Movies like Ratcatcher

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Ratcatcher (1999)
 7.5
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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 vulnerable 14 year old expressing a need for love in all the wrong ways, and befriends Kenny, who possesses an unusual innocence in spite of the harsh surroundings.
Style: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, stylized, rough, serious, realistic, enigmatic, lyrical, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, drowning, neighbor, canal, mouse, coming of age, youth, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch, realism, urban ghetto life, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, working class, teasing, kids in trouble, urban ghetto, picked on, boy, female director, runaway, british, friendship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland

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Most similar movies to Ratcatcher

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and gloomy films with plots about dysfunctional family, family relations, suprisingly clever, storytelling, runaway, life is a bitch and coming of age mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Ratcatcher: Fish Tank (2009), Nobody Knows (2004), The Selfish Giant (2013), Pelle the Conqueror (1987), Kes (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: bleak, serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: age difference, rebelliousness, innocence lost, fall in love, youth, life is a bitch, adolescence, coming of age, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, england, california
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100%
 8.1
 26K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, poverty, dysfunctional family, survival, young kid, innocence lost, responsibility, financial problem, journey, 12 year old, tragedy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
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100%
The Selfish Giant (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.
Style: sad, depressing, atmospheric, realistic, tense ...
Plot: child abuse, friendship, theft, domestic violence, horse, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, thief, misfit, poverty, society, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, poland ...
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50%
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, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, life is a bitch, parents and children, island, misfit, family relations, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.9
 20K
Kes (1969)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: working class, childhood, school, coming of age, boy, friendship, soccer, nudity (full frontal - brief), bird, falcon, neglected child, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: england, northern england, europe, yorkshire, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, touching, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, redemption, youth, small town, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social relations, hopes, society, adolescence, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 10K
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, society, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 9K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, drug abuse, down on your luck, profanity, temperamental ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.8
 11K
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, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, alcohol abuse, drowning, family relations, alibi, poacher, police officer, suicide, humiliation, coming of age, innocence lost, village life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
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Small Faces (1995)
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, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, leadership, society, crimes, life is a bitch, school, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 10K
Morvern Callar (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: psychological, touching, serious, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, supermarket, self discovery, couple relations, friends, couples, twentysomething life, best friend, writers, rave, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, spain, europe, ibiza
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Winter Guest (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: talky, bleak, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: winter, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, small town life, human nature, small town, introspection, dealing with death, starting over, profanity, supportive parent, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 3K
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: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, youth, society, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, united kingdom, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
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Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: serious, emotional, suspense, meditative, bleak ...
Plot: realism, unemployment, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, desperation, snitch, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 84K
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, tense, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, coming of age, kids in trouble, underage drinking, addiction, juvenile delinquency, friends, family problems, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Rosie (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a juvenile lockup, a new ward answers questions: she's Rosie, 13, no parents, a sister Irene, a brother Michel. In flashbacks we find out what happened. She lives with Irene, who's 27, whom Rosie knows is in fact her mother, but ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, sexy, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, single parent, bus, coming of age, addiction, youth, rescue, mentally challenged, misfit, siblings relations, isolation, unemployment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, 70s
Place: belgium, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: rough, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, parents and children, teenage life, working class, kids in trouble, youth, society, family relations, eviction, school, survival, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, suspense, biting, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, social worker, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, family life, temperamental, family problems, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, paraguay, liverpool, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, single parent, youth, society, small town, realism, life is a bitch, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto life, family problems, realism, life is a bitch, family relations, protecting from truth, single parent, teenage life, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 7K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, working class, life is a bitch, redemption, hopes, parents and children, human nature, family problems, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.1
 831
The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, serious, emotional, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, family relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, adaptation, bdsm, singer ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 2K
Cold Water (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An outer suburb of Paris, 1972. Gilles and Christine, both sixteen, are classmates and lovers who have become frustrated with the aloofness of their families and the general monotony of their lives. When the pair are caught shoplifting, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: youth, family relations, rebelliousness, unfulfilled love, teenage life, romance, unfulfillment, kids in trouble, parents and children, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dysfunctional family, coming of age ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 7.0
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Respiro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Grazia is a free-spirited mother-of-three married to shy fisherman Pietro and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. She shows signs of manic depressive behavior — one moment she's laughing wildly and ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: island, family relations, mentally unstable, family life, human nature, small town life, working class, parents and children, injustice, mediterranean, villager, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, milan italy, mediterranean sea, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 3K
Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, social decay, friendship, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, teenage life, dysfunctional family, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, tense ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, world war two, couples, family problems, obsession, eccentric family, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, france, new england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
 8K
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: tense, realistic, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, dysfunctional family, death in the family, human nature, siblings relations, innocence lost, teenage life, parents and children, dealing with death, babies and infants, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, antwerp, los angeles, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.1
 4K
Wonderland (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, emotional, talky ...
Plot: working class, parents and children, weekend, society, couple relations, loneliness, sister sister relationship, life, waitress, multiple storylines, existentialism, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, los angeles, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: ghetto, friendship, money, dysfunctional family, human nature, lifestyle, family problems, family life, parents and children, couple relations, family relations, slaughterhouse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.4
 55K
The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, sexual, sexy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mate swapping, swinger, neighbor, snow, thanksgiving, family relations, infidelity, sexual exploration, storm, adultery, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%