Movies like The Shanghai Spell

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The Shanghai Spell (2002)
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The Shanghai Spell (2002)
Original name: El embrujo de Shanghai
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Spain, France, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fourteen year old lad discovers his first love at the point of his pencil whilst drawing the portrait of a sickly but coquettish fifteen year old girl. In the neighbourhood an old freedom-fighter pits himself against bad types, a pretty cinema-ticket girl takes to the streets at night and a young anarchist dedicates himself to telling tall stories. Far away, in Shanghai, a hero of the Republic meets a beautiful femme fatal with oriental eyes. Reality and fiction become fused in an embrace.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, captivating, realistic, fairy tale
Plot: murder, teenage love, undercover, youth, romance, crimes, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, teenage life, village, coming of age, bittersweet, infatuation, betrayal, resistance, secret agents, village life, social relations, teenager, crazy, boy, underground, old man, cheating ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, 40s
Place: spain, barcelona, china, catalonia, barcelona spain

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Most similar movies to The Shanghai Spell

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about youth, coming of age, family relations, teenage life, parents and children, love and romance and bittersweet mostly in Drama, Romance and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Shanghai Spell: Booky's Crush (2009), El Sur (1983), Beautiful Fall (2004), Go (2001), 1st Love (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Booky's Crush (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Thomsons - parents Thomas and Francie, and children Willa, Arthur, Beatrice (nicknamed Booky) and Jakey - are a loving working class family living in the Depression era in Toronto. Arthur is showing aptitude in drawing, and although his parents ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: family relations, teenage love, teenage life, family life, working class, parents and children, society, youth, family, romance, love and romance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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95%
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El Sur (1983)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north. She is fascinated by the secrets of the south which seem to be hidden in the personality of her father.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: romance, dishonesty, hopes, coming of age, youth, love and romance, family relations, bittersweet, parents and children, haunted by the past, uncover truth, death of father ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 5.0
 162
Beautiful Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ninni is sixteen and she lives in a beautiful mansion in the swedish countryside with her family.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, eccentric family, teenage love, fall in love, countryside, parents and children, teenage life, romance, love and romance, estate, bittersweet, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.5
 3K
Go (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Isao Yukisada spins this gritty coming-of-age tale about Sugihara, a Japanese-born, third-generation Korean who struggles to find a place in a society that will not accept him. The film begins with Sugihara studying at a Korean junior high school ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic
Plot: racism, coming of age, teenage love, parents and children, fish out of water, youth, society, boxing, high school life, teenage life, social differences, basketball ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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: realistic, serious, touching, captivating
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, family relations, youth, parents and children, coming of age, island, bittersweet, teenage girl, teenage boy, sexual awakening, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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82%
Love is the Word (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Love is the Word is a moving, romantic and funny coming-of-age drama about the magic of first love and the misery of first lost, set in 1978: the year 'Grease' hit the big screen.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, first love, love and romance, youth, family relations, hopes, village, parents and children, leukemia, teenager, teenage love, teenage sex ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Mother, I Love You (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Latvia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Raimonds, a 12 year old boy, falls into a world of petty crime while trying to stay out of trouble with his mother.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, entertaining
Plot: kids in trouble, juvenile delinquency, family relations, single parent, youth, crimes, parents and children, bittersweet, childhood, financial problem, teenage boy, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latvia
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70%
Buddha Mountain (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ding Bo (Chen Po Lin) and his friends Nan Feng (Fan Bingbing) and Fei Zao aka Fatso (Fei Long) are a trio of 20-something outsiders who have no intention of sitting exams and getting into universities. When they need a new home, they answer an ad ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: teenage love, rebelliousness, teenage life, rebellion, youth, romance, best friends, love and romance, coming of age, dealing with death, friends, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Cold Water (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An outer suburb of Paris, 1972. Gilles and Christine, both sixteen, are classmates and lovers who have become frustrated with the aloofness of their families and the general monotony of their lives. When the pair are caught shoplifting, ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: youth, family relations, unfulfilled love, rebelliousness, teenage life, romance, kids in trouble, parents and children, unfulfillment, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dysfunctional family, coming of age ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
What Girls Learn (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, family relations, teenage life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, romance, family problems, couples, estrangement ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.3
 129
Eli & Ben (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Israel
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The life of the Yassif family becomes almost impossible when the father who is the city architect, is charged with taking bribes.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, investigation, family relations, crimes, youth, child protagonist, father son relationship, embezzlement, betrayal, coming of age, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 59
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 life, teenage love, friendship, buddies, love and romance, youth, graphic violence, family relations, domestic violence, friends, coming of age, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Cider with Rosie (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, psychological, touching ...
Plot: village, coming of age, world war one, society, youth, friendship, village life, teenager, childhood, military police, countryside, bicycle ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.0
 7K
Breathe (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Charlie, a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, is thrilled when she becomes friends with Sarah, but when Sarah tires of Charlie and looks for a new friend, their relationship takes an ominous turn.
Style: serious, touching, psychological, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: asthma, teenage love, friendship, youth, love affair, romance, young lovers, social relations, teenage life, gender, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, opposites attract, family relations, friends, immigrants, family life, youth, single parent, human nature, introspection, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Bay Boy (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A Roman Catholic teenage boy in Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia during the 1930s faces various growing-up problems: Should be become a priest? What should he do about the murder he witnessed, committed by a local cop and upstanding ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, murder, first sexual experience, family relations, social relations, juvenile delinquency, crimes, love and romance, youth, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s
Place: canada, nova scotia, canada, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Summer Rain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: buddies, love and romance, obsession, best friends, teenage life, teenage love, coming of age, friends, society, youth, romance, fascism ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Last Hammer Blow (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: parents and children, coming of age, family relations, single parent, bittersweet, teenage boy, father son relationship, orchestra conductor, playing piano, father son reunion, youth, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, talky, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, couples, romance, hopes, unlikely couple, teenage life, introspection, family problems, family relations, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Confetti Harvest (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dorsvloer vol Confetti tells the story of young Katelijne, who grows up in a religious family in the countryside in Zeeland. Based on the novel by Franca Treur.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: teenage girl, coming of age, farm, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, society, village, village life, church, wedding, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: belgium, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Empty Hours (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, France, Mexico
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The second film from Aarón Fernández is a Spain-Mexico-France co-production already screened as part of Films in Progress at the 60th edition of the Festival. On the desolate coast of Veracruz, young Sebastián, 17, has to run his uncle's ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, emotional
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, love and romance, teenage life, youth, seduction, seaside, motel, older woman teenage boy sex, couples, bittersweet, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
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48%
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: youth, single parent, parents and children, family relations, poverty, society, teenage life, social misfits, elderly, river, coming of age, grandfather granddaughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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47%
The Pregnancy Project (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Pregnancy project tells the real story of Gaby Rodriguez, a seventeen-year-old who attended a Washington state high-school and made her senior school project the treatment of pregnant teenagers by pretending to be pregnant.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, thought provoking
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, pregnancy, dishonesty, family relations, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, social relations, high school life, power relations, teenager
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
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45%
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The State I Am In (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: With 1970s Germany in the background, this film depicts the story of a family from the “R.A.F. Terrorist” group and their search for a normal life and their inner self.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: coming of age, youth, love and romance, family relations, family problems, teenage love, grownups, eccentric family, fall in love, family in crisis, parent child relationship, puberty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, portugal, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.2
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Switch (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mikkel (17) lives a good life in Oslo were he has heaps of friends. When his mother gets a new job, Mikkel has to move to a small town and start all over. Here, snowboard is the big thing and to be accepted by the new kids, Mikkel has to go into ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, family relations, love and romance, contests and competitions, rivalry, youth, fall in love, sport, village, snowboard, contest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
 966
Local Boys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On Skeet’s twelfth birthday his older brother Randy buys him his first surfboard. Suddenly his summer turns to the endless search for the perfect wave, wild times and beach parties and eventually, finding his own daring adventures when Randy’s ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, disturbing
Plot: surfing, gang, friendship, family relations, teenage love, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, love triangle, vengeance, siblings relations, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Orheim Company (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A strong, human tale about a boy growing up with an alcoholic father, but also an energetic story about teenage lust, pain and passion – about liberation and redemption.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: parenthood, childhood, teenage life, haunted by the past, parents and children, family relations, coping, coming of age, youth, orphan, orphanage, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Love Like Poison (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna, a young teenager, comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her ...
Style: realistic, psychological, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, faith, village, teenage love, self discovery, family problems, breakup, moral dilemma, clergy, religions or cults, teenage life, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Off the Black (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nick Nolte) gets a younger friend (Trevor Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Plot: teenage life, friendship, parents and children, high school, high school life, family relations, sport team, youth, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 920
Swimming (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two girl friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina find their relationship changing as they encounter new arrivals to the town.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, couple relations, teenage life, small town life, fall in love, teenage love, self discovery, best friends, youth, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%