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Dam Street (2005)
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Dam Street (2005)
Original name: Hong Yan
Genre: Drama
Country: China, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Loneliness, saving face, and public mores. In 1983 in China, Yun is a bright schoolgirl who gets pregnant. She's expelled, her boyfriend leaves town, and her mother arranges the baby's adoption, telling Yun the child died at birth. Ten years later, Yun sings pop songs in a dive, takes the occasional married lover, and lives with her mother, a teacher. The mother tutors a student, Xiao-yong, a lad of ten, who becomes attached to Yun. Yun's mother discovers who the boy's really is and a struggle begins. Should he be told; should Yun reclaim him; does her mother's opinion matter; what about the woman who's raised him? Is there room in a Chinese town for a woman to breathe? Written by
Style: psychological, touching, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: small town, estrangement, pregnancy, family relations, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society, couples, social misfits, unlikely couple, down on your luck, social relations, teacher, fishing, death, secret, teenage pregnancy, single mother, singer, schoolgirl, doctor, river, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and touching films with plots about family relations, society, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, couples and estrangement mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Dam Street: Electric Shadows (2004), The Nephew (1998), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998), All Around Us (2008), The Cruel Embrace (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Electric Shadows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: For no apparent reason, a mute young woman assaults a youth who delivers water on his bicycle, injuring him and ruining his bike. Surprisingly, she asks him to feed her fish while she is in custody. Her tiny apartment, he discovers, is a shrine to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: hospital, coming of age, youth, pregnancy, small town, rebelliousness, delivery, society, misfit, solace, small town life, teenage life ...
Time: 70s
Place: china, asia
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95%
 6.6
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The Nephew (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Twenty years ago, Tony Egan's sister went to America. Nobody ever heard of her again. But now, the message of her death arrives in her town of birth. Only days later, her only son Chad arrives, too. Obviously, his mother took a black husband. ...
Style: touching, gloomy, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, estrangement, forbidden love, social relations, small town, small town life, fall in love, couples, interracial relations, family relations, island, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, high school, social misfits, family in crisis, family relations, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, kids in trouble, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.7
 592
All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: parents and children, love and romance, unfulfillment, family relations, dull life, petty job, couple relations, life is a bitch, estrangement, death in the family, dysfunctional family, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, mentally unstable, human nature, misfit, single parent, youth, family problems, mentally challenged, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, isolation, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
 503
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: pregnancy, sexual abuse, clergy, coming of age, parents and children, love and romance, family relations, life is a bitch, social misfits, couples, small town life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 5K
Still Life (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: demolition, village life, life is a bitch, homecoming, society, introspection, archaeologist, human nature, romance, family in crisis, eviction, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 3K
The World (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: “The World” is a theme park on the outskirts of Beijing, sixteen kilometers from the Chinese capital, designed around scaled representations of the world’s famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.The site is seen ...
Style: sincere, serious, psychological, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: theme park, prostitute, self discovery, artists and showbiz, immigrants, down on your luck, romance, love and romance, dancer's life, small town, infidelity, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia, new york, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Lost in Beijing (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A look at modern-day life in China's capital centered on a ménage-a-quatre involving a young woman, her boss, her husband and her boss's wife. Massage girl Pingguo (Apple) (The stunning Fan Bingbing) lives in a cramped apartment with her ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: rape, couples, pregnancy, infidelity, extortion, babies and infants, couple relations, family problems, love triangle, custody, society, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still ...
Style: serious, sincere, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: pension, colonel, small town, parents and children, hopes, downfall, couple relations, family relations, family life, small town life, haunted by the past, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 40s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 16K
Being Flynn (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During his twenties, a young man works at various homeless shelters in Boston, where he often intersects with his brilliant but troubled father.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: homeless, writer's life, life is a bitch, social misfits, family relations, estrangement, poet, family problems, misfit, parents and children, down on your luck, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 127
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: serious, emotional, bleak, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, misfit, family life, family problems, social misfits, kids in trouble, society, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, danger, single parent, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 2K
Hell (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three sisters share a connection to a violent incident from their childhood reunite to for the chance to come to terms with their past.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: false accusation, sister sister relationship, couples, estrangement, haunted by the past, misfit, family relations, parents and children, mute or deaf, mysterious character, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Single Girl (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young Parisian must make major decisions about pregnancy, a job and her boyfriend.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, introspection, social differences, society, unemployment, unwanted pregnancy, family problems, couples, human nature, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
It All Starts Today (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Set in a forlorn mining town near Valencienne in the north of France, the story is about one man's struggle to bring life to his once prosperous village and its inhabitants. Philippe Torreton, who won a César for Best Actor with his title role ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: teacher, social decay, fighting the system, small town life, dysfunctional family, society, social worker, life is a bitch, teachers and students, dedicated educator, hopes, realism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: kindergarten, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Town Is Quiet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A dark tale of working-class life in Marseilles, a city in crisis. Interesting characters include a hard-bitten but compassionate fish market worker with a drug addicted daughter and a moody bartender with a shocking secret life.
Style: touching, psychological, gloomy, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: taxi driver, racism, unemployment, down on your luck, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, crimes, factory, assassination, society, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: marseille, france, seaport, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of the young man Peter, who grew up during the economic miracle, bereft of parental care and love. Learning early on that interpersonal relationships are based on the principles of exchange or purchase, he abides by these rules and gives ...
Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, down on your luck, crimes, life is a bitch, small town, murder, couples, looking for love, crime and punishment, family problems, parents and children, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 70s
Place: germany, europe, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, bleak, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: family problems, human nature, society, introspection, family relations, family in crisis, life is a bitch, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, addiction, siblings relations, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Egg and Stone (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Meticulous in every way: the non-professional actors with incredible skills, the beautiful camerawork, the timing and dosing of the tragic storyline about a fourteen-year-old Chinese girl from the countryside. A grown-up feature film debut by a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, gloomy, serious
Plot: kids in trouble, life is a bitch, down on your luck, village, pregnancy, youth, adoption, estrangement, countryside, abortion, egg, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 105
God's Sandbox (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A successful author, Liz, searches for her daughter, Rachel, in the Sinai Desert. There she meets a Bedouin storyteller who relays the unusual love story of a Western tourist and the son of a Bedouin Sheik named Najim. Their relationship is torn ...
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love affair, family problems, couples, obsessive quest, missing child, parents and children, curses spells and rituals, love and romance, romance, family relations, unlikely couple, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Confessions of a Lap Dancer (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An erotic melodrama about the public and private lives of sex workers. Josie Hunter (aka Blake Pickett) co-starred in the role of Erica, a single mother who works a stripper, and sometimes as a prostitute to support her daughter. But when the threat ...
Style: sexual, gloomy, touching, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: bondage, sexual relations, social misfits, parents and children, prostitute, couples, starting over, family relations, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, dancer's life, single parent ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
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Due East (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The movie spotlights an intelligent high school senior and National Merit Scholar (Bryant) who has never been part of the "in crowd." She teaches a high school equivalency night class, tends to the needs of her widower father, Jesse ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: small town, single parent, coming of age, social relations, power relations, small town life, teenage life, couples, lifestyle, society, pregnancy, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
One Day You'll Understand (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Style: gloomy, touching, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, parents and children, against humanity, love and romance, elderly lovers, family relations, death in the family, family life, haunted by the past, society, world war two, war crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, middle east, europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Land of Oblivion (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Ukraine, Poland, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Tchernobyl, 1986, a few hours before the disaster. Piotr and Anya's wedding is interrupted by a fire at the power station.
Style: bleak, serious, touching, gloomy, realistic
Plot: tour guide, evacuation, radiation, disorder, small town, haunted by the past, dealing with death, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, firefighter, nuclear power plant, smoking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986
Place: ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 580
A Way of Life (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: At 17 LeighAnne Williams has a six month old baby to look after, with only the help of three teenage squatters who flog stolen gear to make ends meet. A neighbour (actually from Turkey) across the street becomes target to her growing paranoia that ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, gloomy, serious, bleak ...
Plot: vandalism, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, kids in trouble, interracial relations, parents and children, uncontrollable, immigrants, society, custody, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 709
Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: serious, sincere, gloomy, touching, realistic
Plot: human nature, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, job seeking, family problems, estrangement, unemployment, redemption, starting over, society, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 439
Hidden Diary (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1950s, Louise left her husband when their children were still little. She was never heard from again. Her daughter Martine stayed in the small seaside town, where she became a doctor. Martine's daughter, Audrey, a thirty-year-old ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, atmospheric, serious, sincere
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, cemetery, beach, doctor, blood, murder, kitchen, diary, recipe, mysterious past, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 231
The Weekend (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marian and John Kerr are expecting an old friend, Lyle for a weekend visit to their beautiful upstate New York home. Emotions run high since it is the one-year anniversary of the death of John's brother, the handsome and charismatic Tony, who ...
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: love and romance, lifestyle, gender, lovers reunited, love affair, couples, gays and lesbians, dealing with death, family in crisis, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Bed You Sleep In (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Times are hard for Northwestern lumber-mill operators like Ray and his wife Jean. Ray and Jean's lives are thrown into chaos when their daughter writes home from college
Style: gloomy, disturbing, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: small town, parents and children, sexual abuse, wilderness, family problems, small town life, working class, life turned upside down, family relations, domestic disturbance, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Pretend I'm Not Here (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Student Eric kills time by spying on his neighbors. Compulsively taking notes on everything within binocular range from his bedroom window, he harasses his neighbors by sending unsigned notes and making their private affairs public. When they ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: voyeurism, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, adolescence vs adulthood, mysterious character, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, coming of age, loneliness, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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