Movies like For the Love of a Child

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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, child abuse, rescue, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, selflessness, family problems, abuse, love, children, youth, vietnam war, graphic violence, strong female presence, child in peril, domestic disturbance, world spanning, bully, adoption, father figure, scolding, friendship between men, danger ...
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 genres. Some movies like For the Love of a Child: A Brand New Life (2009), Gracie's Choice (2004), Abel's Field (2012), Mississippi Damned (2009), 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: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: children, orphan, youth, adoption, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, hopes, girl, abandoned by father, abandoned baby, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, seoul, asia
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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 ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: custody battle, teenage girl, coming of age, youth, custody, mother daughter relationship, drugs, responsibility, family values, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century
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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: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, christian film
Plot: absent father, belief in god, orphan, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, school, christian, responsibility, fight, bad father, death of mother ...
Time: 21st century
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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: sincere, emotional, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, society, addiction, human nature, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, child abuse, women of color, racial issues ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, mississippi, usa
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53%
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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: touching, bleak, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: working class, parents and children, disorder, youth, single parent, life turned upside down, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, addiction, children, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
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, touching, emotional
Plot: women, interracial relations, adoption, strong female presence, society, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mixed race, interracial rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, wisconsin
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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, sad, art house ...
Plot: child abuse, stepdaughter, stepmother, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, family relations, society, parents and children, hidden truth, physical abuse, court, abuse ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: quebec, canada
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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, serious, realistic, emotional, sad
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, coming of age, family problems, estrangement, life is a bitch, hopes, confined, single parent, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
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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, family problems, alcohol abuse, little girl, parents and children, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, negligence, loneliness, family relations, ex convict, werewolf ...
Time: 21st century
Place: russia
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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, realistic, thought provoking, rough, social ...
Plot: rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, single parent, family problems, youth, realism, family relations, drug abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, child as adult, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century
Place: afghanistan
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52%
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, psychological, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: family relations, ambition, dysfunctional family, family problems, obsession, life is a bitch, gang, loan, alcohol abuse, family in crisis, violence, abusive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 50s
Place: japan, asia
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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: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, coming of age, courtroom, man boy relationship, teenage life, parents and children, custody, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, redemption, life is a bitch ...
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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, serious, thought provoking, emotional, sad ...
Plot: custody, fighting the system, courtroom drama, false accusation, injustice, family problems, dishonesty, life is a bitch, legal, legal action, parents and children, plaintiff ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: usa
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49%
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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, serious, sentimental, realistic
Plot: young heroes, missing child, youth, life is a bitch, obsession, discrimination, family problems, family relations, parents and children, society, racism, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, alabama
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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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: on the run, private investigator, age difference, child abuse, youth, mother daughter relationship, small town, veterinarian, private detective, divorced parents, helplessness, fear ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts
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49%
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, single parent, social misfits, society, youth, life is a bitch, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family life, family problems ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada
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48%
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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, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, abusive father, introspection, dysfunctional family, family problems, haunted by the past, parents and children, child abuse, husband wife relationship, dying woman, addiction, bad father ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, violence spree, domestic disturbance, divorce, domestic violence, graphic violence, breaking point, under the surface, murder, rape, suicide ...
Time: 21st century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, realistic, emotional, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, redemption, domestic disturbance, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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47%
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Black and Blue (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, emotional ...
Plot: domestic violence, obsession, kidnapped, abusive relationship, battered wife, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, witnessing a crime, domestic disturbance, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, florida
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47%
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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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: adopted daughter, adoption, kidnapping, investigation, uncover truth, suspicion, family problems, couples, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century
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47%
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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, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love affair, family life, survival, love and romance, family problems, pregnancy, isolation, dysfunctional family, parents and children, prohibition era, family in crisis ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa
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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, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, adoption, terminal illness, legal action, couples, family problems, family in crisis, child illness, pregnancy, custody, redemption, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: milwaukee wisconsin
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47%
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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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, bleak
Plot: teenage life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, youth, family problems, child as adult, family relations, teachers and students, coming of age, lgbt, gay, boy ...
Time: 21st century
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Accused (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is ...
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, child abuse, lawyer, under the surface, family relations, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, incestuous relationship, degradation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: denmark
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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, touching, emotional, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, couple relations, death in the family, parents and children, dealing with death, dysfunctional family, family crisis, mourning, reconciliation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Ellen Foster (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: youth, child abuse, disease, drugs, adoption, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, human spirit, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 90s
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, tense
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, elderly, immigrants, golden years, society, family problems, jewish
Time: 21st century
Place: israel
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Zig Zag (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.
Style: serious, rough, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, terminal illness, society, mental illness, family in crisis, urban ghetto life, parents and children, loan, underdog, disability ...
Time: 21st century
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Dearest (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Drawing on remarkable true stories, Peter Chan delivers a moving drama about child abduction in China. Huang Bo stars as a father whose young son disappears in the streets of a big city. He sets out on a search across China, stopping at nothing to ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, tense
Plot: kidnapping, uncover truth, life turned upside down, couples, adoption, missing child, parents and children, couple relations, family problems, village, family in crisis, chinese ...
Time: 21st century
Place: china
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