Movies like The Promise 1996

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The Promise (1996)
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The Promise (1996)
Original name: La Promesse
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. Scams, lies and swindling rule their lives. When one of his father’s illegal workers gets injured on the job and asks Igor to promise to take care of his wife and baby, Igor finds himself at a crossroad. He wants to keep the promise, but the price would be to betray his father.
Style: tense, sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, bleak, reflective, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, dysfunctional family, teenage life, youth, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, realism, babies and infants, smuggling, family problems, society, human nature, death in the family, dealing with death, siblings relations, innocence lost, parent child relationship, troubled teen, construction site, undocumented immigrant, father son relationship, baby, construction worker ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, los angeles, usa, europe, antwerp, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and sincere films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, youth, dysfunctional family, society and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like The Promise: Rosetta (1999), Lorna's Silence (2008), Broken Wings (2002), The Son (2002), The Child (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, emotional, suspense, meditative, bleak ...
Plot: realism, unemployment, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, desperation, snitch, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, california
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Lorna's Silence (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In order to become the owner of a snack bar with her boyfriend, Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, becomes an accomplice to a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio.
Style: serious, tense, psychological, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: immigrants, society, junkie, life is a bitch, danger, attempted murder, moral dilemma, human nature, drug abuse, woman in danger, pregnancy, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
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65%
 7.4
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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, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, midlife crisis, couple relations, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, family problems, innocence lost, haunted by the past, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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100%
 7.6
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The Son (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Style: psychological, bleak, sincere, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: obsession, apprentice, youth, redemption, teenage life, going straight, teachers and students, family problems, working class, parents and children, loss of son, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: europe, usa, los angeles, belgium, tokyo
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52%
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The Child (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, rough, social realism ...
Plot: redemption, baby, black market, dysfunctional family, social decay, youth, going straight, homeless, society, life is a bitch, human nature, petty criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, tokyo
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50%
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: sincere, touching, bleak, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: kids in trouble, realism, childhood, petty criminal, social problems, life is a bitch, orphan, society, street kid, goodhearted, family problems, abandoned ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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49%
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Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, bleak
Plot: teenage life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, youth, child as adult, family relations, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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38%
Since Otar Left (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Georgia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: elderly, life is a bitch, protecting from truth, generation gap, human nature, family problems, loss of child, parents and children, society, dealing with death, mother daughter relationship, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, usa, russia ...
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36%
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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, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
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My Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Julien and his mum care for each other very much. But Julien has committed a deadly sin: he is growing into a teenager! Worse, he has found himself a girlfriend of his age. "Mummy" is not going to tolerate such an ignominy. Julien is HER ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy
Plot: incestuous desire, teenage boy, psychological abuse, family relations, puberty, family problems, dysfunctional family, suburban life, parents and children, mentally unstable, youth, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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32%
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Small Faces (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, leadership, society, crimes, life is a bitch, school, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
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31%
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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: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, wedding, murder, coming of age, death of wife, marriage, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, society ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
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God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, terminal illness, working class, self discovery, couples, youth, life is a bitch, siblings relations, culture clash, couple relations, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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30%
Private Property (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Since Luc granted a divorce to Pascale ten years ago, he paid generous alimony and left a fine country house as long as their twin sons remain at home. Pascale always acted as if she was the provider and head of the household, even now the ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, fondling, couples, breakup, family life, impossible love, love triangle, starting over, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
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In Bloom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, best friends, society, life is a bitch, coming of age, dysfunctional family, civil war, teenage life, parents and children, youth, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), caucasus, asia, tbilisi, europe ...
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29%
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job — not an easy task in this economy.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: injustice, depression, unemployment, workplace, employer employee relationship, unsupportive coworkers, supportive coworker, human nature, workplace situations, moral dilemma, working class, supportive spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Angel at Sea (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Louis is a twelve year old boy who lives with his parents and older brother in southern Morocco. Louis is very happy until the day his father shares a secret with him.
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: secret, mental illness, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, father son relationship, sex with friend's wife, innocence lost, family relations, suicide, depression, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, immigrants, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, elderly, society, golden years, jewish
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: family relations, homecoming, gang, going straight, youth, family problems, parents and children, redemption, family life, heist, self discovery, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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27%
 6.7
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Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, single parent, youth, society, dysfunctional family, working class, life is a bitch, realism, small town, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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27%
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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; ...
Style: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, hopes, youth, dealing with death, human nature, death in the family, family problems, child, death, children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, provence, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Young Girls in Black (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Noémie and Priscilla, two teenage girls from working class backgrounds, cultivate the same violence, the same contempt of the world. They are a source of serious concern for family and friends, who sense them capable of going to extremes. Noémie ...
Style: emotional, contemplative, tense, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: human nature, teenage life, youth, society, family problems, dysfunctional family, death, suicide thoughts, suicidal thoughts, friendship, coming of age, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
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The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, serious, emotional, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, family problems, society, americana, religion, child's point of view, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, adaptation, bdsm, singer ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
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26%
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Our Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Claudio works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, a dramatic event comes to upset this simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, working class, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, society, lifestyle, wife husband relationship, husband wife relationship, desperation, brother brother relationship, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: touching, sincere, gloomy, contemplative, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, love and romance, youth, society, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, family life, rich and poor, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa, europe, england, harvard university
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25%
Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As she and her family embark on a short vacation, a Chilean teenager slowly comes to the realization that her parents might be splitting up.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, tense, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, parents and children, on the road, bittersweet, family problems, crumbling marriage, protecting from truth, siblings relations, youth, coming of age, parents separation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile
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25%
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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: emotional, sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: teenage life, friendship, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, parents and children, dealing with death, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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24%
Concrete Night (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger ...
Style: realistic, bleak, stylized, atmospheric, serious
Plot: coming of age, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, family problems, realism, life is a bitch, family relations, protecting from truth, single parent, teenage life, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%