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Detachment (2011)
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Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, bleak, serious, depressing, emotional, contemplative, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: depression, teachers and students, teacher, suicide, classroom, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, high school life, society, social relations, grandfather, misfit, hardcase students, unconventional method, unhappiness, falsely accused, alzheimer's disease, animal abuse, youth, unlikely friendships, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and gloomy films with plots about youth, society, teacher, school, life is a bitch, friendship and high school mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Detachment: Half Nelson (2006), Short Term 12 (2013), The Hunt (2012), The Class (2007), Speak (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, basketball, liberal, student, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
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 8.0
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Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: compassionate, emotional, thought provoking, touching, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: social worker, child abuse, troubled teen, foster child, incest, adolescence, depression, suicide attempt, haunted by the past, teenage life, human relationship, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
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90%
 8.3
 300K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, psychological, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, social relations, family relations, teacher, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
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91%
 7.9
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The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: vengeance, life is a bitch, school shooting, juvenile delinquency, social decay, society, social misfits, humiliation, teenage life, youth, rivalry, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, estonia
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100%
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 7.2
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Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, rape victim, teenage life, unsupportive friend, life is a bitch, school, high school, youth, high school life, rehabilitation, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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67%
 6.2
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Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, coming of age, teenage sexuality, adolescence, high school life, unfulfillment, youth, teenage girl, high school, loneliness, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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100%
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: sincere, touching, gloomy, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, kindergarten, small town, social decay, dysfunctional family, small town life, teachers and students, idealism, life is a bitch, society, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, friends, society, social decay, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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100%
 6.1
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, contemplative, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, parents and children, death in the family, human nature, working class, single parent, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, virginia, oregon
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100%
 6.4
 36K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, drugs/alcohol, support group, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, loneliness, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
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100%
 7.0
 52K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, dysfunctional character, loner, youth, arson, depression, stranger, bully, grief, rebelliousness, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The administration is concerned mainly with forms and rules ...
Style: disturbing, rough, gloomy, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: high school, friendship, fish out of water, high school life, culture clash, teacher, school teacher, dedicated educator, teachers and students, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, against the odds ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa
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100%
The Sunset Limited (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: intellectual, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, talky ...
Plot: one on one, atheism, suicidal, belief, suffering, society, african american, psychology, christianity, suicide attempt, question, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.8
 7K
2:37 (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: brother sister incest, high school, high school life, incest rape, teenage love, teenage life, social relations, youth, unwanted pregnancy, rape, social misfits, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, insanity, depression, hallucination, drug trip, destructive relationship, downfall, drug use ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Critical Thinking (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.
Style: motivational, contemplative, psychological, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: chess, high school, misfit, life is a bitch, social problems, society, dedicated educator, human relationship, city, unconventional method, hardcase students, new teacher ...
Place: miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Forest for the Trees (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.
Style: emotional, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, fish out of water, idealism, workplace situations, unsupportive coworkers, misfit, workplace, society, hardcase students, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 17K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, teenage life, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, youth, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, mother daughter relationship, redemption, character study ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Life of a King (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Life of a King is the true story of one man's mission to give inner city kids of Washington DC something he never had - a future. After being incarcerated for eighteen years, Eugene Brown established the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, touching, rough, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dedicated educator, chess, teenage life, rebellion, changing lives, ambition, contests and competitions, youth, bad attitude, rivalry, hardcase students, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 1K
Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: school shooting, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, high school life, losing-it hero, youth, loneliness, social misfits, murder, high school, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, literature, teacher, poetry, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, dedicated educator, suicide, philosophy, student, private school ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Knights of the South Bronx (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: chess, school, youth, misfit, ambition, life is a bitch, hardcase students, human spirit, against the odds, high school life, juvenile delinquency, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, dishonesty, life is a bitch, couples, understanding, family relations, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: inspirational, touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, teachers and students, dedicated educator, school, social misfits, stuttering, family relations, understanding, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: louisiana, usa, atlanta georgia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 35K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: sincere, psychological, melancholic, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, school, social relations, workplace, self discovery, interracial relations, society, teenage life, french, dedicated educator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe, morocco, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: life is a bitch, orphan, youth, social decay, society, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 19K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 350
Halls of Anger (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Plot: high school, social relations, urban ghetto, power relations, militant, ambition, social misfits, life is a bitch, high school life, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 60s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
 1K
Behavior (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Meet Chala, an eleven year-old boy with a hard life and strong respect for Carmela, his sixth grade teacher. The pair develops a solid bond, but after Carmela suffers an accident, things get complicated…
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, biting ...
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, fighting the system, urban ghetto life, rebellion, hardcase students, hopes, youth, society, dedicated educator, teachers and students, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, social misfits, estrangement, teacher, imaginary, inspiration, young heroes, parents and children, human nature, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%