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: thought provoking, sincere, twists and turns, inspirational, atmospheric, enigmatic, bleak, spiritual, unusual plot structure, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, youth, existentialism, dysfunctional family, immigrants, father son relationship, catastrophe, gangsters, relationships, dark humor, loneliness, writers, art, death, prostitution, racism, brothers, hospital, gunfight, brutality, runaway, adoption, childhood, mentor, morality ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, belgium, los angeles, usa, europe, antwerp

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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, youth, parents and children, dysfunctional family, society and coming of age 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.
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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
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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: tense, serious, enigmatic, atmospheric, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, society, marriage, divorce, brutality, manipulation, junkie, immigrants, loneliness, attempted murder, life is a bitch, regret ...
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Place: belgium, europe
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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: emotional, touching, lyrical, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jewish, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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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, compassionate, meditative, atmospheric ...
Plot: youth, obsession, redemption, apprentice, going straight, teenage life, family problems, working class, teachers and students, parents and children, loss of son, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: tokyo, los angeles, europe, belgium, usa
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The Child (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, gloomy, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: homeless, youth, dysfunctional family, redemption, poverty, baby, black market, going straight, social decay, life is a bitch, society, petty criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, belgium, europe
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57%
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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, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, family relations, family problems, youth, parents and children, child as adult, coming of age, teachers and students, gay, lgbt, little boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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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, harsh, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, poverty, elderly, life is a bitch, protecting from truth, generation gap, human nature, society, loss of child, family problems, parents and children, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
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48%
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The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: single father, family relations, single parent, family problems, life turned upside down, family in crisis, parents and children, parent child relationship, babies and infants, death in the family, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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47%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, child abuse, drug addiction, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Small Faces (1995)
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Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: realistic, bleak, clever, visually appealing, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
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44%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: fondling, single parent, love triangle, couples, breakup, impossible love, family life, love and romance, starting over, family problems, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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42%
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
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Style: sexy, touching, suspense, dramatic, talky ...
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Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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42%
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Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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42%
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Duration: 82 min.
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Offline (2012)
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, gloomy
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39%
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Duration: 97 min.
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: provence, tokyo, france
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39%
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39%
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The Neon Bible (1995)
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Country: UK, Spain
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Style: stylized, inspirational, emotional, serious, sexy ...
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39%
Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
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38%
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Country: Georgia, Germany, France
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The Autumn Heart (1999)
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Country: USA
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37%
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Place: belgium, europe
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37%
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Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, stylized, bleak, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage boy, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family problems, realism, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, brother brother relationship, single parent, family relations, protecting from truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
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37%
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Dummy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
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37%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
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Country: USA
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36%
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Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, sexy ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%