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The Child I Never Was (2002)
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The Child I Never Was (2002)
Original name: Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on the true story of of Germany's most famous child murderer Juergen Bartsch who, between the ages of 15 and 19, abused, tortured and killed four schoolboys in the Ruhr region of Germany from 1962 to 1966.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic, gloomy
Plot: pedophile, murder, psychopath, sexual obsession, sexual abuse, investigation, youth, life is a bitch, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, society, sexual predator, brutality, sadism, husband wife relationship, arrest, transsexual, child abuse, altar boy, lgbt, serial killer, crimes, family relations, parents and children, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1976, year 1966, year 1962
Place: germany, europe

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Most similar movies to The Child I Never Was

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and bleak films with plots about murder, death, crimes, violence, male nudity, brutality and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Child I Never Was: River's Edge (1986), L.I.E. (2001), Ethan Mao (2004), Trust (2010), Evilenko (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, juvenile delinquency, strangulation, family relations, police, nudity (full frontal - brief), woman strangled to death, crimes, rock ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
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L.I.E. (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this biting and disturbing coming-of-age tale from writer-director Michael Cuesta, life is bittersweet along the L.I.E., also known as the Long Island Expressway, as suburban teen Howie Blitzer learns all too clearly. In the space of a week, he ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, touching, brutal, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: male prostitution, pedophile, sexual abuse, gay, coming of age, older man younger man relationship, juvenile delinquency, death of mother, youth, suburbs, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: long island, california, new jersey
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100%
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Ethan Mao (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Kicked out of his house because he's gay, Ethan Mao returns home to steal and ends up holding his family hostage on a fateful Thanksgiving Day.
Style: serious, rough, psychological, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: friendship, thanksgiving, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, family problems, crimes, drug dealing, rehabilitation, survival, society, youth, family in danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, boston
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100%
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Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, investigation, bullying, teenage life, youth, child sexual abuse, child rape, parents and children, pedophile, teenage girl, underage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, milwaukee wisconsin, cleveland ohio, chicago illinois ...
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100%
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Evilenko (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1984, in Kiev, the communist teacher Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is dismissed from his position after a pedophilic act against a student. On 15 May 1984, the pedophile Evilenko begins to rape children, and then slashing the victims in pieces and ...
Style: slasher, disturbing, scary, serious, psychological ...
Plot: pedophile, serial killer, sexual abuse, child murder investigation, murder, psychopath, woman in danger, sexual sadism, investigation, dead children, cannibalism, pedophilia ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, year 1992, year 1984
Place: kiev ukraine, ukraine, russia, crimea, ussr
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100%
The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A sinister tale of genius gone wrong, The Young Poisoner's Handbook chronicles a young man's descent into madness against the absurd backdrop of suburban English life. Hugh O'Conor plays Graham Young, a schoolboy from the London ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, poison, psychiatrist, mental institution, teenage life, death in the family, friendship, parents and children, love and romance, crimes, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london
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100%
 6.6
 19K
Snowtown (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Style: tense, psychological, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, male rape victim, violence, mother's boyfriend, gay rape, psychopath, murder, manipulation, suspicion, vandalism, gang, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999, year 1998
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
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100%
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Benny's Video (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Austria, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: videotaping, atrocity, psychopath, murder, introspection, human nature, obsession, alienation, teenage life, society, crimes, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: austria, bosnia, europe, serbia, vienna ...
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100%
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Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang war, juvenile delinquency, criminal, crimes, organized crime, debt, power, social decay, criminal heroes, society, life is a bitch, rise and fall ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: italy, europe, miami, venice, manhattan new york city ...
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100%
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Antibodies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When a notorious German serial killer is captured after committing some of the most heinous acts against humanity ever imaginable, a farmer and police officer from a sleepy rural community on the outskirts of Berlin is drawn into the case as he ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, investigation, murder, mind game, lust, crimes, small town, family life, haunted by the past, police officer, serial child killer ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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48%
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: disturbing, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, male rape, homosexual rape, pedophilia, homosexual, child molestation, man boy relationship, sexual abuse, gay rape, gay, gay teenager, homosexuality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1991, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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100%
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The Riverman (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.
Style: serious, psychological, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: police investigation, psychopath, serial killer, mind game, life is a bitch, track down, crimes, woman in danger, violence, brutality, murder, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 73K
Funny Games (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: sadism, torment, family in danger, serial killer, psychopath, lake, humiliation, crimes, isolation, bad guy wins, violence spree, postmodernism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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If.... (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The film is a caustic portrait of a traditional English boys’ boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three ...
Style: suspense, biting, surreal, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, satire, private school, school shooting, corporal punishment, coming of age, youth, revolution, social satire, boarding school life, boys' school, school ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, california
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100%
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 3K
Tough Enough (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: From the youth directed novel of the same name by Greogor Tressnow comes a film by Detlev Buck that is a realistic portrait of life in the section of Berlin called Neukölln. It’s about power and weakness, delinquents and victims, and the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, youth gang, street gang, gang, urban ghetto, coming of age, crimes, urban ghetto life, parents and children, high school life, friendship, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany
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42%
 7.5
 3K
Blind Shaft (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: China, Germany, Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Chinese miners, who make money by killing fellow miners and then extorting money from the mine owner to keep quiet about the "accident", happen upon their latest victim. But one of them begins to have second thoughts.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: miner, murder, crimes, dishonesty, investigation, hidden identity, cons and scams, teenage life, rich and poor, prostitute, teenage boy, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
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42%
 6.9
 2K
The Boys (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day ...
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, murder, prison, family relations, prison sex, dysfunctional family, redemption, crimes, family life, siblings relations, sexual abuse, prison life ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, tokyo, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 15K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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41%
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 3K
The Lost (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A charismatic psycho suspected of killing two innocent campers in a cold-blooded double homicide grows increasingly unstable as his suburban empire starts to crack at the foundations.
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, murder, psychopath, narcissism, police investigation, serial killer, drug use, crimes, youth, rivalry, violence, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary
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41%
 6.1
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Steel Toes (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Steel Toes is a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of racial and religious intolerance in our society.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: racism, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, confined, prison, introspection, crimes, legal, misfit, husband wife relationship, liberal, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, montreal
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39%
Criminal Lovers (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a perverted impulse drives them to kill, Alice and her boyfriend, Luc, drag the body into the woods, only to find themselves hopelessly lost – much like the fairy-tale plight of Hansel and Gretel. Starving and with no hope of being found, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, rough ...
Plot: murder, couples, youth, confined, psychopath, mind game, hostage, teenage life, crimes, violence, teenage boy, crime gone awry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 3K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child abuse, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, working class, abusive father, debt, theft, money, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World-weary arthur Fernando has returned to his native Colombia to live out his days in peace. But Fernando's once-quiet hometown has become a hotbed of violence, drugs and corruption. On the brink of despair, Fernando meets Alexis, a ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, rough, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: gay, gang, murder, drug dealing, vengeance, teenage life, fall in love, love affair, life is a bitch, youth, friendship, poverty ...
Time: 90s
Place: colombia, los angeles, usa, latin america, tokyo ...
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38%
Movie in collections
 8.6
 740K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, gang war, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, street gang, society, crimes, life is a bitch, social decay, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
From the Edge of the City (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Minority-group Greeks from an outer suburb of Athens struggle with their life on society's fringe and exploitation of one another.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, prostitute, suburbs, culture clash, ocean, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, coming of age, gang, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, greece, europe, chernobyl, athens greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.9
 8K
Pixote (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: sex with a minor, prostitution, child rape, juvenile delinquency, street kid, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, youth, life is a bitch, social misfits, loneliness, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, stepmother stepson relationship, parents and children, murder, life is a bitch, family problems, haunted by the past, investigation, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.4
 59K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: captivating, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, child abuse, transvestism, male nudity, boarding school, first love, teacher, gay, priest, dangerous attraction, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 60s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
A Children's Story (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story focuses on the life of an 11-year old boy surrounded by criminality and poverty in the suburbs of Naples.
Style: disturbing, serious, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: street kid, youth, juvenile delinquency, friends, society, life is a bitch, social worker, social decay, urban ghetto life, teaching the ways of the world, street life, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, criminal heroes, drug dealing, youth ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%