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Ballast (2008)
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Ballast (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding conflict.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, captivating, suspense, sincere, sentimental, bleak
Plot: single parent, small town, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, danger, juvenile delinquent, robbery, lawyer, death, suicide, gun, poverty, mother son relationship, society, drug abuse, child in peril, dog, train, hospital, single mother, boy, driving, home schooling, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mississippi, mississippi river

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, single parent, society, family problems and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ballast: About Sunny (2011), Low Tide (2012), Shirley Adams (2009), Empire of Dirt (2013), Cook County (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, parents and children, society, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, single parent, urban, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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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: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, working class, single parent, youth, society, realism, small town, life is a bitch, teenage boy, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, hopes, single parent, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, single parent, society, family problems, youth, danger, life is a bitch, social misfits, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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53%
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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: meth lab, family relations, redemption, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, estrangement, small town, adolescence vs adulthood, release from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six year old daughter is kidnapped; over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, uncover truth, parents and children, family relations, under the surface, danger, disorder, life turned upside down, crimes, secret, confined, missing person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, new orleans
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Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: DeeDee returns to her hometown with her 11 year old son, Trooper, 13 years after she ran off with her boyfriend. Her childhood best friend, Sam, is now married and he and his wife, Lydia, are the town's veterinarians. Lydia is a little wary ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: veterinarian, single parent, couples, parents and children, adoption, life is a bitch, social relations, couple relations, terminal illness, homecoming, unfulfillment, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, maine
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48%
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Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: autism, parents and children, moral dilemma, society, social misfits, single parent, youth, nursing, family problems, child illness, life is a bitch, mentally challenged ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, haunted by the past, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, society, crime, manhood, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Nurse.Fighter.Boy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An urban love story about the soul of a mother, the heart of a fighter, and the faith of a child.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, single parent, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, boxing, nurse, street fighter, loss, gym, mother son relationship, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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41%
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Adapted from the bestselling Japanese autobiography of the same title, this gentle coming-of-age drama concerns an adolescent boy, Boku - Masaya, torn between the inherited recklessness of his father Oton and the inherited responsibility, wisdom and ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family life, family relations, life is a bitch, aging, parents and children, terminal illness, single parent, parents separation, golden years, supportive parent, dedication, chain smoking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: missing child, young heroes, society, obsession, youth, racism, interracial relations, family problems, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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39%
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Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, friendship, impossible love, society, hopes, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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39%
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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, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, parents and children, sexual abuse, small town, teenage life, youth, society, teenage girl, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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All God's Children Can Dance (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In Korea Town Los Angeles, a young man, Kengo, believes he's the son of God - that's what his mother told him since he was a young boy. He spends his days working his dead-end job and figuring out his complex feelings for his girlfriend ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: sexual relations, couple relations, sexual content, introspection, parents and children, single parent, couples, family relations, mother son relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), cause and meaning, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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The Dry Land (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
Style: realistic, contemplative, sentimental, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, homecoming, family life, redemption, society, buddies, life is a bitch, soldier, parents and children, husband wife relationship, friends, wartime life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas
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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Austria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: support group, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, depression, family relations, single parent, parent child relationship, post war, female protagonist, child abuse, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia, sarajevo, europe, bosnia herzegovina
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37%
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: family relations, parents and children, immigrants, hopes, society, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, poverty, countryside, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, working class, drug abuse, teenage life, parents and children, youth, single parent, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
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36%
Of Boys and Men (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family life, parents and children, family in crisis, youth, car accident, death of wife, accidental death, grief, society, love, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, rich and poor, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, racial discrimination ...
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Place: usa, chicago illinois
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You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: You is a love story. It spans 21 years, bouncing around in time, creating a kind of family quilt that wraps around a father as he struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey for ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, parents and children, hopes, single parent, haunted by the past, redemption, love, teenager, loss of mother, friendship, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, parents and children, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
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34%
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Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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33%
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The Way We Are (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Way We Are is a respectful, unglamorous, and serenely charming portrait of regular people and a Hong Kong town that normally gets a bad rap. It may put you to sleep, but the visit and Ann Hui's quiet touch are exceptionally worthwhile.
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, working class, society, single parent, family problems, unfulfillment, loss of daughter, loss of husband, poverty, death in the family, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
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The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Dark Side of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two brothers on different life paths, a gay waiter with a crush on an eligible bachelor and a drug addict in a twisted dependent relationships with his girlfriend, reunite to mourn the death of their mother.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, death in the family, addiction, estrangement, life is a bitch, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, gender, gays and lesbians, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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33%
Back to School Mom (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Mary Thomas, a free-spirited musician, has spent the past two decades traveling the world, but at age 41 she decides to go back to college and finish her degree so that, for once, she can finally finish something she started. Back at her old ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: college, redemption, family relations, college life, social relations, homecoming, life is a bitch, starting over, bittersweet, small town, mother son relationship, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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32%
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Stay (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman finds out she's pregnant and returns home when the expected father wants nothing to do with her.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: pregnancy, parents and children, family life, homecoming, single parent, unsupportive spouse, family relations, love, family problems, female director, fear of commitment, bathtub ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, ireland
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The Other Bank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Life creates many obstacles for 12 years old boy - Tedo. Tedo belongs to the generation, which was forced to mass displacement because of the civil war in Abkhazia, one of the most beatiful places in Georgia. The civil war took away everything Tedo ...
Style: realistic, emotional, road movie, psychological, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, on the road, estrangement, family relations, parents and children, single parent, childhood, poverty, search for father, journey, grownups, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, georgia (former ussr), caucasus
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