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, dysfunctional family 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: bleak, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: down on your luck, society, custody, family problems, political unrest, innocence lost, sexual abuse, friends, kids in trouble, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
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: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: social worker, single parent, village, orphan, adoption, family problems, parents and children, hopes, family relations, orphanage, adopted son, absent father ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
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92%
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, tense, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, estrangement, innocence lost, family problems, dishonesty, mentally unstable, vengeance, obsession, parents and children, hopes, cons and scams, track down ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, single parent, youth, orphan, artists and showbiz, nanny, soldier, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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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, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, starting over, parents and children, family relations, hopes, family life, social worker, custody, family problems, rivalry, life turned upside down, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: psychological, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, artist, coming of age, family relations, life is a bitch, family in crisis, twentysomething life, unfulfillment, love and romance, parents and children, family problems, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, japan, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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, serious, sentimental, touching, emotional
Plot: single parent, coming of age, introspection, family problems, godparent, self discovery, dysfunctional family, youth, siblings relations, parents and children, family relations, obsessive quest ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 70s, contemporary
Place: italy, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: emotional, stylized, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: orphanage, childhood, parenthood, youth, family relations, coming of age, hopes, coping, parents and children, teenage life, orphan, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, power relations, youth, teenage life, parents and children, siblings relations, teachers and students, family problems, child as adult, coming of age
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, life is a bitch, working class, single parent, youth, coming of age, unemployment, dysfunctional family, disorder, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: rich and poor, hopes, parents and children, family relations, society, destiny, coming of age, family life, youth, adoption, orphan, widow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: sincere, emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, hopes, dedicated educator, human spirit, social misfits, boss and employee, parents and children, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, psychological, touching, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: orphan, betrayal, coming of age, nanny, teenage life, young heroes, society, mentally challenged, family problems, family life, adoption, kidnapping ...
Time: 80s, 1950s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 433
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, psychological, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: nanny, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, master and servant, family in crisis, parents and children, politics, adoption, down on your luck, babies and infants ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, babies and infants, parents and children, society, social differences, single parent, youth, couples, family life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle washington
⇓ 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, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, interracial relations, parents and children, family problems, society, family relations, birth mother, foster parent, housewife, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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October Baby (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: OCTOBER BABY is the coming of age story of a beautiful and naive college freshman who discovers that her entire life is a lie and sets out on a road trip with a host of misfits to discover herself and the answers she craves.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, christian film
Plot: self discovery, adoption, life turned upside down, coming of age, disorder, best friends, family relations, protecting from truth, parents and children, hopes, youth, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious
Plot: junkyard, loss, misunderstanding, innocence lost, family problems, dysfunctional family, family relations, coming of age, family in crisis, youth, single parent, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, emotional, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: custody, custody battle, coming of age, teenage girl, youth, family values, parents and children, life is a bitch, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, single parent, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, child illness, doctors and patients, babies and infants, human spirit, gays and lesbians, parents and children, hopes, terminal illness ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: suburbs, parents and children, youth, rebelliousness, urban, rebellion, society, dysfunctional family, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, dealing with death, domestic disturbance, gays and lesbians, babies and infants, legal action, unfulfillment, family relations, pregnancy, orphan, legal ...
Time: 90s
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47%
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: serious, rough, bleak, touching, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, parents and children, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, family problems, selflessness, family relations, dysfunctional family, rescue, vietnam war, danger, scolding ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 252
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: emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, friends, family relations, opposites attract, immigrants, youth, love and romance, friendship, human nature, coming of age, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: aging, urban, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, golden years, siblings relations, adolescence vs adulthood, hopes, elderly, coming of age, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: family problems, youth, adoption, introspection, society, orphan, self discovery, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, hopes, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: serious, realistic, touching, feel good
Plot: orphan, friendship, society, youth, beach, adoption, village, friends, family relations, village life, social misfits, boy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: french riviera, italy, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: sincere, emotional, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, university, college, family relations, dealing with death, family gatherings, golden years, betrayal, human nature, introspection, starting over, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
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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, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, couples, family problems, love and romance, youth, injustice, society, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, 90s, 80s, 70s ...
Place: china, asia, canada
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41%