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The Slingshot (1993)
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The Slingshot (1993)
Original name: Kådisbellan
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Stocholm in the 1920s. Young Roland lives with his socialist father, Jewish mother and a boxing brother. His mother sells condoms illegally, and from them, Roland makes slingshots which he sells. His rebellious ways has gotten him the special attention of his school teacher, who always makes sure that Roland is punished. Roland also tries to make extra money by repairing bicycles, a successful business that in the end lands him in hot water.
Style: offbeat, serious, realistic, sadistic, melancholic, humorous, talky, dark humor, witty, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, childhood, jewish, politics, fascist, child abuse, socialism, working class, bigotry, condom, reform school, slingshot, spanking, teenage life, youth, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, family life, society, mischievous children, political unrest, rebelliousness, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, tokyo, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, harsh and emotional films with plots about coming of age, youth, family relations, male nudity, culture clash, runaway and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like The Slingshot: Liam (2000), Butterfly (1999), School Ties (1992), Evil (2003), Angela's Ashes (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, tense, serious ...
Plot: working class, sin, unemployment, anti semitism, domestic violence, master and servant, parents and children, family in crisis, down on your luck, power relations, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, seaport, europe, ireland, liverpool ...
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95%
 7.6
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, politics, butterfly, atheist, latin, innocence lost, civil war, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.9
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, friendship, coming of age, football, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, sport, society, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.8
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Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, emotional, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, friendship, rebelliousness, boarding school life, domestic violence, coming of age, humiliation, bully, child abuse, violence, boarding school, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, teacher, coming of age, ira, injustice, rich and poor, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, usa, europe, new york, america ...
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76%
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, serious, touching
Plot: coming of age, friendship, best friend, social misfits, countryside, working class, misfit, society, social differences, snobbism, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: sweden, europe
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69%
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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: realistic, serious, rough, gloomy, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, working class, classroom, debt, theft, abusive father, money, juvenile delinquency, corporal punishment, redemption, spanking ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: island, farm, father son relationship, youth, coming of age, immigrants, misfit, social differences, working class, hopes, down on your luck, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Towelhead (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sexual, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, gulf war, small town, child abuse, racism, lebanese, menstruation, neighbor, pedophilia, first love, sexuality ...
Time: 90s, year 1991, 1990s, year 1990
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: sincere, surreal, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: bishop, christmas, child abuse, ghost, funeral, siblings relations, childhood, orphan, dysfunctional family, solitude, human nature, couples ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.8
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: small town, drowning, suicide, poacher, humiliation, alibi, coming of age, innocence lost, village, dysfunctional family, obsession, village life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Small Faces (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, dysfunctional family, coming of age, school, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, ghetto, youth, misfit, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.5
 8K
Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, rough ...
Plot: mouse, drowning, canal, neighbor, coming of age, society, misfit, family problems, realism, parents and children, picked on, family relations ...
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Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
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52%
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The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Nenette and Boni (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
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Plot: coming of age, school, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, obsession, couples, family life, teenage life, single parent, homecoming, self discovery, youth ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.5
 908
Concrete Night (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger ...
Style: realistic, bleak, stylized, atmospheric, serious
Plot: coming of age, life is a bitch, low lives, protecting from truth, under the surface, kids in trouble, urban ghetto life, dysfunctional family, self discovery, single parent, youth, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.9
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The Promise (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, tense, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family problems, smuggling, society, human nature, innocence lost, family relations, siblings relations, babies and infants, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, usa, los angeles, europe, antwerp ...
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48%
Movie in collections
 6.8
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Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, sincere, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, wilderness, childhood, fishing, americana, self discovery, generation gap, boat, fish, gambling, bishop, small town ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa, montana
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44%
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If.... (1968)
Genre: 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: biting, surreal, disturbing, serious, witty ...
Plot: rebellion, youth, coming of age, social satire, boarding school life, school, boarding school, society, innocence lost, social differences, rebelliousness, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
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Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: jewish, nanny, coming of age, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth, society, mentally challenged, family life, religions or cults, eviction ...
Time: 20th century
Place: antwerp, belgium, europe, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: touching, emotional, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: society, coming of age, unemployment, working class, youth, single parent, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, teenage life, life turned upside down, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: poetry, innocence lost, writer's life, love and romance, teachers and students, power relations, family in crisis, family relations, parents and children, youth, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, teenager, teenage life, family problems, parents and children, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, innocence lost, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
My Life as a Dog (1985)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A boy, obsessed with comparing himself with those less fortunate, experiences a different life at the home of his aunt and uncle in 1959 Sweden.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, tragicomedy, offbeat ...
Plot: boxing, coming of age, small town, friendship, soccer, tomboy, teenage life, dog, sexuality, loneliness, family relations, friends ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 54K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: family problems, age difference, innocence lost, fall in love, youth, adolescence, party, coming of age, boyfriend, dysfunctional family, rebelliousness, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 3K
My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: coming of age, murder, marriage, death of wife, family, rebelliousness, misfit, couple relations, babies and infants, life is a bitch, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: 20s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1920s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, revolution, innocence lost, coming of age, rebelliousness, society, apprentice, teenage life, redemption, life is a bitch, virginity, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, tibet, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 1K
Boy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A family of four lives off of scams in which they pretend to be injured by automobiles. After suffering an injury during the war, the father believes he is an invalid. He and his wife have a 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. The adults pretend ...
Style: gloomy, touching, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, family problems, social decay, dishonesty, youth, coming of age, innocence lost, society, family life, siblings relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%