Movies like A Brand New Life

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A Brand New Life (2009)
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A Brand New Life (2009)
Original name: 여행자
Genre: Drama
Country: France, South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Young Jinhee is taken by her father to an orphanage near Seoul. He leaves her there never to return, and she struggles to come to grips with her fate. Jinhee desperately believes her father will come back for her and take her on a trip. The film is based on the experiences of the director, an ethnic Korean who was adopted by a French couple in the 1970s.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic
Plot: nun, adoption, youth, family relations, orphan, parents and children, hopes, dysfunctional family, family problems, redemption, coming of age, innocence lost, power relations, friendship, korean, single father, girl, catholic, convent, single parent, orphanage, friendship between girls, interracial adoption, catholic orphanage, child abandonment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, asia, seoul

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Most similar movies to A Brand New Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, serious, realistic and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, youth, coming of age, dysfunctional family and hopes mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like A Brand New Life: Abandoned (2001), Elisa (1995), Sisters (2009), Ode to My Father (2014), Nobody Owns Me (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Abandoned (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Áron is a happy child in his family. But at some point things take a different turn, and his mother starts to lose her health rapidly. As this happens, the man in charge decides what's best for Áron without consulting the young boy's ...
Style: touching, realistic, bleak, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, political unrest, teenage life, family problems, human spirit, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, hopes, innocence lost, custody, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: hungary, europe
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95%
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Elisa (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, realistic, tense ...
Plot: dishonesty, track down, family problems, family relations, vengeance, on the road, parents and children, cons and scams, hopes, innocence lost, mentally unstable, arson ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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94%
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Sisters (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lyon, France in 1970s, Sibylle, Corinne, and Georgette are sisters who share everything, as they live with their Italian mother. Sibylle is the only blonde in the family, except for their father who abandoned them, and she feels isolated. She dreams ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental, touching
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, godparent, obsessive quest, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, introspection, self discovery, youth, coming of age, single parent ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: italy, france, europe
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84%
Ode to My Father (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Amid the chaos of refugees fleeing the Korean War in December 1950, a young boy, Duk-soo, sees his fate change in the blink of an eye when he loses track of his younger sister and he leaves his father behind to find her. Settling at Gukje Market in ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: father, coal mine, coming of age, track down, human spirit, child as adult, youth, parents and children, hopes, family relations, friends, vietnam war ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
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, witty ...
Plot: friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, family problems, teenage life, couples, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic
Plot: unemployment, coming of age, society, alcohol abuse, single parent, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, dysfunctional family, working class, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, small town, rivalry, legal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Take Care of My Cat (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The fashionable Hye-joo is focused on her career at a brokerage house. She's making a decent living, but her co-workers look down on her. Tae-hee is sick of living under the thumb of her domineering father. She spends her time doing volunteer ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, artist, coming of age, poet, parents and children, unfulfillment, twentysomething life, life is a bitch, love and romance, family in crisis, adulthood, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, seoul, asia, japan, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, touching
Plot: power relations, family relations, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, child as adult, teenage life, coming of age
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Second Best (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The difficult relationship between a british postal officer and his adoptive son.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: social worker, village, orphan, adoption, orphanage, hopes, parents and children, family problems, single parent, family relations, adopted son, absent father ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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The Nanny (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Rome, early 20th century: a wealthy psychiatrist, who runs an asylum for women and lacks imagination in his practice, must find a wet nurse for his infant when his wife panics after childbirth. He brings a peasant, Annette, to Rome, forcing her to ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, psychological, touching
Plot: nanny, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, love and romance, master and servant, down on your luck, babies and infants, adoption, politics, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe
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68%
 6.8
 644
Blessed (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, coming of age, missing child, dysfunctional family, family problems, suburbs, estrangement, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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In Bloom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: society, teenage life, family problems, dysfunctional character, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, best friends, dysfunctional family, civil war, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, coming of age, teenage girl, custody battle, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, hopes, manipulations, life is a bitch, siblings relations, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: gloomy, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family relations, youth, couples, family problems, injustice, society, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: bereavement, boarding school, hopes, dealing with death, human nature, death in the family, family problems, youth, child, death, children, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kindergarten, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Orheim Company (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A strong, human tale about a boy growing up with an alcoholic father, but also an energetic story about teenage lust, pain and passion – about liberation and redemption.
Style: stylized, emotional, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: childhood, parenthood, orphanage, family relations, haunted by the past, orphan, teenage life, coping, hopes, parents and children, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, social differences, society, youth, single parent, family life, couples, family problems, teenage life, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, family problems, self discovery, youth, elderly, dysfunctional family, aging, urban, introspection, small town, coming of age, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Zelly and Me (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young orphan who lives with her grandmother in a large Virginian home infatuates herself with the voices of Joan d'Arc. Her French nanny seeks out the help of a rich suitor to take her and the orphan away when she realizes that the ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, nanny, orphan, betrayal, young heroes, domestic disturbance, rich and poor, society, family problems, family life, teenage life, mentally challenged ...
Time: 80s, 1950s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: sincere, serious, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: youth, single parent, family problems, death in the family, family relations, dealing with death, parents and children, hopes, redemption, coming of age, haunted by the past, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
A Place for Annie (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Baby Annie is HIV positive and has been left in the clinic by her drug addicted mother. To prevent that she's deported to a home where they'd just wait for her to die, nurse Susan takes charge of Annie at her home. Two years later she ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, nurse, gays and lesbians, babies and infants, youth, single parent, tragic hero, terminal illness, pregnancy, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Wonder Years (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A 13 year old girl who lives with her widowed mother in a town in Korea. Somewhat withdrawn and living in dreams, her main dream is that her real mother is a famous pop singer. Soo-ah falls in with a delinquent schoolgirl, and after a tense argument ...
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious
Plot: misunderstanding, loss, junkyard, family in crisis, hopes, misfit, innocence lost, parents and children, love and romance, youth, single parent, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Amy & Isabelle (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1971, in the small town of Shirley Falls, in Maine, the odd and lonely secretary Isabelle Goodrow raises her teenager daughter Amy alone. She has only two friends in her job among her gossiper colleagues. When her overprotected daughter is ...
Style: realistic, sexual, touching, serious
Plot: coming of age, high school, repression, youth, isolation, single parent, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, small town, obsession, social relations, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, human spirit, family problems, power relations, family relations, mental institution, thanksgiving, youth, boss and employee ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Libero (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, soccer, friendship, urban, lifestyle, siblings relations, parents and children, city life, youth, single parent, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.5
 199
Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: wooing, family problems, couples, family life, destiny, coming of age, environmentalism, family relations, mentally challenged, dysfunctional family, youth, single parent ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious
Plot: adoption, society, interracial relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, foster parent, birth mother, housewife, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Starry Starry Night (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: There was once a young girl named May who felt alienated from everyone around her. May is worried about her mother and father, whose marriage is on the rocks, and she yearns to return to the woods where her grandfather lives. One day, May befriends ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, stylized
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, coming of age, friends, family relations, youth, friendship, escape from reality, parents separation, parents and children
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
My Friend Victoria (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Aged eight, Victoria spends a night in the home of a wealthy white family; years later, she encounters them again and her life is changed forever.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching
Plot: society, family life, hopes, parents and children, rich and poor, youth, coming of age, destiny, family relations, adoption, orphan, grandfather granddaughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%