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Following Rosa (2008)
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Following Rosa (2008)
Original name: Santa Mesa
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 photographs an anonymous woman when suddenly, these seemingly disconnected lives collide.
Style: sentimental, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: orphan, gang, haunted by the past, youth, family problems, teaching the ways of the world, life turned upside down, death in the family, bittersweet, kids in trouble, power relations, train, billiards, street gang, car accident, immigrants, grandmother grandson relationship, railway station, train tracks
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and gloomy films with plots about family problems, youth, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, death in the family and teenage life mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Following Rosa: Camp (2013), Five Star (2014), Sugar (2013), Dummy (2008), Bullet Boy (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Camp (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: summer camp, child abuse, kids in trouble, friendship, youth, dysfunctional family, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, camp counselor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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95%
 5.4
 526
Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, haunted by the past, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, society, crime, manhood, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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89%
 5.9
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Sugar (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A 20-year-old homeless girl is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Hollywood and Venice beach.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: haunted by the past, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, homeless, street life, orphan, survival, life is a bitch, beach, 20 year old, hollywood
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: venice, texas, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Dummy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A coming of age drama about two young brothers whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their mother dies suddenly, leaving them to fend for themselves. While Danny loses himself in music, sex and drugs, his younger brother Jack transforms a life ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, humorous, gloomy
Plot: kids in trouble, teenage life, youth, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, death in the family, brother brother relationship, coming of age, death of mother, dealing with death, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.5
 2K
Bullet Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ricky is just out of a young offenders institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom against a local ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, social decay, friendship, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, going straight, family problems, teenage life, dysfunctional family, gang, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Rails & Ties (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: orphan, train, train wreck, family relations, friendship, terminal illness, family problems, unfulfillment, single parent, suicidal, collision, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Torn (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Two families bond when their teenage sons are killed in an explosion at a suburban mall only to discover one of their children is the prime suspect.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: life turned upside down, police investigation, family problems, family in crisis, dishonesty, parents and children, family relations, shopping mall, death in the family, explosion, suburbs, dealing with death
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Hear No Evil (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A freak accident jolts 15 year-old Shelby Carson (Jahnee Wallace) from her peaceful world of silence and seclusion to the center of a world of chaos, confusion and imminent danger. As she struggles to cope with her new found circumstances, Shelby ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, suspenseful, serious
Plot: teenage life, life turned upside down, danger, mute or deaf, family in crisis, youth, miraculous event, family problems, misfit, school, disorder, imaginary
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Fifteen-year-old Matteo is attractive, albeit somewhat girlish and frail. The whole world is against him. He has no friends and his parents seem to live in a different universe. The pressure increases as his awkward attempts to win his father’s ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: teenage life, rebelliousness, gang, juvenile delinquency, rebellion, dysfunctional family, realism, family problems, crimes, youth, rehabilitation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Picture of You (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they make a discovery that turns their world upside-down. A Picture of You is a serious movie ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: siblings relations, family problems, family relations, life turned upside down, estrangement, death in the family, bittersweet, dealing with death, countryside, east asian lead, packing, death of mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 978
The Future (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Chile, Germany, Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When their parents die, Bianca starts to smoke and Tomas is still a virgin. The orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca finds Maciste, a retired Mr. Universe, and enters his dark mansion in search of a future.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, juvenile delinquency, family problems, destructive relationship, strong sexual content, danger, youth, death in the family, moral dilemma, adolescence vs adulthood, siblings relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Devil in the Skin (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Coming-of-Age drama telling the story of the strong bond between Xavier and his little brother Jacques and their struggle to remain together despite all odds.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: youth, rebelliousness, forceful separation, family relations, life turned upside down, countryside, brother brother relationship, summer, siblings relations, coming of age, brother, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, introspection, family problems, youth, orphan, society, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, self discovery, family, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Knife That Killed Me (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A journey through the memories of teenager Paul Varderman as he reflects on the events leading to the fatal moment his life is cut short. Paul moves to a new school and becomes involved with 'The Freaks', a group on the periphery of school ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, bleak ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Fatherless (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: They never expected Kyra to turn up again. The two brothers and their sister, brought together when their father dies, are stunned by the appearance of their sister.Kyra suddenly vanished over twenty years ago during the breakup of the hippie ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zelly and Me (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young orphan who lives with her grandmother in a large Virginian home infatuates herself with the voices of Joan d'Arc. Her French nanny seeks out the help of a rich suitor to take her and the orphan away when she realizes that the ...
Style: twists and turns, sentimental, touching, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: nanny, betrayal, orphan, coming of age, family relations, adoption, child in peril, bittersweet, young heroes, youth, society, mentally challenged ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: southern usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 875
Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: gang, redemption, coming of age, youth, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, family problems, estrangement, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 4.8
 728
Guilty Hearts (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Over the course of this drama's six separate stories, a variety of couples struggle with the infidelity, dishonesty and heartbreak that plagues their varied pasts. In overcoming their challenges, these diverse individuals embrace a brighter ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: looking for love, couples, redemption, haunted by the past, infidelity, love and romance, couple relations, friendship, friends, bittersweet, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 22
Refuge (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The lives of a Hollywood actress battling drug addiction, a teen with a violent past, a teacher fighting to keep a dream alive, and a cop caught in a love triangle are brought together by fate.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, touching, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, haunted by the past, hopes, addiction, dedicated educator, youth, redemption, high school life, love, hiding place
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 3K
Lullaby (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: mercy killing, terminal illness, family problems, estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, cancer, death in the family, estranged family member, profanity, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 311
Snow in August (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a world filled with hatred, their only hope was magic. Believe and anything can happen.
Style: touching, sentimental, atmospheric, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, friendship, racism, injustice, gang, human spirit, rabbi, youth, vengeance, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society ...
Place: czech republic, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.4
 162
1 Out of 7 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Runaway teen Lexi find herself alone and pregnant on the streets. Seemingly beyond hope, she must turn to Devon, a woman with her own demons, to help her find a way back from her past mistakes.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, sincere, bleak
Audience: kids
Plot: life is a bitch, kids in trouble, teenage life, homeless, pregnancy, society, youth, family problems, dysfunctional family, love, urban ghetto life, escape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.3
 2K
Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: teenage life, friendship, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, dealing with death, youth, friends, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Blind Intersections (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three protagonists, one city, different backgrounds: Nour, India and Marwan pass each other but they never meet, though the effect of one incident will drastically alter their lives. Caught in a moment, their lives fall apart in just a matter of ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, non-linear, gloomy
Plot: life turned upside down, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, destiny, family problems, down on your luck, death in the family, multiple storylines, drug abuse, marriage, car accident, lebanese ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: lebanon, middle east, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.2
 89
Emoticon ;) (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Elena Gallenti is an anthropology graduate student struggling to complete her thesis on 'modern means of communication.' All that changes when she meets her new boyfriend's teenage kids, who are going through their own journeys of ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, contemplative, serious
Plot: family relations, self discovery, human nature, couple relations, profanity, bittersweet, teaching the ways of the world, love and romance, society, sexual content, power relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Children of Invention (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: family problems, single parent, working class, siblings relations, parents and children, youth, society, family relations, eviction, suburbs, bittersweet, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 648
Abel's Field (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) is a high school senior with an especially full plate. Not only must he navigate the usual social and academic pitfalls of high school, but he has to contend with his young twin sisters, serving as de facto parent in the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: orphan, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, school, absent father, fight, belief in god, responsibility, power relations, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Journey Through China (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Liliane, a provincial nurse in her peaceful fifties, must cope with the accidental death of her son in China. She decides to fly there in order to repatriate the body. This mourning journey will soon turn out to be a trip of discovery of her son ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: self discovery, estrangement, hopes, uncover truth, dealing with death, bittersweet, death in the family, journey, estranged son, language barrier, funeral, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Dark Side of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two brothers on different life paths, a gay waiter with a crush on an eligible bachelor and a drug addict in a twisted dependent relationships with his girlfriend, reunite to mourn the death of their mother.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, death in the family, addiction, estrangement, life is a bitch, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, gender, gays and lesbians, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%