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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, thought provoking, rough, tense, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: orphan, rescue, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, danger, selflessness, family problems, child abuse, vietnam war, graphic violence, strong female presence, child in peril, domestic disturbance, world spanning, adoption, bully, beating, abuse, bed, father figure, scolding, male bonding, male friendship ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century

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Most similar movies to For the Love of a Child

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth and family in crisis mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like For the Love of a Child: A Brand New Life (2009), Wolfy (2009), Mississippi Damned (2009), When Andrew Came Home (2000), Nobody Owns Me (2013). 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, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, dysfunctional family, family relations, hopes, parents and children, nun, youth, family problems, father daughter relationship, girl, single parent ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, seoul, asia
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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, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional character, alcohol abuse, neo realism, negligence, family relations, human nature, addiction, little girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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63%
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: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: bleak, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: working class, alcohol abuse, parents and children, disorder, family problems, youth, family relations, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, single parent, teenage life, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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53%
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: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: adoption, interracial relations, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, strong female presence, female director, mother daughter relationship, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, child as adult, rebellion, realism, family problems, family relations, single parent, drug abuse, life is a bitch, youth, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, child abuse, man boy relationship, false accusation, teenage life, redemption, sexual abuse, custody, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, family in crisis, family problems, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, death in the family, couple relations, family problems, couples, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, stillborn child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, serious, sentimental, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: missing child, young heroes, society, obsession, youth, racism, interracial relations, family problems, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, remarry, society, parents and children, buried truth, family relations, child abuse, kids in trouble, trial, physical abuse ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ 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: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, bleak
Plot: violence, dysfunctional family, ambition, gang, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, obsession, alcohol abuse, family in crisis ...
Time: 1950s, 80s, 50s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, family relations, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love and romance, rivalry, dealing with death, pregnancy, child illness, family in crisis, redemption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: custody, fighting the system, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, family problems, reunion, parents and children, dishonesty, legal action, life is a bitch, legal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 1K
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: bleak, disturbing, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: violence spree, danger, family relations, family problems, domestic disturbance, crimes, marital rape, divorce, graphic violence, deadly, breaking point, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love affair, family life, dysfunctional family, survival, pregnancy, parents and children, isolation, family problems, love and romance, family in crisis, wilderness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Sound & 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, siblings relations, parents and children, downfall, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, life is a bitch, family problems, disintegration, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa, mississippi river
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 34
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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, immigrants, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, elderly, society, golden years, jewish
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, rough, realistic ...
Plot: on the run, child in peril, kidnapping, sexual abuse, starting over, parents and children, parents separation, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, unlikely criminals, moral dilemma, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, addiction, family relations, family in crisis, crimes, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Boy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 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: atmospheric, touching, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, parents and children, cons and scams, kids in trouble, family problems, family relations, estrangement, social decay, innocence lost, siblings relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, best friends, homecoming, dysfunctional family, tragic love, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, single parent, life is a bitch, starting over, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, custody, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, on the road, estrangement, family relations, family problems, elderly, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, parents and children, aging, death in the family, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphanage, civil war, journalism, family relations, anti war, orphan, war, rescue, danger, bosnian war, journalist ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, former yugoslavia, vietnam, europe ...
⇓ 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, rough, serious, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: child neglect, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, downfall, human nature, parents and children, addiction, destructive relationship, coping, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Home Sweet Home (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The wife and son of an unemployed, foul-tempered man suffer under ever-worsening domestic violence. One day while his father is taking a nap, the young son decides to take matters into his own hands. In a panic, the wife and son both believe the man ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: abusive father, family in crisis, family problems, disability, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, couple relations, domestic disturbance, unsupportive spouse, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Stolen Child (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Amanda and Jason are happy marriage now, after years of frustration have finally managed to take a beautiful girl from a country in Eastern Europe through an international adoption agency. But when the doctor will perform a DNA test to small, finds ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: adoption, kidnapping, investigation, uncover truth, family problems, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crimes, danger, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%