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For the Love of a Child (2006)
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For the Love of a Child (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary centers for abused and/or neglected children in the States. Among them is bright Jacob Fletcher, whose stepfather, a lawyer, terrorized him into utter trauma and reclaims him shortly after 10 months in jail. Jacob's peers have distressing stories of their own, but competent, devoted staff helps most of them decisively on the former farm, using animal therapy.
Style: touching, disturbing, rough, thought provoking, tense, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: orphan, rescue, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, selflessness, family problems, child abuse, vietnam war, graphic violence, strong female presence, child in peril, domestic disturbance, world spanning, bully, adoption, abuse, father figure, scolding, friendship between men, danger, beating, bed, male bonding ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century

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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 family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth and family in crisis mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like For the Love of a Child: A Brand New Life (2009), Mississippi Damned (2009), Wolfy (2009), Gracie's Choice (2004), Abel's Field (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Brand New Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, family relations, dysfunctional family, hopes, parents and children, nun, family problems, youth, orphanage, father daughter relationship, child abandonment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, seoul, asia
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Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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63%
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Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, neorealism ...
Plot: life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, alcohol abuse, little girl, family relations, negligence, mother daughter relationship, loneliness, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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63%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: custody battle, teenage girl, custody, coming of age, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family values, youth, life is a bitch, single parent, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, christian film
Plot: orphan, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, school, fight, belief in god, absent father, responsibility, power relations, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s
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58%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: interracial relations, adoption, society, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, strong female presence, dysfunctional family, parents and children, rape, mother daughter relationship, foster parent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: touching, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: working class, alcohol abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, disorder, youth, single parent, family relations, family problems, unemployment, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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53%
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A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Mina Walking (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Afghanistan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Saddled by a senile grandfather and a neglectful father, Mina, an impulsive twelve-year-old Afghan street seller sees her future slipping away when she is forced to neglect her education and walk the streets of Kabul to support her fragmented ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, child as adult, rebellion, family relations, youth, single parent, realism, parents and children, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Grief of Others (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, couple relations, death in the family, parents and children, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, stillborn child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Return to Innocence (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Director Rocky Costanzo's searing legal drama centers on a highly credentialed child psychologist named Glen Erskine (Richard Meese) whose life is shattered when he's accused of sexually assaulting a young boy he's been treating. ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, sexual abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, redemption, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
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50%
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White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: missing child, young heroes, obsession, racism, interracial relations, parents and children, youth, discrimination, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama
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49%
Just Ask My Children (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a modern-day witch hunt, in which a couple is falsely accused and imprisoned for molesting their own children.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, fighting the system, courtroom drama, false accusation, family problems, injustice, legal action, legal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, parents and children, plaintiff ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Her Desperate Choice (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Despite allegations of sexual abuse against her ex-husband, Jody (Faith Ford) has lost a custody battle for Samantha (Hanna Hall) and faces a choice of turning her daughter over to him, or taking flight and risking kidnapping charges. Pursued by ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: on the run, hidden identity, life is a bitch, rescue, rivalry, starting over, child in peril, couples, family problems, parents separation, parents and children, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Blood and Bones (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1923, the young Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island (South Korea), to Osaka (Japan). Through the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko (processed seafood products) in his poor Korean-Japanese ...
Style: rough, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, ambition, obsession, family problems, family relations, gang, life is a bitch, crimes, alcohol abuse, family in crisis, loan, domestic violence ...
Time: 80s, 50s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Father for Brittany (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption process, leaving Keith to fight for Brittany's custody ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, adoption, legal action, family problems, couples, redemption, family in crisis, pregnancy, child illness, custody, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Aurore (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After the sudden death of her mother, Aurore Gagnon is abused by her disturbed step-mother as her town remains in the silence followed by her death. Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: stepmother, stepdaughter, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, remarry, society, family relations, parents and children, hidden truth, child abuse, kids in trouble, physical abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: quebec, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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90 Minutes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Director Eva Sørhaug (Cold Lunch) reveals the rage and violence lurking beneath seemingly tranquil domesticity in her bold and uncompromising sophomore feature.
Style: tense, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: violence spree, family problems, family relations, crimes, domestic disturbance, marital rape, divorce, graphic violence, breaking point, under the surface, domestic violence, breast feeding ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Redland (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As a family struggles to survive in rural isolation during the Great Depression, their daughter's secret affair begins a journey into the unknown.
Style: atmospheric, serious, rough, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love affair, family life, family problems, love and romance, survival, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, isolation, parents and children, family in crisis, wilderness ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa
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45%
The Sound and the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, captivating
Plot: family relations, family, dysfunctional family, downfall, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, disintegration, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: family relations, society, golden years, parents and children, family problems, immigrants, elderly, dysfunctional family, jewish
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Boy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A family of four lives off of scams in which they pretend to be injured by automobiles. After suffering an injury during the war, the father believes he is an invalid. He and his wife have a 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. The adults pretend ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, innocence lost, family life, parents and children, cons and scams, social decay, siblings relations, kids in trouble, family problems, family relations, estrangement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, family problems, dysfunctional family, tragic love, homecoming, best friends, couples, haunted by the past, parents and children, life is a bitch, orphan, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, family relations, family problems, youth, parents and children, child as adult, coming of age, teachers and students, siblings relations, power relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Glassland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, moral dilemma, unlikely criminals, crimes, family in crisis, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, family problems, addiction, society, emergency room ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, racist, custody battle, courtroom drama, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, family relations, human nature, custody, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Crying Out (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young man feels compelled to travel with his grand-father. Tthe young man wants to find his father who ran away with the corpse of his ex-wife.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, on the road, estrangement, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, elderly, alcohol abuse, death in the family, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Angel (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden, Finland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A drug addict becomes a mother and has to deal with responsibility and self-respect.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, rough, non-linear ...
Plot: child neglect, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, youth, downfall, family problems, coping, solitude, addiction, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
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41%
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Camp (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: child abuse, summer camp, kids in trouble, friendship, youth, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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41%