Movies like Dam Street

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Dam Street
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: gloomy, psychological, serious, touching, realistic, bleak
Plot: haunted by the past, small town, couples, family relations, social misfits, unlikely couple, estrangement, parents and children, down on your luck, pregnancy, life is a bitch, misfit, society, social relations, chinese opera, karaoke bar, pop singer, death of lover, sister, sexual harassment, carpenter, shame, barbershop, schoolgirl, grandmother grandson relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: asia, china
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450 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and gloomy films with plots about family relations, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, couples, family problems and haunted by the past mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Dam Street: Electric Shadows (2004), The Nephew (1998), Fifteen and Pregnant (1998), The Cruel Embrace (1987), The World (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Cruel Embrace
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Duration: 96 min.
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