Movies like Dam Street

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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, gloomy, serious, touching, realistic, bleak
Plot: small town, estrangement, haunted by the past, couples, family relations, social misfits, unlikely couple, parents and children, down on your luck, pregnancy, life is a bitch, misfit, society, social relations, teacher, fishing, death, secret, teenage pregnancy, single mother, singer, schoolgirl, doctor, river, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 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, couples, love and romance and family problems mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Dam Street: Electric Shadows (2004), The Nephew (1998), All Around Us (2008), The Cruel Embrace (1987), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998). 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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: coming of age, hospital, youth, pregnancy, single parent, self discovery, village, friendship, parents and children, small town, haunted by the past, small town life ...
Time: 70s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.6
 1K
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: unlikely couple, interracial relations, island, parents and children, social differences, small town, estrangement, society, family relations, social relations, forbidden love, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.7
 578
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, gloomy, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: couple relations, life is a bitch, urban, unfulfillment, couples, parents and children, death in the family, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, social decay, dull life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, haunted by the past, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, pregnancy, adolescence vs adulthood, family in crisis, teenager, adoption, boyfriend, single, parent, teenage life, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.3
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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, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: demolition, homecoming, worker, village, society, lake or river, human nature, introspection, haunted by the past, social decay, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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: serious, gloomy, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: theme park, fall in love, infidelity, romance, small town life, love and romance, society, couples, dancer's life, immigrants, prostitute, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, china, new york, usa, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, touching
Plot: evacuation, tour guide, radiation, haunted by the past, small town, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, dealing with death, disorder, firefighter, bare breasts, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986
Place: ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: pregnancy, small town, coming of age, parents and children, teenage life, youth, couples, social relations, clergy, social misfits, sexual abuse, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, realistic, tense, touching, captivating
Plot: rape, extortion, infidelity, couples, pregnancy, couple relations, extramarital affair, illegal prostitution, social differences, urban, family in crisis, city life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional
Plot: sister sister relationship, false accusation, parents and children, siblings relations, haunted by the past, family problems, family relations, mute or deaf, mysterious character, estrangement, disability, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: teacher, realism, dedicated educator, hopes, small town, society, power relations, life is a bitch, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, small town life, social decay ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, kindergarten, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: serious, tense, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: racism, taxi driver, parents and children, addiction, factory, drug abuse, society, couples, life is a bitch, immigrants, assassination, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: marseille, europe, france, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: elderly lovers, parents and children, family life, haunted by the past, family relations, death in the family, holocaust, against humanity, love and romance, society, war crime, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france, germany, middle east, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: pension, colonel, downfall, couple relations, small town, parents and children, down on your luck, haunted by the past, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, dealing with death ...
Time: 40s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: pregnancy, kids in trouble, countryside, life is a bitch, village, youth, adoption, down on your luck, estrangement, blood, girl, water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.6
 122
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: small town, single parent, parents and children, parent child relationship, abuse, native american, family in crisis, family life, danger, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, unlikely criminals, looking for love, small town, down on your luck, crime, murder, estrangement, crimes, family problems, mentally unstable, human nature ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: hotel, pregnancy, single parent, down on your luck, urban, twentysomething life, working class, couples, family relations, social relations, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
⇓ 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: serious, touching, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: bondage, prostitute, single parent, starting over, redemption, life is a bitch, society, family relations, dancer's life, social misfits, moral dilemma, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, desert, unlikely couple, romance, beach, destructive relationship, parents and children, culture clash, missing child, estrangement, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 1K
Pickpocket (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Little pocket thief Wu never got away from the streets like his friends did. He realises that he is alone, as his old buddy doesn't invite him for his wedding. When he falls in love with a hooker he is forced to think about his future. Can he ...
Style: serious, realistic, biting, captivating, psychological
Plot: introspection, estrangement, criminal heroes, fall in love, crimes, love and romance, unfulfillment, low lives, pickpocket, love, male nudity, unsupportive friend
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.8
 906
Fanny (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: "Fanny" is the second part of the "Marseille trilogy", made by Marcel Pagnol with the generic name of "Marius, Fanny and César". Fanny falls in love and is abandoned by Marius. Now she discovers she is pregnant. Her ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: parents and children, unfulfilled love, love and romance, unfulfillment, romance, couples, family relations, couple relations, social differences, pregnancy, society, renewed love ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: france, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 428
Bashing (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Yuko is a Japanese girl who was taken hostage in Iraq while volunteering there as an aid worker. Finally released and back in her hometown, Yuko finds herself ostracized as a national disgrace by society that sees her helping a country other than ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: journalism, volunteer, social misfits, estrangement, propaganda, misfit, society, life is a bitch, hostages, homecoming, confined, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, asia, middle east, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
All Is Forgiven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor lives in Vienna with Annette, his beautiful Austrian wife and their daughter Pamela. It’s spring. Fleeing his work, Victor spends his days outside: he plays with Pamela, pays a visit to Annette’s parents, loiters in the park with the drug ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: parents and children, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage, redemption, addiction, teenage life, estrangement, hopes, unfulfillment, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: europe, austria, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 575
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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: vandalism, immigrants, single parent, custody, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, social relations, interracial relations, parents and children, kids in trouble, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 255
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, single parent, destructive relationship, high school, small town life, teenage life, society, family relations, parents and children, pregnancy, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 432
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, mysterious past, recipe, doctor, blood, murder, flashback, kitchen, beach, diary, cemetery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Poetical Refugee (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Like a Candide dreaming of Eldorado, Jallel lands in France, hoping to try his luck. From encounter to encounter, hostel to social welfare group, Jallel will make his way through a Paris of outcasts. Although failing to achieve his hopes, he ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, touching, realistic, psychological
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: hospital, illegal immigrant, family life, immigrants, romance, poverty, social outcast, welfare, hotel, looking for love, down on your luck, cooking and food ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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