Movies like A Brand New Life

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A Brand New Life (2009)
 7.5
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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, adoption, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, hopes, nun, youth, family problems, father daughter relationship, girl, little girl, single parent, friendship between girls, interracial adoption, child's point of view, redemption, coming of age, innocence lost, power relations, bittersweet, friendship, children, korean, single father ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: korea, asia, seoul

Most similar movies to A Brand New Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, youth, hopes and single parent mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like A Brand New Life: Pandora's Box (2008), Nobody Owns Me (2013), A Father's Choice (2000), Second Best (1994), Abandoned (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: sentimental, touching, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, siblings relations, self discovery, hopes, estrangement, elderly, parents and children, family relations, countryside, family problems, aging, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: bleak, touching, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: working class, parents and children, single parent, youth, disorder, family problems, alcohol abuse, family relations, life turned upside down, dysfunctional family, society, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
A Father's Choice (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: parents and children, family life, teenage life, single parent, family problems, love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, youth, farm, hopes, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 6.8
 1K
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: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic
Plot: social worker, adoption, single parent, village, orphan, hopes, family problems, parents and children, family relations, orphanage, adopted son, man boy relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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 7.3
 522
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, serious, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: corporal punishment, juvenile delinquency, orphan, kids in trouble, boarding school life, friendship, human spirit, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, dysfunctional family, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This finely acted, delicate and provocative new film by one of France’s most impressive filmmakers—working here with his son, Nathan—depicts the troubled life of an adopted boy who, as a taciturn adult, visits his birth mother and strikes up a ...
Style: captivating, sincere, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: foster child, disorder, adoption, parents and children, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, family relations, siblings relations, youth, family problems, mischievous children, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.4
 2K
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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: unfaithful wife, friendship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, siblings relations, family relations, parents and children, lifestyle, single parent, youth, family problems, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, dysfunctional family, captivity, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, domestic disturbance, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, redemption, life is a bitch, family problems, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, family relations, parents and children, starting over, family life, hopes, social worker, custody, family problems, legal, legal action, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.6
 6K
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: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious, sincere
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, best friends, family relations, dysfunctional family, civil war, coming of age, life is a bitch, society, teenage life, parents and children, youth, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), asia, tbilisi, eastern europe, georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: custody, custody battle, coming of age, teenage girl, life is a bitch, youth, siblings relations, parents and children, family values, dysfunctional family, manipulations, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family problems, teenage life, family in crisis, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, youth, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.5
 368
Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: gang, homecoming, heist, going straight, crimes, family problems, immigrants, aging, self discovery, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.5
 664
Holy Lola (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of a young couple, Pierre and Geraldine, and their desire for a child, which leads them on a journey of initiation to Cambodia. On their difficult and transformative adventure, they must contend with obstructive authorities and the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: adoption, interracial adoption, orphan, bribery, family relations, couple relations, babies and infants, society, politics, human trafficking, bureaucracy, adoptive mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.7
 1K
Suzanne (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: love affair, family life, parents and children, single parent, dysfunctional family, coming of age, fall in love, family problems, siblings relations, youth, teenage girl, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1990s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: homecoming, best friends, tragic love, family problems, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes, couples, starting over, orphan, parents and children, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
33 Scenes from Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Polish artist Julia and her husband Piotr, a talented and successful composer, live in Kraków. When Julias's mother, Barbara falls ill with stomach cancer, the life of the family is falling apart. Julia accompanies her mother to death, but ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: death, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, hopes, lifestyle, estrangement, siblings relations, dealing with death, family relations, dysfunctional family, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: touching, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, serious ...
Plot: orphan, rescue, danger, selflessness, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, child abuse, world spanning, strong female presence ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.1
 519
Arcadia (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: road trip, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems, on the road, dysfunctional family, family relations, single parent, single father, cross country, coming of age, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oklahoma, missouri, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.9
 2K
Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: single parent, obsession, society, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, coming of age, youth, family problems, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, bilingual
Plot: homecoming, going straight, starting over, estrangement, dysfunctional family, reunion, crimes, family problems, redemption, parents and children, hopes, puerto rican ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, obsession, lifestyle, soldier, eccentric family, teenage life, artists and showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Last Sin Eater (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, 10-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, family problems, hopes, parents and children, society, death in the family, religion, dark secret, girl, imaginary friend, sin, friends ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 139
Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: lifestyle, human spirit, rise to the top, family problems, teenage life, immigrants, parents and children, single parent, youth, family life, hopes, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, latin america, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 2K
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: contemplative, realistic, gloomy, touching, serious ...
Plot: arson, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, innocence lost, mentally unstable, dishonesty, obsession, hopes, track down, family problems, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, brittany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, hopes, dedicated educator, dysfunctional family, family problems, social misfits, misfit, thanksgiving ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 931
Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: sentimental, sincere, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: high school, against the odds, child illness, human spirit, family problems, terminal illness, family in crisis, relationship vs career, family relations, school, disability, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.1
 40K
Flight (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn't even know existed. ...
Style: captivating, sincere, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, family reunited, parents and children, step siblings, family relations, family problems, estrangement, homecoming, youth, journey, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Ode to My Father (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
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: epic, realistic, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: father, coal mine, family relations, parents and children, hopes, human spirit, coming of age, friends, war, society, friendship, child as adult ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 50s
Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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