Movies like Return to Innocence

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Return to Innocence (2001)
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Return to Innocence (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Director Rocky Costanzo's searing legal drama centers on a highly credentialed child psychologist named Glen Erskine (Richard Meese) whose life is shattered when he's accused of sexually assaulting a young boy he's been treating. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary M. Frazier, this poignant tale also stars Andrew Martin, Steve De Forest, Jeff Harman and Brett Chukerman.
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, teenage life, family relations, sexual abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, custody, redemption, youth, society, chief of staff, pedophilia, street kid, coming of age
Time: contemporary

Most similar movies to Return to Innocence

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, dysfunctional family and society mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Return to Innocence: Accused (2005), America (2009), Snap Decision (2001), Absence (2014), Suspect (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Accused (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, prisoner, lawyer, family relations, child abuse, parents and children, under the surface, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, incest, degradation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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95%
 6.3
 638
America (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, ...
Style: psychological, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: youth, teenage life, custody, human spirit, family in crisis, sexual abuse, mental illness, doctors and patients, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three narratives ("Cutting Moments," "Home" and "Prologue") combine to create a shocking trilogy of modern American life, a portrait drawn with brushstrokes of hidden violence and disturbing cruelty. Directed by Douglas ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, social decay, family problems, life is a bitch, society, family life, couple relations, americana, family in crisis, sexual abuse, child molester, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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72%
 6.2
 316
Snap Decision (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: One mother must fight back to prove her innocence or lose her children.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: false accusation, courtroom, courtroom drama, life is a bitch, righting the wronged, family relations, injustice, legal, dishonesty, legal action, single parent, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 6.4
 141
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, touching, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: teenage life, dysfunctional family, family problems, child as adult, youth, family relations, parents and children, teachers and students, coming of age, siblings relations, power relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.6
 177
Suspect (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Teacher Rob Dekoster is a good man, albeit a bit too frivolous and liberal with funds the local arts center's interim director. His wife Nelle, who sometimes abuses drugs, spoils his ingrate teenage stepdaughter Sandy, who is kind only to her ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, thought provoking
Plot: false accusation, family relations, manipulation, manipulations, youth, legal, dishonesty, rivalry, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.0
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Glassland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, moral dilemma, unlikely criminals, addiction, life is a bitch, family relations, youth, family in crisis, crimes, family problems, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.1
 489
Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, environmentalism, dysfunctional family, teenage life, society, family problems, gain trust, bittersweet, life is a bitch, youth, ecology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six year old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: pedophile, prostitute, rape, innocence lost, police, psychologist, stripper, dysfunctional family, parents and children, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, on the road ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, child rape, life is a bitch, family in crisis, innocence lost, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Hole in My Heart (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In a decript apartment, a young man watches as his father and a friend shoot an amateur porn film. Issues of morality, reality TV and friendship are explored.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, bleak, avant garde ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, social decay, isolation, human nature, teenage life, sexual abuse, parents and children, riddles and clues, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: bleak, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: working class, parents and children, dysfunctional family, disorder, single parent, youth, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, alcohol abuse, society, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 859
Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, youth, life is a bitch, estrangement, family problems, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family in crisis, redemption, hopes, family problems, domestic disturbance, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 580
Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, working class, youth, single parent, society, realism, small town, life is a bitch, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Zion and His Brother (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zion, aged 14 and his brother Meir, 17, are facing a crisis in their relationship after a terrible accident. They keep the secret to themselves and it haunts them until, finally, Zion re-examines his loyalty towards his older brother and decides ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, working class, siblings relations, teenage life, haunted by the past, introspection, family in crisis, youth, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Father's Choice (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: parents and children, family life, teenage life, youth, love and romance, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, single parent, hopes, farm, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Third Side of the River (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Tensions rise when a doctor (Daniel Veronese) pressures his teenage son to follow in his footsteps.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, tense, serious
Plot: coming of age, family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, under the surface, small town, teenage life, father son relationship, double life, youth, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Don't Be Afraid (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Silvia is a young girl marked by a dark childhood. When she is barely twenty-five, she decides to start over and to face the people, feelings and emotions that keep her bound to the past. In her fight against adversity and against herself, she will ...
Style: psychological, realistic, melancholic, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: sexual abuse, haunted by the past, starting over, life is a bitch, family problems, support group, family relations, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, dentist, gambling, waitress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.6
 520
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 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, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, society, youth, sexual abuse, parents and children, small town, teenage life, teenage girl, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Tracey Fragments (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Tracey Berkowitz, 15, a self-described normal girl, loses her 9-year old brother, Sonny. In flashbacks and fragments, we meet her overbearing parents and the sweet, clueless Sonny. We watch Tracey navigate high school, friendless, picked on and ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: survival, dysfunctional family, high school, teenage life, youth, family problems, first sex, borderline personality disorder, mother daughter relationship, bus, family relations, missing person ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 490
Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, estrangement, small town, adolescence vs adulthood, meth lab, release from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 726
Camp (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: summer camp, child abuse, kids in trouble, friendship, youth, dysfunctional family, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 5.6
 70
Ritual (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A young man drops out of college to fix his family when he senses something is terribly wrong at home.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, suspense, controversial ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, curses spells and rituals, redemption, social decay, family problems, estrangement, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, youth, crumbling marriage, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: malibu california, bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 617
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, psychological, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: vandalism, delusion, family relations, family problems, interracial relations, parents and children, custody, life is a bitch, society, social relations, down on your luck, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.8
 865
Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family in crisis, isolation, family problems, drugs/alcohol, youth, single parent, drug abuse, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
For the Love of a Child (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary ...
Style: disturbing, touching, rough, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: orphan, rescue, family relations, selflessness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, danger, life is a bitch, family problems, child abuse, graphic violence, child in peril ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A tale of deliverance. Laura, 27 years old, lives alone in the outskirts of a large town. She learns that her father is in a coma, after a serious car accident. She decides to visit him at the hospital as a last opportunity to settle old scores, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: hospital, haunted by the past, introspection, sexual abuse, family relations, estrangement, hopes, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, revenge, family secret, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 755
My Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Julien and his mum care for each other very much. But Julien has committed a deadly sin: he is growing into a teenager! Worse, he has found himself a girlfriend of his age. "Mummy" is not going to tolerate such an ignominy. Julien is HER ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy
Plot: incestuous desire, family relations, teenage boy, psychological abuse, suburban life, dysfunctional family, family problems, mentally unstable, youth, parents and children, teenage life, overprotective mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, friendship, life is a bitch, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, social decay, family problems, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%