If you have not seen the movie "Toast," the biography of Nigel Slater, I recommend it (Netflix). It is the story of his youth and how his dear mother's lack of any cooking skills more or less drove him toward food and cooking. Helen Bonham Carter plays his father's second wife and is hilarious.
I would call the movie sweet, but his father was not a very good parent. There was very little physical abuse (maybe one short scene?) but the verbal abuse is pretty bad. Regardless, Nigel escaped home life after his father's death and seemed to be unaffected by his foul behavior.
Nigel Slater is, of course, the beloved British food writer and cookbook author. He makes a brief cameo appearance at the end of the movie.