Movies like Hands of a Mother

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Hands of a Mother (2016)
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Hands of a Mother (2016)
Original name: Die Hände meiner Mutter
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A family reunion aboard a ship becomes a turning point in the life of 39-year-old engineer Markus. When his son Adam (4) gets a little cut after going to the bathroom with his grandmother Renate, Markus recalls for the first time what his mother did to him when he was a little boy. Markus and his wife Monika find themselves confronted with an ugly truth of the kind you wouldn’t think a mother capable of.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, suspense
Plot: parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, family secret, childhood trauma, sexual abuse, mental illness, child abuse, psychotherapy, child molestation, husband wife relationship, abusive mother, repressed memory, rape, incest, birthday party, shame, mother son relationship, pedophilia, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, family gatherings, male rape, brother brother relationship, therapy, rape victim ...

Most similar movies to Hands of a Mother

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, disturbing and realistic films with plots about child abuse, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, sexual abuse and incest mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Hands of a Mother: Little Boy Blue (1997), Gemini (2005), Homesick (2005), The Celebration (1998), Surrogate (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: disturbing, psychological, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, stepmother stepson relationship, dysfunctional family, parents and children, murder, family problems, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, investigation, alcohol abuse, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa, vietnam, asia, san francisco
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95%
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, husband wife relationship, child molester ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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87%
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Gemini (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An incestuous love affair. Meme and Jeremias are the younger children in a typical bourgeois family. Their mother Lucia is the dominant force in the household, but her fixation on upholding the niceties of upper middle class life has prevented her ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, shame, secret, family secret, dysfunctional family, sex scene, domineering mother, wedding, female director, sex with brother, mother slaps daughter ...
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82%
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Homesick (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 17-year-old Sami has an accident which resulted in him reluctantly sent to closed psychiatric hospital. Sami refuses to speak or show his feelings, even when the nurse Taneli is trying everything in order to understand how the crash really happened. ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, touching
Plot: mental institution, doctor, mental breakdown, broken family, parent child relationship, mental illness, mother son incest, suicide attempt, roommate, nurse, child abuse, mother son relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: suspense, dark humor, talky, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, secret, birthday, child abuse, pedophile, hotel, depression, incest, family secret, family relations, party ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, denmark
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74%
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Surrogate (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Eli is a 32 year old man who has problems with relationships with women. Hagar is a surrogate, an alternative partner for practical, sexual therapy. They meet once a week and practice a relationship and intimacy in laboratory conditions. The ...
Style: psychological, suspense, serious, captivating
Plot: therapy, male female relationship, sex therapy, childhood trauma, sex therapist, laboratory, female director, nudity (full frontal - brief), family relations, abuse, sex, bathtub ...
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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For My Brother (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The two brothers Aske (17 years old) and Bastian (12 years old) live with their father, Lasse. Their mother died seven years earlier. Every day they live in a world where fear, violence and alcohol are huge factors, but where the brothers' ...
Style: rough, disturbing, touching, suspense
Plot: brother brother relationship, incest, sexual perversion, child prostitution, child abuse, homosexual rape, father son relationship, pedophilia, life is a bitch, survival, rape, death of mother ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, corporal punishment, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, false accusation, teenage life, redemption, sexual abuse, custody, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: disturbing, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: pedophile, prostitute, rape, innocence lost, psychologist, police, stripper, life is a bitch, parents and children, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: pedophilia, child abuse, homosexual rape, homosexual, sexual abuse, child molestation, male rape, man boy relationship, gay teenager, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987, 1990s ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An 11 year old girl accuses her father of incest.
Plot: father daughter incest, incest, sexual abuse, abuse, medical examination, memory, classroom, family relations, legal action, alcohol abuse, baby, husband wife relationship ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, incest, mental illness, schizophrenia, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, confined, human nature, parents and children, siblings relations, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Something Is Killing Tate (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Days before his birthday and weeks before his wedding, Tate Bradley, a twenty-five year old, African-American man attempts to commit suicide. He survives the ordeal, but from his actions, it is obvious that "Something is Killing Tate." The ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hopes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, childhood trauma, curses spells and rituals, relationship problems, african american, suicide attempt, suicide, incest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Home for the Weekend (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the request of his mother Gitte, Marko, who has been living in Berlin for years, drives off to the countryside to visit his parents. His hopes of spending a quiet and relaxing time with his family fall short when Gitte surprises everyone by ...
Style: sincere, serious, disturbing, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, reunion, family relations, mental illness, introspection, estrangement, family problems, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, search, life is a bitch, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 ⇓
53%
A Night Too Young (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Slovenia
Duration: 65 min.
Story: On New Year's Day, two preteen boys wind up in the apartment of Katerina, a teacher from their school, along with her friends, Stepan and David. As the older trio bickers, drinks and flirts, the boys gain eye-opening insight into the adult ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious
Plot: teenage boy, child molestation, sexual awakening, friendship between boys, friendship, child abuse, underage sex, underage drinking, sled, masturbation, police officer, vomiting ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
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 9K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: rough, disturbing, psychological, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, therapy, dysfunctional family, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, society, manic, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Lives We Lead (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two sisters and their male counterparts struggle with the negative influences of their youths over a 50-year period.
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, sincere
Plot: mental illness, parenthood, deception, brother brother relationship, dysfunctional family, betrayal, father son relationship, parents and children, frustration, family relations, wedding, police ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Red Roses and Petrol (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dysfunctional Irish family gathers after the death of their patriarch.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, sincere, captivating
Plot: family reunited, family relations, secret, dysfunctional family, family conflict, love, father son relationship, family tragedy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship, family gatherings ...
Place: new york, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Dancing in the Dark (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Anna Forbes suffers an attack and sexual abuse by her father-in-law. But when she overcomes her fear and tells her husband Mark what happened he does not believe her, choosing instead to believe his father who denies everything. As Anna becomes ...
Style: gloomy, clever, suspenseful, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: false accusation, mental institution, legal action, injustice, sexual content, family in danger, hospital, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, woman in danger, mental illness, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 104K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: bleak, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, illiteracy, abusive mother, social misfits, sexual abuse, rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, aids ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Take Me to the River (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, psychological, touching, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: family secret, cousin cousin relationship, family secrets, children, injustice, precocious child, suspicion, summer, incest, threat, child abuse, horse ...
Place: nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Double Parked (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A resourceful and high-spirited woman deals with financial distress and her asthmatic thirteen-year-old son when his life is gravely complicated by a new friendship with the son of her former drunken and abusive husband.
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: mother son relationship, teenager, child abuse, juvenile delinquent, parent child relationship, childhood friend, father son relationship, teenage boy, middle school, loner, drugs
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, family problems, youth, first sex, borderline personality disorder, mother daughter relationship, family relations, bus, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, touching
Plot: child abuse, traumatic childhood, husband wife relationship, mental illness, boy, bullying, abusive husband, drunkenness, teasing, small town, father son relationship, mother son relationship ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 2K
Delta (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new place by building a new home for himself on the delta. But ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: incest, forbidden love, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, human nature, isolation, obsession, dysfunctional family, homecoming, sexual relations, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.
Style: realistic, disturbing, rough, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: pedophilia, child molestation, man boy relationship, homosexual rape, catholic priest, sexual abuse, rape of a minor, catholicism, pedophile, clergy, sexual perversion, orphan ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, london, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 4K
Beyond (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A poignant story, told with sincerity and humor, about a young woman´s dramatic childhood and about her grief and the struggle to move on. Noomi Rapace plays the main character in her first feature after the success with the Millennium trilogy and ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: family relations, domestic violence, introspection, dysfunctional family, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, alcoholic father, abusive father, husband wife relationship, child abuse, dying woman ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%