Curated Movies Categorized By Disability, Disorder, Disease And Other Human Challenges

Mostly Martha (2001)
Comedy Drama Romance Foreign
Depression, Clinical Death of Sibling Narcissistic Personality Disorder Caregiving Temporary Speech Loss Death of Parent

German restaurant chef Martha is the narcissistic ruler of her kitchen staff and the adversary of any complaining customer. Her job is her life from h...

Director : Sandra Nettelbeck
Cast : Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto, August Zirner

Picture Bride (1994)
Drama Romance Foreign Based on True Events Historical Fiction
Tuberculosis Virginity, Female Arranged Marriage Orphaned

In 1916, a teenager named Riyo who has been orphaned since she was a baby because her parents died from tuberculosis, is deemed an undesirable mate fo...

Director : Kayo Hatta
Cast : Yûki Kudô, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama

Mouchette (1967)
NOT RATED Drama Foreign
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Alcoholism Death of Parent Depression, Situational Suicide Rape Epilepsy Caregiving

Mouchette is a teenaged female who lives in the countryside of France. Her mother is dying and her father is an alcoholic who does not take care about...

Director : Robert Bresson
Cast : Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Marie Cardinal, Paul Hebert

Shower (1999)
Comedy Drama Foreign
Developmental Delays Learning Disabilities

A businessman, Da Ming, is tricked into returning home to Beijing, China because his brother, who has developmental delays, has told him their father ...

Director : Yang Zhang
Cast : Jiayi Du, Bing He, Wu Jiang, Ding Li

Ju Dou (1990)
Drama Romance Foreign
Impotency Blended Families Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Physical

In early 1900's rural China, a woman is forced to marry to the brutal owner of a dye mill, who has a history of murdering his wives when they can't co...

Director : Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang
Cast : Ma Chong, Zhijun Cong, Wu Fa, Li Gong

A Touch of Sin (2013)
Drama Foreign Based on True Events
Abuse, Sex Abuse, Physical Abuse, Verbal

In modern China, there are four random acts of violence in four completely different provinces: an angry miner is enraged by his village's corruption ...

Director : Zhangke Jia
Cast : Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Lanshan Luo

Submarino (2010)
NR Drama Foreign
Substance Abuse Alcoholism Genetically Predisposed Death of Sibling Single Parenting

Nick and his younger brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself into oblivion. When their baby brother dies, they blame...

Director : Thomas Vinterberg
Cast : Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Sons (2006)
NR Drama Foreign
Alcohol Abuse

Lars, a 25-year-old with few prospects for the future, recognizes a man with a reputation from his youth and discovers that the older man is luring so...

Director : Erik Richter Strand
Cast : Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Mikkel Bratt Silset, Edward Schultheiss, Henrik Mestad

Mini (2007)
R Romance Foreign Erotica
Alcoholism

An erotic road trip about the circles people go around in life: physically, emotionally, and psychologically....

Director : Michelle Chen, Chen Jin
Cast : Roy Cheung, Angelica Lee, Ye Liu

A Song for Martin (2001)
PG-13 Drama Romance Foreign Music Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Composer, Martin meets violinist, Barbara at one of his performances. Despite the fact that both of them are married and middle aged they fall in love...

Director : Bille August
Cast : Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson, Linda Källgren

The Memory of a Killer (2003)
R Action Crime Drama Foreign
Prostitution Alzheimer’s Disease Abuse, Child

Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detective teams of the Antwerp police force. They are confronted with the disappearance of a top official and the mu...

Director : Erik Van Looy
Cast : Laurien Van den Broeck, Dirk Roofthooft, Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt

A Moment to Remember (2004)
NR Drama Romance Foreign
Assisted Living/Managed Care Facility Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving

A Korean love story about two young people, opposites in every way, who discover happiness and fall in love. The couple's enduring love is then put to...

Director : John H. Lee
Cast : Woo-sung Jung, Ye-jin Son, Jong-hak Baek, Sun-jin Lee

Black (2005)
NR Drama Family Foreign
Alcoholism Blindness Deafness American Sign Language Alzheimer’s Disease Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

Paul and Catherine give birth to their first daughter, Michelle, who is blind, deaf, and mute. They isolate her from the outside world and, consequent...

Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast : Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

U Me Aur Hum (2008)
NR Comedy Drama Romance Foreign Senior Interest
Alzheimer’s Disease Alcohol Abuse Caregiving

Ajay and Pia's love story begins at sea where they develop a strong and special bond with one another. Then they rush into marriage despite the advice...

Director : Ajay Devgn
Cast : Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Sumeet Raghvan, Divya Dutta

A Separation (2011)
PG-13 Drama Foreign
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Nader and Simin discuss moving abroad to live permanently. Simin wants to live abroad to access opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However...

Director : Asghar Farhadi
Cast : Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Evim Sensin (2012)
NR Fantasy Romance Foreign
Alzheimer’s Disease

Esra working for a logistics firm and shares a home with her best friend Didem. While at the wedding of her another friend, Zeynep, she realizes she's...

Director : Özcan Deniz
Cast : Özcan Deniz, Gizem Denizci, Rafi Emeksiz, Fahriye Evcen

Honig im Kopf (2014)
NR Comedy Drama Family Foreign Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

Tilda loved her grandfather, Amandus. But, Amandus has Alzheimers. Always the charming, humorous, adored head of the family, now he starts acting like...

Director : Til Schweiger, Lars Gmehling
Cast : Til Schweiger, Dar Salim, Jeanette Hain, Mehmet Kurtulus

Gray Sunset (1985)
NR Foreign Senior Interest
Alzheimer’s Disease

Gray Sunset is a Japanese film about Alzheimer's disease that was directed by Shunya Ito, and was Japan's submission to the 58th Academy Awards for th...

Director : Shunya Itô
Cast : Yukiyo Toake, Minoru Chiaki, Teruhiko Saigô, Yumiko Nogawa

Barfi (2012)
G Comedy Drama Romance Foreign
Mute Caregiving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Deafness

Barfi is a street smart, happy man who was born deaf and mute. HIs mother died when he was a baby and so he is raised alone by his father, a chauffeur...

Director : Anurag Basu
Cast : Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Illeana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla, Ashish Vidyarthi, Roopa Ganguly

The Lunchbox (2013)
PG Comedy Drama Romance Foreign
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Enabling

After a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai, a relationship begins between Saajan, a lonely widower close to retirement; ...

Director : Ritesh Batra
Cast : Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey

Persona (1966)
NOT RATED Drama Suspense Thriller Foreign
Dissociative Identity Disorder Mute Caregiving Enabling Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Chronic Depression

In 1966 Sweden, a young nurse named Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth, an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects but will not talk. As they...

Director : Ingmar Bergman
Cast : Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

Poetry (2010)
NR Drama Foreign Senior Interest
Rape Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Suicidal Stroke

A sixty-something woman, faced with the revelation of a heinous family crime finds she is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Initially, she s...

Director : Chang-dong Lee
Cast : Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hira Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Son of the Bride (2001)
R Comedy Drama Foreign Senior Interest
Divorce Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Single Parenting Heart Attack

At 42 years old Rafael Belvedere is a divorced restaurateur who lives in the shadow of his father, feels guilty about rarely visiting his mother who h...

Director : Juan José Campanella
Cast : Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco

Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
Drama History Foreign Biography Based on True Events
Schizophrenia Psychosis Insanity Depression, Situational Paranoia

In 1915, in the south of France, Camille, the sister of Christian mystic Paul Claudel, and the former protege and mistress of renowned sculptor, Augus...

Director : Bruno Dumont
Cast : Juliette Binoche, Robert Leroy, Jean-Luc Vincent, Marion Keller

Love Is All You Need (2012)
R Comedy Romance Foreign
Death of Spouse Eating Disorders Delusional Bulimia Nervosa Breast Cancer Sexuality Sexual Confusion Narcissistic Personality Disorder Depression, Chronic Denial Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alcohol Abuse Adultery Death of Parent

Danish hairdresser Ida, who just completed breast cancer treatment and does not yet know the results, returns home before leaving for her daughter's w...

Director : Susanne Bier
Cast : Trine Dyrholm, Stina Ekblad, Sebastian Jessen, Molly Blixt Egelind

Love at First Fight (2014)
UNRATED Comedy Romance Foreign Military
Social Anxiety Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Death of Parent Paranoia

On the coast of France, Arnaud faces his future: taking over the family landscaping and small business with his brother. When the French Army advertis...

Director : Thomas Cailley
Cast : Adèle Haenel, Kévin Azaïs, Antoine Laurent, Brigitte Roüan

Marie's Story (2014)
NR History Foreign Biography
Blindness Single Parenting Deafness Foster Parenting American Sign Language Mute Lipreading/Speechreading

Marie Heurtin is a girl who was born blind, deaf, and mute to single father who in a poor villager in France. Though rejected by others, a nun named S...

Director : Jean-Pierre Améris
Cast : Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noémie Churlet

Departures (2008)
Drama Foreign Dark Comedy
Single Parenting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Death of Parent

When Daigo, a cellist in Tokyo, loses his job, he and his wife must move to his home town to live in the quirky little house left to him by his deceas...

Director : Yôjirô Takita
Cast : Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryôko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Belle de Jour (1967)
APPROVED Drama Foreign Erotica
Prostitution Sexual Dissatisfaction Virginity, Female Addiction, Sex Abuse, Sex

In appearance, Severine is a chic, affluent woman in Paris married to a respected doctor. While she loves her husband, what he most admires about her ...

Director : Luis Buñuel
Cast : Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page

A City of Sadness (1989)
Drama History Foreign
Substance Abuse Nervous Breakdown/Collapse Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Deafness

Prior to WWII, Taiwan was a Japanese colony for fifty years. The oldest of four brothers in the Lin family turns his bar into "Little Shanghai" to pro...

Director : Hsiao-hsien Hou
Cast : Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Shufen Xin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

A Scene at the Sea (1991)
Romance Foreign
Deafness

Shigeru is a part time sanitation service worker who is deaf. His girlfriend, Takako, is also deaf. One day, on his usual route, Shigeru finds a broke...

Director : Takeshi Kitano
Cast : Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara, Toshizo Fujiwara

Beyond Silence (1996)
PG-13 Drama Foreign Music
Mute Lipreading/Speechreading Caregiving Enabling Deafness American Sign Language

Since childhood in a small German village, Lara has had the task of translating the communication of the outside world to her parents, who are both de...

Director : Caroline Link
Cast : Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

Ikiru (1952)
NOT RATED Drama Foreign
Cancer Depression, Situational

Kanji is a longtime city bureaucrat who, along with the rest of his office, spends his entire working life doing nothing with any consequence. He lear...

Director : Akira Kurosawa
Cast : Takashi Shimura, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki

Deaf Sam-yong (1964)
Drama Foreign
Deafness American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading

A Korean farmhand who is deaf, falls in love with his landlord's daughter-in-law....

Director : Sang-ok Shin
Cast : Jin Kyu Kim, Eun-hie Choi, No-shik Park, Geum-bong Do

Story of Women (1988)
Drama Foreign Historical Fiction
Prostitution Abortion, Illegal Single Parenting Promiscuity

In 1941 Marie is raising two children in occupied France during World War II. When her husband Paul returns from German captivity, he's too weak to ho...

Director : Claude Chabrol
Cast : Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier

The Tribe (2014)
Crime Drama Foreign Erotica
Deafness American Sign Language

Set in an insular Ukrainian high school for the deaf, a new student named Sergey realizes that he must prove himself if he is to have the protection o...

Director : Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Cast : Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich

Camille Claudel (1988)
R Drama History Foreign Biography Based on True Events Based On Novel
Depression, Clinical Schizophrenia Psychosis Insanity Paranoia

In 1880s France, young Camille, sister of noted writer, poet and mystic Paul, first meets famous sculptor August Rodin when she is hired as his assist...

Director : Bruno Nuytten
Cast : Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Thanmathra (2005)
NR Drama Foreign Senior Interest
Caregiving Alzheimer’s Disease

He was the best father and husband a family could have. His only dream was to live long enough to see his son as an IAS Officer. And then he found out...

Director : Blessy
Cast : Mohanlal, Meera Vasudevan, Arjun Lal, Nedumudi Venu

Requiem (2006)
Drama Foreign Psychological
Seizures/Convulsions Delusional Epilepsy

In the 1970's German countryside, Michaela, is a new student majoring in Teaching at a university against the will of her rigid mother, Marianne. Her ...

Director : Hans-Christian Schmid
Cast : Sandra Hüller, Burghart Klaußner, Imogen Kogge, Anna Blomeier

Spirit (2012)
NR Comedy Drama Foreign Satire
Alcoholism Divorce Commitment Phobia Domestic Violence Mute Single Parenting Denial Deafness

Raghunandan, an ex-Bank of England employee, now works for as an interviewer in a popular television show called Show the Spirit. An alcoholic loner, ...

Director : Renjith
Cast : Mohanlal, Kanika, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Nandu, Madhu,Lena, Kalpana, Thilakan

Perfect Blue (1997)
R Fantasy Horror Mystery Foreign Animation
Rape Dissociative Identity Disorder

A retired pop singer turned actress has her sense of reality shaken when an obsessed fan, that seemingly represents the ghosts from her past that she ...

Director : Satoshi Kon
Cast : Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Face to Face (1976)
R Drama Fantasy Foreign Psychological
Depression, Clinical Nervous Breakdown/Collapse

An exploration of the irony of a psychiatrist who suffers from mental illness. Dr. Jenny Isaksson is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; b...

Director : Ingmar Bergman
Cast : Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Aino Taube, Gunnar Björnstrand

All About My Mother (1999)
R Drama Foreign
Transgenderism Blended Families Single Parenting Death, Sudden Unexpected Pregnancy AIDS/HIV Death of Child

Manuela has been a single mother who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time his birth. On his seventeenth birthday they go to the theate...

Director : Pedro Almodóvar
Cast : Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

The Way He Looks (2014)
NOT RATED Drama Romance Foreign Coming of Age
Virginity, Female Blindness Repression Sexuality Sexual Dissatisfaction Co-Dependent Personality Disorder Virginity, Male Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Insecurity Anxiety Alcohol Abuse

Leo is a teenager in 2014 Brazil attending his local school. Because he is blind and his class typewriter for note taking is not digital but loud and ...

Director : Daniel Ribeiro
Cast : Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Lúcia Romano

The Story of Adele H (1975)
PG Drama History Foreign Biography Distant Location Historical Fiction
Psychopathy Delusional Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Adèle Hugo, daughter of French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson while living in exile off the coast of England. T...

Director : François Truffaut
Cast : Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley

Amazing Grace (1992)
UNRATED Drama Foreign
AIDS/HIV Addiction, Substance

In Israel there are two families, each with a gay son. Jonathan breaks up with the experienced Miki, because he continues to play around. Then Jonatha...

Director : Amos Guttman
Cast : Sharon Alexander, Aki Avni, Dvora Bartonov, Gal Hoyberger

Read My Lips (2001)
R Crime Drama Romance Foreign Film-Noir
American Sign Language Lipreading/Speechreading Deaf Speech Deafness

Carla is an overworked secretary for a construction company. She is deaf and mocked by her co-workers about her appearance and subservient position. A...

Director : Jacques Audiard
Cast : Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier

Guardami (1999)
X Drama Foreign Biography
Cancer

Nina is an independent porno actress who refuses the need the help of everyone, even agents and managers. She has both a daughter and is in a gay rela...

Director : Davide Ferrario
Cast : Elisabetta Cavallotti, Stefania Orsola Garello, Flavio Insinna, Gianluca Gobbi