Movies like The Cruel Embrace

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The Cruel Embrace (1987)
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The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Original name: Les Noces barbares
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn for his mother's affection. Nicole enters into a loveless marriage with an older man who agrees to adopt Ludo, but her deteriorating mental health leads her to sloth and alcoholism. Ludo is sent off to an asylum, but escapes and takes up residence on a deserted beach in an old tanker that has run aground. This feature won the grand prize at the 1987 Barcelona Film Festival.
Style: psychological, touching, bleak, gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: youth, confined, family relations, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, family problems, haunted by the past, human nature, isolation, single parent, estrangement, kids in trouble, female director, rape, rape victim, mother son relationship
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, belgium

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Most similar movies to The Cruel Embrace

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch and estrangement mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Cruel Embrace: Mother and Son (1997), Nobody Owns Me (2013), When Andrew Came Home (2000), Offline (2012), Lost Persons Area (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mother and Son (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, Germany
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside and cottage.
Style: emotional, atmospheric, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: countryside, family relations, family problems, isolation, parents and children, human nature, parent child relationship, mother son relationship, dying mother, old woman, nature, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
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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, emotional, realistic
Plot: working class, alcohol abuse, parents and children, disorder, family problems, youth, family relations, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, single parent, teenage life, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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52%
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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
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48%
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Lost Persons Area (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A man trying to keep himself afloat and marry the woman he loves sees all that's dear to him threatened in this drama. Marcus (Sam Louwyck) works as a maintenance man for a Belgian power company, keeping lines and electrical towers in repair ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, family relations, family life, parents and children, workplace, unfulfillment, human nature, love, father daughter relationship, accident, working class, life is a bitch ...
Place: belgium, europe
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47%
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The Flaxfield (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In a part of Flanders where flax is the main crop, farmer Vermeulen rules his estate like an 'old school' patriarch, stern and authoritarian, nobody else's word is ever taken seriously, just scolded fools, he rather risks being wrong ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: estrangement, farm, family relations, power relations, family in crisis, parents and children, family life, countryside, village life, human nature, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, belgium
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46%
She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A tale of deliverance. Laura, 27 years old, lives alone in the outskirts of a large town. She learns that her father is in a coma, after a serious car accident. She decides to visit him at the hospital as a last opportunity to settle old scores, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: hospital, haunted by the past, introspection, sexual abuse, family relations, estrangement, hopes, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, revenge, family secret, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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43%
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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, emotional, touching, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, child as adult, youth, family problems, family relations, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Me and You (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An introverted teenager tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: isolation, youth, teenage life, estrangement, dysfunctional family, addiction, parents and children, confined, dishonesty, life is a bitch, family problems, heroin addict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Dust (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A South African spinster (Jane Birkin) murders her father (Trevor Howard) after he rapes the wife of the black foreman for his plantation.
Style: bleak, emotional, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, strong female presence, graphic violence, interracial relations, obsession, sexual abuse, parents and children, boss and employee, farm, family relations, power relations, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Hell (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three sisters share a connection to a violent incident from their childhood reunite to for the chance to come to terms with their past.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, non-linear ...
Plot: false accusation, sister sister relationship, haunted by the past, mysterious character, family problems, parents and children, family relations, estrangement, disability, childhood trauma, mother daughter relationship, male female relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Love Belongs to Everyone (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Shy, gentle half-wit Dennis, whose only obsession is train-spotting, is released early on account of good behavior after a rape sentence. His parents who run a modest barbershop, skeptic André and Rita, desperately try to keep him out of girl ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: mentally challenged, family relations, parents and children, forced into action, life is a bitch, hopes, misfit, rehabilitation, society, jail, punishment, beating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Sins of the Mother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shay is a young African-American college student whom is forced to take a year off from school to return to her hometown where she struggles with her anger and insecurity when she's forced to confront her alcoholic mother, Nona, whom is ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching
Plot: college, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, parents and children, estrangement, life is a bitch, single parent, alcohol abuse, mother daughter relationship, african american ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: human nature, hospital, disability, parents and children, self discovery, estrangement, single parent, teenage life, hopes, redemption, family relations, suffering ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, germany, europe, norway, berlin germany ...
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The Hanged Man (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two lovers break the law and struggle to stay together when carnal obsession causes tempers to flare.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: rape, blackmail, haunted by the past, young lovers, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, teenager, mystery, love, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: spain
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30%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, family problems, mental institution, parents and children, drug abuse, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, power relations, drugs/alcohol, family relations, mentally unstable ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, youth, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, introspection, family problems, obsessive quest, single parent, coming of age, godparent, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, france, lyon
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, sincere, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, family in crisis, family problems, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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29%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, elderly, hopes, estrangement, family problems, introspection, parents and children, countryside, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Crackie (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Life on the Rock never seemed easy, but for Mitsy it is especially rough. The teenager has been abandoned by her mother, a particularly unfit parent prone to both the bottle and the sex trade. She is left to be brought up by her mercurial ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: sexual abuse, parents and children, teenage life, dysfunctional family, prostitute, single parent, youth, estrangement, family problems, family relations, small town life, absent mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
All Is Forgiven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor lives in Vienna with Annette, his beautiful Austrian wife and their daughter Pamela. It’s spring. Fleeing his work, Victor spends his days outside: he plays with Pamela, pays a visit to Annette’s parents, loiters in the park with the drug ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, crumbling marriage, family problems, family relations, addiction, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family crisis, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: teenage life, family life, parents and children, family problems, single parent, youth, love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, estrangement, farm, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, touching, serious, sexual, sexy
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, family problems, dysfunctional family, family life, single parent, friendship, human nature, love and romance, disgraced, youth, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new england, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: sincere, serious, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: nanny, dysfunctional family, politics, crumbling marriage, babies and infants, family relations, down on your luck, unfulfillment, parents and children, single parent, youth, power relations ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Things Behind the Sun (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Now that Itzhak's father is in a coma, and dying, Itzhak is finally willing to visit him, thus breaking a ten-year silence. During his visits to the hospital, Itzhak, a beaten and reserved man, is frustrated to find himself neglected by his own ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, siblings relations, family life, grandfather granddaughter relationship, hospital, coma, husband wife relationship, family secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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In Mom's Head (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lulu's mother is depressed and has been as far back as she can remember, Lulu is determined to discover the truth behind her listlessness.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, life is a bitch, youth, love and romance, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, secret, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious, sincere
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, best friends, society, life is a bitch, coming of age, dysfunctional family, civil war, teenage life, parents and children, youth, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia, caucasus, asia, tbilisi ...
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25%