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Profoundly Normal (2003)
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Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a court order, Donna and Ricardo venture into the real world on their own. Their friendship and dependency on each other blossoms into love. They marry and have a child together, who does not suffer from mental retardation.
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, touching, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, friendship, couples, human spirit, coping, family life, fighting the system, society, family in crisis, idealism, hopes, pregnancy, misfit, suburbs, working class, disability, optimism, siblings relations, mental retardation, survival, forest, family relations, rebellion, mentally challenged, suburban life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about society, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, disability, human spirit and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Profoundly Normal: Dawn Anna (2005), Shirley Adams (2009), ...First Do No Harm (1997), Bilal's Stand (2010), The Salesman (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: high school, child illness, against the odds, human spirit, terminal illness, family problems, relationship vs career, school, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, disability ...
Time: contemporary
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere, touching ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, introspection, parents and children, human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family relations, family problems, social decay, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: medical, youth, family relations, hospital, epilepsy, bittersweet, family problems, doctors and patients, human spirit, family life, family in crisis, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, baltimore
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Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, follow your dream, self discovery, teenage life, family business, society, workplace, youth, hopes, family problems, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
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The Salesman (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: With an enthralling central performance by Gilbert Sicotte, this masterful debut feature examines the life of the top car salesman in a fading Quebec town as events challenge the 67-year-old’s sense of identity and the meaning of life at the most ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, aging, working class, social relations, retiring, workplace situations, society, bittersweet, small town, elderly, small town life, humble
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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The C-Word (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's inspiring and candid book, based on her blog, about her battle with cancer.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, optimism, life turned upside down, human spirit, couple relations, life is a bitch, couples, hopes, journalism, terminal illness, blogger, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008
Place: spain
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68%
Matching Jack (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.
Style: sincere, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: infidelity, coming of age, friendship, bittersweet, dishonesty, parents and children, hopes, terminal illness, family relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, child illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, ireland
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68%
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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: emotional, touching, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, friends, family relations, immigrants, opposites attract, single parent, youth, coming of age, love and romance, family life, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
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In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, captivating, depressing ...
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, friendship, teenage life, unfulfilled love, youth, unfulfillment, society, love, couples, korean american, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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64%
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Northless (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Andres reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United Sates. There between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana is a troubled city. As he waits there, Andres is not only confronted with his feelings and what he left behind, but also with ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: follow your dream, social decay, friendship, human spirit, society, hopes, bittersweet, u.s. mexico border, migration, workplace, misfit, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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64%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Sally Goodson has been raising her autistic son David alone since her husband left many years ago. Now a social worker discovers that Sally has been dodging 'The System' to keep her son with her, instead of putting him in an institution. ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
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Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, serious
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62%
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family problems, family life, social relations, couples, couple relations, society, pregnancy, small town, small town life, family in crisis ...
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Genre: Drama
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Genre: Drama
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