Movies like The Home of Dark Butterflies

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The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)
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The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008)
Original name: Tummien perhosten koti
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Haunted by his traumatic past and cautious about the prospects of an uncertain future, a fourteen year old boy named Juhani winds up in an isolated boys' home known as The Island. Juhani (Niilo Syvaoja) has been shuttled between foster homes and temporary families for the past six years, leaving any prospect of stability in his life a faded dream. When Juhani winds up in a remote shelter for troubled youth known as The Island, he has little idea of how ruthless superintendent Olavi Harjula (Tommi Korpela) can truly be.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: island, teenager, isolation, friendship, youth, school, juvenile delinquent, family relations, couple relations, family problems, haunted by the past, investigation, murder, jail, dark secret, suspect, drowning, broken family, missing person, domestic violence, bullying, bully, nightmare, escape, manipulative person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland

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Most similar movies to The Home of Dark Butterflies

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, youth, friendship, family problems, coming of age, parents and children and teenager mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Home of Dark Butterflies: Libero (2006), 12 and Holding (2005), A Man's Job (2007), 1st Love (2013), Twelve Mile Road (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Libero (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: unfaithful wife, family relations, friendship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, parents and children, siblings relations, lifestyle, single parent, youth, family problems, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
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A Man's Job (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Juha is 38 years old and has three small children and a depressed wife. He sees himself as strong and believes a man should provide for his family. But one day Juha is fired from his job. Ashamed, he weaves a web of lies to hide the fact from his ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prostitution, family relations, unemployment, hidden identity, family problems, couples, prostitute, dishonesty, life is a bitch, career change, nudity (full frontal - brief), male female fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, finland
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1st Love (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Antoine, 13, spends the summer vacation with his parents in a rented cottage on an island in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence River. His neighbour, 17-year-old Anna, is an enigmatic and lively young woman. Antoine begins to experience the first ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, parents and children, youth, family relations, island, coming of age, bittersweet, teenage girl, teenage boy, sexual awakening, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A divorced farmer takes in his troubled teenage daughter for the summer, a summer which changes the lives of the two of them, and their friends and family.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: troubled teen, family relations, farmer, teenage life, family problems, estrangement, youth, parents and children, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, elderly, summer vacation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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60%
Run Sister Run! (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Emilia is a teenager and a good girl, who never forgets her homework or her little sister, Elsa. Siiri is just one year older than Emilia but not at all like her. When Emilia and Siiri become friends, Emilia's life changes. Siiri encourages her ...
Style: emotional, realistic, semi serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, rebelliousness, self discovery, life turned upside down, youth, juvenile delinquency, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, teenage life, social relations, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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59%
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Swimmers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her.
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: small town, introspection, youth, friendship, family relations, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, public health, solace, swimming, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, usa
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57%
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Beyond (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A poignant story, told with sincerity and humor, about a young woman´s dramatic childhood and about her grief and the struggle to move on. Noomi Rapace plays the main character in her first feature after the success with the Millennium trilogy and ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, introspection, haunted by the past, parents and children, family problems, alcoholic father, husband wife relationship, abusive father, dying woman, child abuse ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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56%
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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, misfit, life is a bitch, society, elderly, coming of age, youth, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
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55%
The Diary of Preston Plummer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, love affair, young lovers, college graduate, family relations, social relations, family problems, small town, fall in love, island, romance, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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55%
A Time in Quchi (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Bao stays with his grandfather for the summer and is shocked to see there are no modern appliances.
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, serious
Plot: friendship, coming of age, family relations, family problems, friends, parents and children, village, youth, elderly, countryside, school, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, taiwan
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55%
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In Mom's Head (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lulu's mother is depressed and has been as far back as she can remember, Lulu is determined to discover the truth behind her listlessness.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, life is a bitch, youth, love and romance, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, secret, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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54%
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Abel's Field (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) is a high school senior with an especially full plate. Not only must he navigate the usual social and academic pitfalls of high school, but he has to contend with his young twin sisters, serving as de facto parent in the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: orphan, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, school, absent father, fight, belief in god, responsibility, power relations, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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54%
Naked Harbour (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Naked Harbour is a movie about Finnish love in the year 2011. It is a story about people who seek love and acceptance at any cost. During one winter week all its characters face something irreversible.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, human nature, couples, innocence lost, strong sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief), prostitute, woman on top, single mother, russian, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland
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White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, parents and children, fall in love, custody, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
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Misunderstood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: separated parents, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family life, youth, female protagonist, half sister half sister relationship, piano playing, little girl, school, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: rome italy, italy
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Valley (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 86 min.
Story: This is the story of three sensitive teens who are forced to deal with violence at home, violence at school. It is a story of friendship, of love and hate, where the adolescents world is revealed as cruel and beautiful, a world where the desire to ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, friendship, love and romance, youth, buddies, graphic violence, family relations, domestic violence, coming of age, friends, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
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Vegas (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 110 min.
Story: You don't choose your family. You choose your friends. Vegas is the story of Thomas, Marianne and Terje - three teenagers with nowhere to go.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: friendship, family relations, coming of age, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, young heroes, teenage girl, teenage boy, misfit, unlikely partners, obsessive quest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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52%
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The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, california, los angeles, new york ...
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51%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, child as adult, youth, family problems, family relations, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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51%
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Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, parents and children, single parent, youth, social relations, haunted by the past, suburbs, coming of age, teenage life, self discovery, teenager, suburban life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
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51%
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Kisses (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Sweden
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, domestic violence, friendship, innocence lost, danger, obsessive quest, youth, escapades, family problems, coming of age, urban, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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51%
Touching Wild Horses (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a car accident that claimed his father and sister's lives and left his mother in a coma, a young man is sent to live with his reclusive aunt (Jane Seymour) on Sable Island, a world-renowned wild horse preserve.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, sincere
Plot: isolation, island, friendship, self discovery, family relations, love and romance, rehabilitation, family life, haunted by the past, introspection, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
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51%
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Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, family problems, estrangement, couple relations, friendship, human nature, social misfits, ocean, coast ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
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50%
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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, dealing with death, youth, friends, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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50%
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Apaches (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: While thousands of tourists invade the beaches, camping grounds and clubs, five teenagers from Porto Vecchio hang out. One evening one of them leads the others to an unoccupied luxury villa. They spend the night there. Before they leave, they steal ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: friendship, teenage life, youth, crimes, crime gone awry, island, group of friends, murder, criminal's revenge, friends, disorder, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, corsica
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50%
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The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, small town, youth, family problems, bittersweet, coming of age, dysfunctional family, teenage life, social relations, dysfunctional character, siblings relations, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa
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50%
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
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49%
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, suicidal thoughts, suicide thoughts, friendship, coming of age, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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49%
Children of Love (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shows us a weekend in the life of a family torn by disputes and disappointments.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, custody, starting over, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family problems, youth, single parent, love and romance, child custody, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brussels, belgium, europe, brussels belgium
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