Movies like Grandmother 2009

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Grandmother (2009)
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Grandmother (2009)
Original name: Lola
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Philippines
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Lola Sepa's grandson has been killed by a cell phone snatcher. Despite being devastated by the sudden violence, she must bear the burden of making the funeral arrangements. She and her family are poor, and there is not enough money for the coffin nor the legal pursuit against the suspected murderer. But the elderly woman is ready to even seek a bank loan to assure both a proper burial and justice for her beloved grandson. Lola Puring is committed to getting her grandson Mateo out of jail, although he has been accused of senselessly murdering Lola Sepa's grandson. But the poor aged woman doesn't have the bail money. Each time she visits her grandson in prison to bring him proper meals, it breaks her heart to see him wasting away behind bars with countless others. At the first court hearing, the two grandmothers must face one another. Both frail and poor, each is determined to do everything necessary for her grandson. The future of the case is dependent on grandmotherly love...
Style: sincere, sentimental, rough, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy, entertaining
Plot: murder, life is a bitch, elderly, crimes, dysfunctional family, family problems, family in crisis, unfulfillment, golden years, bail bondsman, justice, grandmother, suspect, flood, poverty, jail, grandson, criminal, grandmother grandson relationship, best friends, down on your luck, lawyer, police, train, church ...
Time: 2000s
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children and society mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Grandmother: Adela (2008), Glassland (2014), Since Otar Left (2003), Mississippi Damned (2009), Pandora's Box (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Adela (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Adela, (Philippines' screen legend Anita Linda) a former radio personality, celebrates her 80th birthday. Alone, and without support, she longs for the family and stability of years gone by. Mundane events take on heightened meaning as Adela ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: elderly, realism, human spirit, society, aging, golden years, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, loneliness, slum, cemetery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia
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Glassland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, moral dilemma, unlikely criminals, addiction, life is a bitch, family problems, youth, family relations, family in crisis, crimes, society, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland
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Since Otar Left (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Georgia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: protecting from truth, generation gap, human nature, elderly, life is a bitch, parents and children, society, loss of child, family problems, dealing with death, mother daughter relationship, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, usa, russia ...
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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, siblings relations, down on your luck, strong female presence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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52%
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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: 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
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50%
Blood and Bones (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1923, the young Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island (South Korea), to Osaka (Japan). Through the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko (processed seafood products) in his poor Korean-Japanese ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, ambition, gang, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, obsession, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, loan ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 80s
Place: japan, asia
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Never Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Chayo returns to her hometown to care for her elderly mother and cope with her death. Surrounded by love and sublime beauty, Chayo has to give up something that as a woman and mother is inalienable. That will be the price of her freedom.
Style: touching, atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, family problems, elderly, golden years, unfulfillment, homecoming, death in the family, tradition, female protagonist, day of the dead, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, Austria
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A boy returns home from the institution where he grew up, but finds he is not welcome there. He fights to win the love of his family but ends up murdering them.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, tense, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, family in danger, family problems, reunion, crimes, homecoming, deadly, danger, murder, love
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
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The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Harrison Montgomery (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a rundown apartment complex in San Francisco's Tenderloin, a septuagenarian seer is waiting for his final message. For decades the eccentric recluse has chronicled the phrases of the Wheel of Fortune and deciphered their hidden meaning - the ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, disturbing ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Following Rosa (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Following his mother's death, Hector arrives in Manila to live with his grandmother. Unable to speak Tagalog, Hector falls in with a street gang before a photographer takes him under his wing. Haunted by memories of his mother, Hector ...
Style: sentimental, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: orphan, gang, haunted by the past, youth, life turned upside down, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, death in the family, bittersweet, kids in trouble, power relations, train tracks ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Slovenia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Burdened by memories of their late father, three sisters struggle to escape the suffocating environment of the dying town of Veles. A contemporary story of urban decay, „Jas sum od Titov Veles“ employs a stark realism to depict the vivid ...
Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, dysfunctional family, society, daydreamer, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, adult virgin, small town, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
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Sunlight Jr. (2013)
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Duration: 90 min.
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Life in a Fishbowl (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Three tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another. A young writer whose career is skyrocketing finds himself in a stormy marriage. He divorces his wife after the death of their daughter, shuts himself from the outside world and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, psychological ...
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Place: iceland
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34%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
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34%
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: rough, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
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34%
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia, Italy
Duration: 75 min.
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Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
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34%
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Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, parents and children, human nature, culture clash, single parent, youth, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Something Like Happiness (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Over the course of a year, in a small town scarred and beaten down by industrialization, Tonda and Monika, friends since childhood, come to experience what life might be like if they could be with one another – which they seemingly can't. Or ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, sentimental ...
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34%
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A Rumor of Angels (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
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33%
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Balancing Act (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, touching, psychological, tense ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, breakup, family problems, life is a bitch, couples, unfulfillment, downfall, down on your luck, job seeking, adultery, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Death of a Salesman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make ...
Style: emotional, psychological, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy ...
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Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Canvas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, melancholic, rough ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mental illness, family relations, family in crisis, couple relations, family problems, parents and children, teenage life, dysfunctional family, single parent, working class, hospital ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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A Perfect Son (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man's terminal illness reunites him with his estranged brother.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, gay, drug abuse, unfulfillment, haunted by the past, family in crisis, death in the family, brother brother relationship, family relations, estrangement, death of father ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.0
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Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family problems, overdose, introspection, family in crisis, hopes, social relations, estrangement, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Family Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Frédérick, the patriarch of the Alsatian Muller family, is conspicuously absent from his son Charles' funeral, Frédérick's surviving son and his granddaughter, raw from their loss, await an explanation. Once revealed, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: deportation, family relations, coming out, haunted by the past, introspection, hopes, aging, family problems, death in the family, gender, bittersweet, elderly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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