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This Is England '88 (2011)
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This Is England '88 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Set during Christmas 1988, Lol is haunted by the devastating events that took place two and a half years before. She and Woody both find themselves struggling to cope with their lives without each other after he leaves the gang. Lol is carrying the burden of her guilt, whilst Woody is trying to build a domestic life with a new girlfriend and a potential promotion at work. Shaun has started drama college and, although still in a relationship with Smell, he has grown close to a girl performing in his Christmas play.
Style: touching, rough, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: christmas, gang, friendship, holiday, life is a bitch, love and romance, coping, christianity, misfit, realism, society, responsibility, party, friends, girlfriend, social problems, hopes, urban, troubled, suffering, drugs/alcohol, abuse, counterculture, sexual activity, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and gloomy films and TV series with plots about society, crimes, life is a bitch, friends, crime, friendship and family relations mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like This Is England '88: Boon (1986), Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), Awaydays (2009), City of Men (2002), The Professionals (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
This Is England '90 (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
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Story: Following on from This Is England ’86 and ‘88, this much-anticipated final chapter finds the gang embracing the rave scene of a new decade. But the utter hilarity and unadulterated joy of the second ‘summer of love’ soon gives way to a war ...
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Place: england, yorkshire, manchester
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This Is England '86 (2010)
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Duration: 47 min.
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Story: This Is England '86 is a 2010 British drama miniseries written by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne, a spin-off from the 2006 film This Is England. Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid ...
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Duration: 60 min.
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