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Harmful Insect (2001)
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Harmful Insect (2001)
Original name: 害虫
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sachiko is about to encounter the most difficult moments in her young life. Her father abandons her and her mother attempts to commit suicide by slashing her wrist. Her teacher, whom she relies on heavily, leaves for northern Japan to take another job. Other students start to gossip about Sachiko and her former teacher. Sachiko then drops out of school and attempts to find herself.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, uncontrollable, kids in trouble, school, teen angst, suicide attempt, alienation, gangsters, sexual relations, family relations, love and romance, dangerous animal, hopes, love affair, couples, coming of age, solace, unfulfillment, teenager, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch and family life mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Harmful Insect: Empire of Dirt (2013), Absence (2014), The Staple of News (2013), When Andrew Came Home (2000), Night Has Settled (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, single parent, social misfits, youth, society, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family life, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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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
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85%
The Staple of News (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: family life, love affair, single parent, coming of age, family problems, fall in love, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, siblings relations, working class, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s, 90s
Place: france
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84%
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, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, estrangement, family problems, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Night Has Settled (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of his housekeeper (and only true maternal figure), a ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sexy, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, nanny, dysfunctional family, society, survival, betrayal, youth, parents and children, family life, family problems, family relations, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1983
Place: new york
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73%
Sex & the Single Mom (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jess Gradwell and her teenage daughter boast a superclose relationship. When it comes to sex, however, Mom won't stand for anything less than premarital celibacy. So she gets a pretty healthy dose of her own medicine when she winds up getting ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sexy ...
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, moral dilemma, teenage life, family problems, lifestyle, youth, love and romance, society, parents and children, family life, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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62%
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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, parents and children, kids in trouble, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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60%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, parents and children, couples, couple relations, family gatherings, siblings relations, euthanasia, relationship problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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57%
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Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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55%
Misunderstood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: family relations, psychiatrist, 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 ⇓
53%
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Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, estrangement, family gatherings, unfulfillment, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: As she and her family embark on a short vacation, a Chilean teenager slowly comes to the realization that her parents might be splitting up.
Style: tense, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, parents and children, on the road, family problems, bittersweet, siblings relations, protecting from truth, crumbling marriage, innocence lost, family in crisis, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile
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53%
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Camp (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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52%
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Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
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51%
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Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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48%
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Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic
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Time: 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, family life, couples, family problems, love and romance, life is a bitch, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, loneliness, brother brother relationship, fear, small town life ...
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Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
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Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Bi, Don't Be Afraid (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: psychological, sincere, touching, atmospheric, realistic ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vietnam, asia
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47%
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In Mom's Head (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lulu's mother is depressed and has been as far back as she can remember, Lulu is determined to discover the truth behind her listlessness.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, life is a bitch, love and romance, youth, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage girl, secret, intergenerational friendship ...
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Place: france, europe
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42%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Under the Skin of the City (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly; a teenage son, who's been getting into ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Mouth to Mouth (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is falling apart, and her ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rescue, youth, society, teenage prostitution, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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
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40%
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Libero (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, friendship, coming of age, siblings relations, parents and children, lifestyle, youth, single parent, family problems, father son relationship, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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40%
 4.7
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Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family life, homecoming, estrangement, under the surface, parents and children, family gatherings, strong female presence, siblings relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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39%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, custody, starting over, hopes, family relations, family problems, mental illness, family life, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks solace in the garage, building a super racing car. Her ...
Style: emotional, sexy, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 60s
Place: canada
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38%