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Approved for Adoption (2012)
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Approved for Adoption (2012)
Original name: Couleur de peau : Miel
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: This remarkable animated documentary traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meet his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: orphan, self discovery, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, hopes, introspection, homecoming, adoption, parent child relationship, adopted son, part animation, performer's life, artists and showbiz, school, child, family relations, korean war, foster child, theft, abandoned baby, kiss, korean, drawing, bow and arrow, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, seoul

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, touching, stylized and realistic films with plots about friendship, youth, hopes, family relations, self discovery, coming of age and friends mostly in Animation, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Approved for Adoption: A Room and a Half (2009), Tatsumi (2011), When Marnie Was There (2014), Vincent (1987), Glitch in the Grid (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Room and a Half (2009)
Genre: Animation, Biography
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
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Style: sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, surreal, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, rebelliousness, introspection, writer's life, hopes, homecoming, archive footage, cold war, leaving home, artists and showbiz, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 80s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: usa, russia
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Tatsumi (2011)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, stylized, serious, contemplative
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Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 369
Vincent (1987)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
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Plot: art, performer's life, obsession, family relations, rise and fall, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, prodigy, tragic hero, artists and showbiz, bipolar disorder
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
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Style: experimental, contemplative, psychological, sincere, atmospheric ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Country: Canada
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Style: stylized, touching, feel good, serious
Audience: kids, family outing
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day - The Movie (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A year has passed since Menma's ghostly return to the Super Peace Busters. Although the time they spent together during that summer was short, the five members reminisce about what happened as they each write a letter to their lost friend.
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, stylized, touching ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Painting (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Three characters living in an unfinished painting venture out into the real world in search of their creator to convince him to finish his work.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, clever ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Art of Happiness (2013)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.8
 74K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.0
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Country: France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 78 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, captivating, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 5.0
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 321
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 280
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45%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.1
 165K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Style: touching, emotional, scenic, sad, romantic ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
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Duration: 80 min.
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Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, surreal, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.6
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Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, sad, compassionate ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.4
 148
The Toe Tactic (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
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Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, surreal, offbeat
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: thought provoking, touching, sentimental, exciting, sincere ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 3K
$9.99 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Israel, Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms ...
Style: adult animation, surreal, humorous, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%