Movies like The Promise 1996

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The Promise
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, bleak, reflective, tense, realistic, melancholic, sincere, enigmatic, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, realism, brothers, innocence lost, parents and children, crime gone awry, redemption, working class, youth, life & death, family problems, coming-of-age, childhood, family relations, catastrophe, babies and infants, environment, dealing with death, brutality, pornography, human nature, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, europe, antwerp, usa, los angeles, tokyo
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The Son
Drama, Mystery
Belgium, France
99 min.
 7.7
The Child
Crime, Drama, Romance
Belgium, France
95 min.
 7.5
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, talky, reflective and enigmatic films with plots about catastrophe, culture clash, mentor, runaway, loneliness, storytelling and dysfunctional family 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), The Child (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rosetta
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The Kid with a Bike
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The Silence of Lorna
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious, melancholic ...
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Style: talky, clever, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
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    User:   46%
 
Since Otar Left
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    User:   39%
 
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Country: UK
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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, serious, rough, brutal ...
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    User:   45%
 
Nenette and Boni
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Ratcatcher
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Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, serious, enigmatic ...
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The Edge of Heaven
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: touching, realistic, intellectual, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: prison, german, immigrants, destiny, death, tragedy, parents and children, funeral, loneliness, complex characters, relationships, family bonds ...
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The Apple
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
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: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Plot: isolation, islam, blindness, society, women, childhood, family relations, marriage, life is a bitch, twins, runaway, children ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo
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System:   38%
    User:   39%
 
Fanny and Alexander
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, emotional, clever, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, bishop, christmas, orphan, swedish, surrealism, young heroes, small town, family drama, parents and children, loneliness ...
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Time Out
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: down on your luck, unemployment, workplace, loneliness, solitude, existentialism, dishonesty, countryside, character study, isolation, greed, life & death ...
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    User:   35%
 
Ladybird Ladybird
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: realistic, biting, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: working class, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, immigrants, single parent, drinking, hospital, parents and children, violence, custody, life philosophy, violent ...
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    User:   30%
 
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    User:   34%
 
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Ten
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, serious, melancholic, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: prostitution, parents and children, prostitute, women, relationships, divorce, parenthood, new wave, single parent, solitude, human nature, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo
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    User:   36%
 
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Distant
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, meditative, art house ...
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, existentialism, love and romance, depression, isolation, guilt, unfulfillment, urban, pornography, drinking, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey, tokyo, istanbul turkey
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System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
The Winter Guest
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: bleak, talky, touching, serious, reflective ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, dealing with death, life & death, adolescence, loneliness, existentialism, starting over, fantasy world, human nature, small town, solitude, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
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System:   31%
    User:   27%
 
Jack the Bear
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: redemption, dysfunctional family, tv show, single parent, dealing with death, hospital, single father, family drama, childhood, parents and children, loneliness, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, oakland california
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System:   31%
    User:   27%
 
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Mamma Roma
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who ...
Style: serious, gloomy, melancholic, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prostitute, prostitution, hospital, pimp, going straight, loneliness, childhood, starting over, runaway, relationships, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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System:   30%
    User:   27%
 

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