Movies like 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: emotional, serious, tense, realistic, sincere, touching, bleak, reflective, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, realism, dysfunctional family, parent child relationship, troubled teen, innocence lost, parents and children, youth, family problems, family relations, babies and infants, dealing with death, human nature, siblings relations, death in the family, teenage life, life is a bitch, society, father son relationship, smuggling, child driving car, illegal immigration, ring, construction worker ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, europe, antwerp, usa, los angeles, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, society and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Romance and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Promise: Rosetta (1999), The Kid with a Bike (2011), The Silence of Lorna (2008), The Son (2002), Broken Wings (2002). 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: bleak, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, parents and children, trailer park, alcoholic, poverty, mother daughter relationship, snitch, realism, coming of age, dysfunctional family, rape, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, california
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
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: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: kids in trouble, pardon, coming of age, theft, realism, childhood, life is a bitch, acceptance, redemption, orphan, youth, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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The Silence of Lorna (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, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: taxi driver, junkie, immigrants, realism, drugs/alcohol, moral dilemma, conscience, cons and scams, down on your luck, misfit, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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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: bleak, psychological, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, youth, apprentice, realism, parents and children, redemption, hopes, family problems, dealing with death, going straight, rehabilitation, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: belgium, europe, usa, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, single parent, human nature, basketball, bereavement, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, family in crisis, haunted by the past, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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100%
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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, realistic, serious, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, baby, black market, realism, down on your luck, drug dealer, parent child relationship, small town, dysfunctional family, society, homeless, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe, tokyo
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52%
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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: serious, tense, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: family relations, overprotective mother, teenage boy, parents and children, youth, family problems, suburbs, mentally unstable, dysfunctional family, suburban life, teenage life, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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40%
The Last Summer (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four good friends, all seventeen-year old, lose their innocence during their last summer together. Flanders 1996. Rik, Tim, Roel and Bart aimlessly wile away the summer days in a small village where nothing exciting ever happens. When Rik becomes ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, friendship, summer, teenager, village, teenage life, youth, friends, buddies, domestic disturbance, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe
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36%
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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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: innocence lost, coming of age, parents and children, mental illness, youth, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, misfit, climbing a tree, soccer, fear of death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa, seaport, atlantic ocean
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36%
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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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: human nature, human spirit, redemption, self discovery, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, culture clash, working class, religions or cults, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, twin brother, twins, starting over, jealousy, love triangle, parents and children, countryside, family in crisis, couples, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Stolen Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Plot: orphanage, on the road, coming of age, self discovery, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, family relations, prostitute, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, europe, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: immigrants, single parent, going straight, store, redemption, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family life, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, haunted by the past, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: belgium, europe
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Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: jewish, nanny, coming of age, holocaust survivor, family life, youth, family relations, mentally challenged, parents and children, haunted by the past, religions or cults, society ...
Time: 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, antwerp, israel, poland
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
Time: contemporary
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized, bleak
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, realism, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, teenage life, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
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29%
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, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: death, dysfunctional family, family, dealing with death, parents and children, immigrants, family in crisis, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, golden years, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, tbilisi, russia, georgia (former ussr) ...
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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: sincere, serious, realistic, tense, emotional
Plot: coming of age, rebelliousness, teenage life, urban, society, youth, juvenile delinquency, human nature, dysfunctional family, rebellion, family problems, suicide attempt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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27%
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: serious, talky, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
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Plot: estrangement, rich and poor, siblings relations, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, rise to the top, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, england, europe, usa, harvard university
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27%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: single father, single parent, babies and infants, dealing with death, parent child relationship, parents and children, death in the family, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, life turned upside down, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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27%
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, gloomy, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: injustice, depression, suicide attempt, employer employee relationship, unemployment, race against time, workplace, weekend, supportive spouse, working class, human nature, economic crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, innocence lost, young heroes, against the odds, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, human spirit, death in the family, hopes, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Lena (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, leaving home, teenage life, dutch, youth, single parent, innocence lost, parents and children, teenage love, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: coming of age, best friends, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, friends, youth, family problems, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, kids in trouble, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: innocence lost, on the road, redemption, parents and children, dysfunctional family, estrangement, dishonesty, family problems, mentally unstable, track down, vengeance, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Illegal (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, human spirit, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society, fighting the system, social differences, injustice, misfit, rebellion, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1995)
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: sincere, serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, interracial relations, rich and poor, culture clash, down on your luck, society, youth, family relations, human nature, innocence lost, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: minnesota, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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