angels (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An old woman helps a young boy resolve his feelings over the death of his mother.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, estrangement, elderly, family problems, family relations, death in the family, grief, stepmother, dealing with death, family in crisis, golden years, ghost ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 108K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, touching, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, parents and children, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, serious ...
Plot: drowning, small town, alibi, humiliation, suicide, poacher, coming of age, innocence lost, unfulfillment, teenage life, parents and children, village life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, family relations, poetry, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems, writer's life, family in crisis, teenage life, teachers and students, teacher student relationship, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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44%
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Hadewijch (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A troubled young woman is thrown out of a convent and forms a relationship with a radical Muslim.
Style: thought provoking, touching, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: convent, religions or cults, self discovery, clergy, human nature, friendship, youth, hopes, society, religious faith, muslim, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, middle east, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, gloomy, touching, sincere ...
Plot: delusion, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, self defense, solace, parents and children, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, adolescence vs adulthood, unfulfillment, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, california, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, emotional, serious, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%