Movies like Palunku

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Palunku (2006)
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Palunku (2006)
Original name: പളുങ്ക്
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Story: Monichan shifts to the city from his village to provide better education to his children. But will things go as planned?
Style: sad
Plot: children, village, school, family relations, child abuse, city, lottery, money lender, literacy, malayalam

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out sad, captivating, serious and disturbing films with plots about children, family relations, malayalam, child abuse, school, village and girl mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like Palunku: Thanmathra (2005), Ramdhanu-The Rainbow (2014), Madambi (2008), Kaiyoppu (2007), Evergreen Tree (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Thanmathra (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: A man leading a happy life with his loving wife and two children suddenly starts getting forgetful and lost. Then, he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease leaving his family devastated.
Style: captivating, psychological, sad, touching
Plot: family, father son relationship, family problems, kids and family, lifestyle change, changing lives, lifestyle, family relations, student, alzheimer's disease, husband wife relationship, malayalam ...
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Ramdhanu-The Rainbow (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Mitali was a worried mother. This time, once again, her 5 year old son Gogol had failed to pass the admission test in a reputed school. Mitali was determined to get her son admitted into a reputed school. Gogol loved the song of birds, the flight of ...
Audience: kids
Plot: education, school, children, female director
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Madambi (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In a village named Ilavattam there lives a man by the name of Gopalakrishna Pillai. He is a man with diverse qualities. Basically he is a moneylender, but not the avaricious kind. He lends money at very low interest-rates but makes it a point to get ...
Plot: money, bank, banker, village, suicide, debt, sibling relationship, brother brother relationship, marriage, money lender, brother brother conflict, malayalam
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Kaiyoppu (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A amateur writer who seems to have nothing to live for, finds himself as the only hope of three people.
Plot: writer's block, poem, publishing, police station, novelist, writers, bomb, passion, cell phone, malayalam, book
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Evergreen Tree (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yeong-shin (played by the Choi Eun-hee–Shin Sang-ok’s wife) and Dong-hyeok (Shin Yeong-gyun) graduate from college with a cause. They plan to bring education and modernization to farmers living in the rural area of their birth. When they arrive, ...
Plot: poverty, school, suffering, teacher, death of loved one, illiteracy, education, village, children, school teacher, money problems, countryside ...
Place: south korea
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54%
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Agnus Dei (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The young girl Johanne is left by her mother at a solemn convent school. The school is a strange world to her, and when she feels unable to comply with the demands of faith she faces a difficult decision.
Plot: children, school, catholicism, girl, religion, nun, convent, female nudity, menstruation, breasts, topless girl, female full frontal nudity
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Mela (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Govindan Kutty (Raghu) is a clown who works in the circus. He comes to his village looking for a bride. Sharada (Anjali Naidu) is impressed by his charms and seemingly rich lifestyle and agrees to marry him. When they reach back the circus after ...
Plot: circus, clown, stuntman, dwarf, suicide, attraction, malayalam
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Meesa Madhavan (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Madhavan (Dileep) is a clever thief who does robbery for a living. He is following the principles of his mentor Mullani Pappan (Mala Aravindan). Meesa Madhavan got his name by the popular saying that if Madhavan rolls his Mustache (Meesa in ...
Plot: thief, village, bicycle, money lender, frame up, police inspector, malayalam, moustache, neck brace, rifle
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Vidheyan (1994)
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Country: India
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: cult film
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Majhli Didi (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Bipinchandra breaks family tradition by marrying a city girl, Hemangini, much to the chagrin of his sister-in-law, Kadambini, and her husband, Navinchandra. Things are delicate even after both women give birth to two children each. Then Hemangini ...
Plot: indians, affection, family relations, lawyer, brother brother relationship, court, greed, courtroom, orphan, testimony, old man, village ...
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47%
Just Like at Home (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man and a kid are discovering beauty in life.
Plot: father daughter relationship, children, surrogate father, family relations, getting home, girl man relationship, dog, girl, infatuation, hungarian, female director
Place: hungary
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Kick-Off (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A group of students with varying family backgrounds begin to question their lives and the hypocritical values of their corrupt socialist society. Their decision to follow their own ideals brings them in disrepute with those closest to them. Their ...
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Untitled Lal Jose Movie (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Against his wishes, 'Cuba' Mukundan (Sreenivasan) goes to Dubai to make good his father's alleged misappropriation of funds from the local cooperative bank. It is there that he learns the true meaning of the term 'working ...
Style: political
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Child's Play (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, sad, captivating, sincere, erotic ...
Plot: pedophilia, traumatic childhood, art, innocence lost, eccentric family, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, mother daughter conflict, female photographer, bad mother, children, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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38%
 7.3
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Aurore (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After the sudden death of her mother, Aurore Gagnon is abused by her disturbed step-mother as her town remains in the silence followed by her death. Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, art house, depressing ...
Plot: stepdaughter, stepmother, child abuse, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch, society, family relations, parents and children, hidden truth, physical abuse, court, abuse ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: quebec, canada
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38%
Trapped In Silence (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Gregorio (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 87 min.
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37%
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Spring (1971)
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Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
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37%
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36%
Maria Montessori: una vita per i bambini (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
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Place: italy
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35%
 7.5
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Minnaram (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Bobby (Mohanlal) is about to marry Tina (Anju) when his old college girlfriend Nina (Shobhana) arrives with a baby that she claims is his child. Tina’s father calls off the wedding and Bobby eventually prepares to accept Nina. Fate, however, has ...
Style: sad
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Children of Iron (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Rikutaro and Mariko are in the same grade at an elementary school. They become brother and sister after Rikutaro's mother and Mariko’s father marry. After their marriage, the children become upset because they are teased by their classmates, ...
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34%
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Untamed Love (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A badly abused girl of 6 is saved from having to be admitted to an institution by a dedicated Special Education teacher whose class she's been placed in until there is an opening in the hospital. In that time they form a strong bond and the ...
Plot: abuse, children, child abuse, youth, depression, psychological abuse, neglected child, courtroom, physical abuse, anger, father daughter relationship, disturbed child ...
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34%
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Peranbu (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A single father tries to raise his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, even as she is beginning to wake up to her sexuality.
Style: mad
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Time: 2010s
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33%
 8.4
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Dasharatham (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 154 min.
Story: This is one of the cult classic film of Mohanlal. A. K. Lohithadas won Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Script Writer. The movie is partly adapted from the Korean movie The Surrogate Woman.
Style: sad
Plot: surrogate mother, compassion, baby, alcoholic, adoption, pregnancy, artificial insemination, malayalam, kidney transplant
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An 11 year old girl accuses her father of incest.
Plot: child abuse, incest, anal rape, father daughter incest, liar, court, father daughter relationship, accusation, repressed memory, children, woman in danger, boy ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Fallen Angel (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Twelve year old Jennifer is unhappy with her widowed mom's relationship with a family friend. Feeling lonely, she readily accepts the friendship of an adult man named Howie and joins the softball team he coaches. Soon, Howie is convincing ...
Plot: pedophile, pedophilia, adolescence, age difference, children, hell, child abuse, mother daughter relationship, child in peril, child pornography, pornographer
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenage mother is forced to give up her baby for adoption and, 19 years later, when she tries to contact her son, she learns that he died, under questionable circumstances when he was three years old.
Plot: abuse, children, lifetime, teenager, adoption, child abuse, abusive mother, death of child, female protagonist, black panties, lingerie, panties ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%