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: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, emotional
Plot: orphan, nun, adoption, family relations, parents and children, hopes, dysfunctional family, youth, 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 realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, youth, hopes, adoption and coming of age mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like A Brand New Life: Abandoned (2001), Second Best (1994), Elisa (1995), Like Dandelion Dust (2009), Take Care of My Cat (2001). 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: uplifting, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: unfulfillment, down on your luck, society, custody, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, breakup, single parent, youth, boarding school life, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, hungary
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95%
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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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: social worker, village, orphan, adoption, family problems, hopes, parents and children, family relations, single parent, orphanage, adopted son, absent father ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.6
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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: tense, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, arson, dysfunctional family, family problems, dishonesty, track down, innocence lost, redemption, obsession, estrangement, cons and scams, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, sincere, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, family relations, starting over, custody, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, rivalry, family in crisis, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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, human nature, lifestyle, family relations, couples, orphan, obsession, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, artist, coming of age, couples, parents and children, love and romance, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, graduation, poet, twentysomething life, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, japan, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: godparent, family problems, self discovery, youth, single parent, introspection, dysfunctional family, family relations, coming of age, parents and children, siblings relations, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: touching, stylized, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: parenthood, orphanage, childhood, haunted by the past, orphan, teenage life, family relations, parents and children, hopes, coping, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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, bleak, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, parents and children, teachers and students, siblings relations, youth, teenage life, family problems, child as adult, power relations, family relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, emotional, bleak, 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, teenage life, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: destiny, coming of age, society, family life, youth, parents and children, hopes, rich and poor, family relations, adoption, aunt niece relationship, country house ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: sincere, serious, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, betrayal, coming of age, nanny, rich and poor, young heroes, domestic disturbance, twins, youth, family relations, power relations, adoption ...
Time: 80s, 1950s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
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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: realistic, touching, psychological, sincere, serious
Plot: nanny, dysfunctional family, family life, single parent, midlife crisis, youth, family relations, power relations, politics, adoption, family problems, couples ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe
⇓ 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, parents and children, hopes, couple relations, family problems, couples, teenage life, family life, youth, single parent, family relations ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: adoption, society, family relations, parents and children, interracial relations, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, foster parent, mother daughter relationship, housewife, birth mother ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: misunderstanding, junkyard, loss, dysfunctional family, family problems, teenage life, innocence lost, misfit, family relations, coming of age, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: custody, coming of age, teenage girl, custody battle, life is a bitch, siblings relations, hopes, parents and children, manipulations, family in crisis, family relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, doctors and patients, babies and infants, life is a bitch, hopes, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, pregnancy, child illness, parents and children, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: sincere, atmospheric, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, missing child, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, family relations, self discovery, youth, dysfunctional family, teenage life, innocence lost, estrangement, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
A Father for Brittany (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption process, leaving Keith to fight for Brittany's custody ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, child illness, family in crisis, hopes, babies and infants, gays and lesbians, legal action, dealing with death, love and romance, legal, redemption ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
For the Love of a Child (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, disturbing, touching, rough ...
Plot: orphan, life is a bitch, vietnam war, danger, family relations, family problems, selflessness, rescue, dysfunctional family, parents and children, domestic disturbance, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: self discovery, drugs/alcohol, family relations, religions or cults, adoption, family problems, youth, introspection, hopes, family, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, family relations, friends, opposites attract, immigrants, human nature, coming of age, love and romance, family life, friendship, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, touching, psychological, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: youth, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, golden years, hopes, introspection, urban, aging, coming of age, elderly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
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The Way Home (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story begins on a fine summers morning, when San-woo and his mother board a bus to the country. It is soon clear that the unsophisticated rural passengers annoy the seven-year-old urban boy. His mother is taking him to live with his 78-year-old ...
Style: touching, sentimental, rough, thought provoking, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: parents and children, grandmother grandson relationship, friendship, generation gap, village life, coming of age, family relations, village, childhood, love, life & death, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea, asia, tokyo, new jersey, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
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Mondo (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Mondo is a homeless young boy, with a big smile, who wanders around Nice looking for food and a place to sleep.
Style: realistic, feel good, touching, serious
Plot: orphan, friends, adoption, society, friendship, youth, village, family relations, social misfits, village life, beach, bicycle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: french riviera, italy, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Mom at Sixteen (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Pregnant sixteen year old Jacey's well-meaning mother forces her to keep the birth a secret and decides to raise the baby as her own.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage pregnancy, adoption, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, youth, family problems, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, unwanted pregnancy, babies and infants, high school life, social worker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 684
Emile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: orphan, family relations, countryside, homecoming, family life, family problems, betrayal, introspection, human nature, starting over, university, college ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, canada, europe, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
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Aftershock (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Based on the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976 that took the lives of 240,000 people.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, psychological, factual ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, haunted by the past, family reunited, moral dilemma, redemption, family in crisis, earthquake, family tragedy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, presumed dead, loss of sibling ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: china, asia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, injustice, family relations, society, couples, youth, parents and children, love and romance, siblings relations, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%