Movies like Where the Spirit Lives

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Where the Spirit Lives (1989)
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Where the Spirit Lives (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1937, a young First Nations (Canadian native) girl named Ashtecome is kidnapped along with several other children from a village as part of a deliberate Canadian policy to force First Nations children to abandon their culture in order to be assimilated into white Canadian/British society. She is taken to a boarding school where she is forced to adopt Western Euro-centric ways and learn English, often under brutal treatment. Only one sympathetic white teacher who is more and more repelled by this bigotry offers her any help from among the staff. That, with her force of will, Ashtecome (forced to take the name Amelia) is determined to hold on to her identity and that of her siblings, who were also abducted.
Plot: native american, boarding school, school, racism, child abuse, culture clash
Place: canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about native american, society, family relations, youth, racism, boarding school and coming of age mostly in Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Where the Spirit Lives: Lost in the Barrens (1990), The Chosen Ones (2014), Naturally Native (1998), Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis (2006), The Education of Little Tree (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Lost in the Barrens (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of two very different boys in the Canadian wilderness. They must learn to depend on each other in order to survive.
Plot: bear attack, wilderness, survival, mountain, bear, lost, friendship between boys, native american, train
Place: canada
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The Chosen Ones (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the late 70s, young Petra Grust begins teaching at the progressive Odenwald School. She is flattered by the trust placed in her by its widely respected headmaster Simon Pistorius. But gradually certain incidents at the boarding school begin to ...
Plot: child abuse, boarding school, boy, whistleblower, overalls, gay, suicide, kiss, suicide attempt
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56%
Naturally Native (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Naturally Native follows the lives, loves, pain, joy and relationships of three sisters as they attempt to start their own business. Of American Indian ancestry, but adopted by white foster parents as young children, each sister has her own identity ...
Plot: native american, racism, female director, family, cosmetics, sister sister relationship, female protagonist
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49%
Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
TV show
Story: Fictional portrayal of 'The Summer of 1990' in Kanehsatake: the major conflict between a Mohawk community and the Canadian and Quebec governments - over the expansion of a golf course into an aboriginal cemetery.
Plot: native american, crisis, mohawk, civil rights
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, quebec
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49%
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The Education of Little Tree (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life.
Style: touching, uplifting, scenic, melancholic, feel good ...
Plot: culture clash, starting over, society, racism, grandfather grandson relationship, native american, orphan, coming of age, life, courage, segregation, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: appalachia, tokyo
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41%
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Fish Hawk (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A hardened and embittered man turns his life around with the help of a farm boy in this uplifting family tale. Down on his luck and dependent on booze, Native American Fish Hawk (Will Sampson) changes his fate when he accepts a job hunting down a ...
Plot: native american, wilderness, dog, nature, redemption, friendship, sadness, bear, bar, dignity, farm, alcohol abuse
Time: turn of the century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Sitting in Limbo (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The National Film Board of Canada was one of the guiding forces behind Sitting in Limbo. Fabian Gibbs plays a black Montreal college student forced to leave school when his girlfriend Pat Dillon becomes pregnant. Gibbs resents this interruption in ...
Plot: black, teenage pregnancy, racism, poverty
Place: montreal, montreal quebec, canada
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37%
Recommendation for Mercy (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, a 14 year-old boy is accused of raping and murdering a little girl
Style: based on true events
Plot: rape, court, teenager, murder, rape accusation
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Lotus Eaters (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set off the West Coast of Canada in 1965, a hip new teacher with a miniskirt and lots of ideas turns a small town upside down. The soft autumn light of Galiano Island is beautifully rendered in writer/producer Peggy Thompson's The Lotus ...
Plot: teacher, mine, extramarital affair, island, teenage pregnancy, pig, boat
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Green Chain (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The battle between loggers and environmentalists is defining, dividing and destroying communities in Canada and around the world. The Green Chain is a powerful, funny and thought-provoking film about the people who love trees.
Style: realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: environmentalism, family business, society, battles, family relations, in the woods, monologue, native american, forest, environmental issues, protest, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Calla Lily (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An experimental drama, Melanie, who was drugged and raped in college. Now ten years later, she is in an abusive relationship and has a child. A chance encounter with someone from her past leads her to re-evaluate her past.
Style: avant garde, experimental
Plot: puzzle, school, surrealism, flowers, hidden identity, handheld camera, sex scene, rape, single mother
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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31%
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Ambrosia (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Ambrosia is the story of an Iranian-Canadian couple, Ali and Leila, who dream of an exciting future in Vancouver: Ali owns a pizza shop and thinks of expanding and Leila is an up-and-coming clothing designer. However, their situations change ...
Plot: female director, lgbt, lesbian kiss, lesbian, seamstress, pregnancy
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
This Time Forever (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young American hockey player, studying in Canada on a hockey scholarship, falls in love while risking his scholarship and the prospect of the Vietnam war draft.
Plot: vietnam war, college, ice hockey, presumed dead, injury, hockey, pregnancy, reunion, single mother, wheelchair, struggle, hospital ...
Place: montreal, canada, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Conquest (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: British-Canadian light romantic comedy film set in a dying Saskatchewan town. Bank branch manager, Pincer Bedier, dreams of reviving the town when one day a beautiful young woman's car breaks down and she becomes stranded until it can be ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Black Cloud (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: native american, boxer, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, human spirit, self discovery, society, hopes, racism, love, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, arizona, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Another Planet (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young women unsure of her cultural heritage, arrives in rural Quebec, Canada.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: farm, immigrants, culture clash, down on your luck, parents and children, starting over, self discovery, discrimination, family problems, family relations, homecoming, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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28%
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Denmark, Greenland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the journal of Knud Rasmussen's "Great Sled Journey" of 1922 across arctic Canada. The film is shot from the perspective of the Inuit, showing their traditional beliefs and lifestyle. It tells the story of the last great ...
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, touching ...
Plot: shaman, inuit, culture clash, village, family relations, religions or cults, clergy, couples, society, hopes, tradition, spirit ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Climax (amenaza en las aulas) (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Ana is a young girl with the same problems as any girl her age.
Style: erotic
Plot: boarding school, erotica, politics, schoolgirl, sex, female nudity, female full frontal nudity, drugging, bare breasts, lesbian sex, sex scene, politician ...
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Pit Pony (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Canada, 1901. Willie MacLean is a 10-year-old boy with a love for horses and liking to school to cape the difficult times his family has. Willie's stern, but benevolent father is a coal miner in a local mine along with ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, epic, social
Plot: pony, parents and children, coming of age, youth, hopes, family, dangerous animal, follow your dream, society, teenage life, school, family life ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 90s
Place: canada, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Ship of fools (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a small town in Patagonia (Southern Argentina), a Mapuche Indian chief sets a tourist complex under construction on fire. He denies all attempts to defend himself. Locked up, he waits for the arrival of "Caleuche," the Ship (Nave) of ...
Plot: arson, courtroom, native american, american indian, indian burial ground, burial ground, cemetery, colonization
Place: argentina
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27%
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Little Men (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, two street kids from Boston find themselves at Plumfield, a rural boarding school run by Jo and her husband -- and they soon learn academic and life lessons they won't ever forget.
Style: feel good, uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: boarding school, orphan, family relations, society, youth, power relations, school, family life, boarding school life, kids in trouble, homelessness, smoking ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Looking for Angelina (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Looking for Angelina is based on one of the most important murder trials in Canada. Angelina Napolitano murdered her husband with an axe and was sentenced to be executed...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, canadian, courtroom, trial, legal action, murderer
Place: canada, ontario canada
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26%
Striker's Mountain (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, West Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A construction conglomerate, headed by a ruthless millionaire, wants to buy a ski resort that has been a family business for years, but the family does not want to sell. The businessman resolves to get the property, whether they want to sell it or ...
Plot: helicopter, mountain, snow, ski resort, resort, skiing
Place: canada
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25%
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The Lesser Blessed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Larry, a 16-year-old Tlicho Indian, lives in the small northern town of Fort Simmer. He loves heavy metal music and has a crush on his classmate, the high school's hottie, Juliet Hope. Larry's past holds a variety of terrors—his father ...
Style: stylized, sincere, serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, youth, friendship between boys, teen romance, bullying, small town, heavy metal, female director, broken nose, high school teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Black Mud (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A coming of age story about two orphaned brothers who travel cross country to the Alberta oil sands in search of a new life. Along the way, they learn to depend on one another, but tensions grow as money gets tight. On the brink of giving up, Alex, ...
Plot: two brothers, global warming, father son relationship, job seeking
Place: canada
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25%
John A.: Birth of a Country (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A riveting political thriller starring Shawn Doyle (John A. Macdonald), Peter Outerbridge (George Brown) and David LaHaye (George-Etienne Cartier) and set during the struggles that take Canada from colony to country.
Plot: drunkenness, british colonial, queen victoria
Time: 1860s, 1800s, 1870s
Place: canada
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23%
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The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: sincere, disturbing, serious, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, violence, uncover truth, interracial relations, police investigation, murder, vandalism, society, life is a bitch, law enforcement, crimes, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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23%
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests of the 1960s and becomes sensitized to the injustices that society inflicts on her people. She aids the Lakota in their struggle for their ...
Plot: native american, massacre, protest, injustice, mine, politics, civil rights, american indian, interracial relations
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Something About Love (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Wally Olynyk (Stefan Wodoslawsky) returns home to the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia in this somber drama. After years of living in Los Angeles, he hopes to attend his high-school reunion and visit with his father Stan (Jan Rubes). Stan is the ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: alzheimer's disease, father son relationship, mortician, high school reunion
Place: los angeles, nova scotia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Tree with Pink Leaves (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Little Marco suffers from his parents' divorce. He runs away from home and is hit by a car. He drags on but eventually dies under a tree with pink leaves, remembering a story his grandmother told him.
Plot: father son relationship, hit and run, divorce, runaway, school, dysfunctional family, family crisis, coming of age, boy, marital separation, tragedy, sexual exploration ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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