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Under the Skin of the City (2001)
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Under the Skin of the City (2001)
Original name: زیر پوست شهر
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Tuba works daily at a grueling textile factory in Iran, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly; a teenage son, who's been getting into trouble due to his burgeoning career in radical politics; and an older son who goes to great lengths--such as attempting to sell the family's meager house--in order to get an engineering job in Japan as a means of getting out of Iran.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, exciting, suspense
Plot: politics, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, introspection, factory worker, youth, family relations, drug dealing, parents and children, injustice, family life, family problems, factory, human nature, couples, working class, pregnancy, society, urban, immigrants, radical, city life, innocence lost, domestic disturbance, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, iran

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, society and life is a bitch mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Under the Skin of the City: Mainline (2006), Tales (2014), Zion and His Brother (2009), Face (2002), Something Like Happiness (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, rehabilitation, drug abuse, addiction, parents and children, family relations, lovers apart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iran
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Tales (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: society, love, multiple storylines, everyday life, family relations, couples, friendship, down on your luck, social misfits, life is a bitch, female director, vignette ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
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Zion and His Brother (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zion, aged 14 and his brother Meir, 17, are facing a crisis in their relationship after a terrible accident. They keep the secret to themselves and it haunts them until, finally, Zion re-examines his loyalty towards his older brother and decides ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth, teenage life, family in crisis, haunted by the past, introspection, working class, siblings relations, society, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
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42%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, friends, opposites attract, family relations, immigrants, love and romance, introspection, human nature, friendship, coming of age, family life ...
Time: contemporary
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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 ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, single parent, eccentric family, life is a bitch, love and romance, working class, friendship, couples, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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 ...
Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, society, hopes, domestic disturbance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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38%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: haunted by the past, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, dysfunctional family, mental illness, introspection, family life, human nature, estrangement, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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37%
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Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, family relations, obsession, urban ghetto life, society, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, coming of age, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
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36%
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, youth, single parent, society, danger, life is a bitch, social misfits, family problems, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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35%
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Forgive Me (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Violette, an expectant wife, who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family, to be shown to her (as yet) unborn son.Through her ever-present lens, Violette begins to unearth one nasty family secret after ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, family problems, couples, uncover truth, parents and children, infidelity, adultery, disturbed childhood, father daughter relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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34%
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Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, society, family problems, golden years, elderly, parents and children, immigrants, dysfunctional family, jewish
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
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34%
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Treading Water (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Casey (Angela Redman) has rejected her privileged upbringing and restores old boats for a living. She lives a cozy life with her beautiful social worker girlfriend Alex (super sexy Nina Landey) until her stuffy family demands that she come home for ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: coming out, culture clash, family gatherings, eccentric family, fish out of water, love and romance, youth, family life, addiction, society, family problems, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
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33%
Night Has Settled (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1983, Oliver Nicholas, at thirteen, is well-poised to enter the precocious teenage world of first-sex, vodka and possible-love in New York City when he is traumatized by the stroke of his housekeeper (and only true maternal figure), a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: coming of age, nanny, dysfunctional family, society, youth, betrayal, family problems, family relations, family life, survival, parents and children, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1983
Place: new york
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33%
Home for the Weekend (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the request of his mother Gitte, Marko, who has been living in Berlin for years, drives off to the countryside to visit his parents. His hopes of spending a quiet and relaxing time with his family fall short when Gitte surprises everyone by ...
Style: sincere, serious, suspense, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: reunion, mental illness, family relations, parents and children, introspection, estrangement, family problems, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, search, life is a bitch, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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33%
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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
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31%
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Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, estrangement, siblings relations, island, introspection, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family problems, hopes, resort ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
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31%
Silent Waters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, France, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ayesha is a widow with a secret past, living with her beloved son Saleem in a small town in Pakistan close to the Indian border. When the fires of Islamic nationalism invade their tranquil lives, Saleem and a few of the town's other young men ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: hopes, politics, wartime life, self discovery, family life, youth, battles, family problems, family relations, human nature, death in the family, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 40s
Place: pakistan, asia, middle east, india
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30%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family life, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, couples, siblings relations, euthanasia, relationship problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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28%
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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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28%
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Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, child as adult, youth, family problems, family relations, coming of age, teachers and students, power relations, siblings relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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28%
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, parents and children, society, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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28%
The Staple of News (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, bleak
Plot: love affair, family life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, fall in love, single parent, coming of age, family problems, siblings relations, youth, working class, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2010s, 90s ...
Place: france
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28%
Home Sweet Home (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The wife and son of an unemployed, foul-tempered man suffer under ever-worsening domestic violence. One day while his father is taking a nap, the young son decides to take matters into his own hands. In a panic, the wife and son both believe the man ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: abusive father, domestic violence, family in crisis, family relations, disability, family problems, parents and children, couple relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, unsupportive spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Maya (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: MAYA is a coming of age story set against an outlawed brutal practice of ritual rape still occurring in some parts of India.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, emotional, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, introspection, moral dilemma, youth, society, life is a bitch, injustice, kids in trouble, religions or cults, parents and children, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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27%
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Mouth to Mouth (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is falling apart, and her ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, youth, rescue, life is a bitch, estrangement, life turned upside down, family problems, drug abuse, parents and children, society, teenage prostitution, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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27%
Things Behind the Sun (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Now that Itzhak's father is in a coma, and dying, Itzhak is finally willing to visit him, thus breaking a ten-year silence. During his visits to the hospital, Itzhak, a beaten and reserved man, is frustrated to find himself neglected by his own ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: estrangement, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, siblings relations, family life, grandfather granddaughter relationship, hospital, husband wife relationship, coma, family secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
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27%
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Harmful Insect (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sachiko is about to encounter the most difficult moments in her young life. Her father abandons her and her mother attempts to commit suicide by slashing her wrist. Her teacher, whom she relies on heavily, leaves for northern Japan to ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, kids in trouble, uncontrollable, family problems, danger, youth, life is a bitch, school, teen angst, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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27%
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Swimmers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, introspection, youth, friendship, family relations, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, public health, solace, power relations, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
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27%
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Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: family life, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, parents and children, sibling relationship, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, family problems, friendship, family in crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
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26%
Sex & the Single Mom (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jess Gradwell and her teenage daughter boast a superclose relationship. When it comes to sex, however, Mom won't stand for anything less than premarital celibacy. So she gets a pretty healthy dose of her own medicine when she winds up getting ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, moral dilemma, teenage life, youth, family problems, love and romance, lifestyle, society, family life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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