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Elena (2011)
Original name: Елена
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Vladimir is reaching the end of his life and decides to leave his wealth to his only daughter, cutting out his wife and her son from his will.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, sincere, touching
Plot: elderly, elderly couple, second marriage, couple relations, social differences, human nature, parents and children, family relations, disagreement, heir heiress, luxury, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, murder of husband, class differences, father daughter relationship, russian, mother son relationship, apartment complex, viagra, lifeguard, swimming pool, candle, pill, couples, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, moscow russia

Most similar movies to Elena

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, couples, elderly, couple relations and human nature mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Elena: Siberia, Monamour (2011), Still Mine (2012), Common Ground (2002), Leviathan (2014), Loveless (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Siberia, Monamour (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Siberia. Late autumn. In taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshia's best friend. ...
Style: dark humor, gloomy, touching, serious, bleak ...
Plot: in the woods, golden years, elderly, survival, dangerous animal, orphan, farm, isolation, wilderness, danger, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 4K
Still Mine (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: elderly, golden years, aging, elderly couple, couple relations, couples, elderly lovers, love and romance, alzheimer's disease, bureaucracy, dementia
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Common Ground (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University, and he concludes that it is impossible to ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, clever, sentimental ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, elderly, elderly couple, family in crisis, college, student life, family life, hopes, love and romance, society, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 41K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mayor, coastal town, injustice, parents and children, political corruption, legal action, legal, rivalry, life is a bitch, human nature, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.7
 21K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: missing child, divorce, dysfunctional family, disappearance, loveless marriage, search, search party, husband wife relationship, dispute, anger, missing son, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.2
 831
Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: gloomy, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, addiction, neo realism, alcohol abuse, human nature, drug abuse, danger, negligence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.7
 24K
On Golden Pond (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: elderly, family relations, lake, old age, aging, reconciliation, alienation, golden years, human nature, daughter, son, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: childhood, boy, architect, parents and children, life turned upside down, parent child relationship, family problems, family relations, disorder, human nature, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.7
 286
Three Sisters (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Laurence Olivier's film of Chekhov's play.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: couple relations, small town, siblings relations, small town life, dull life, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, family life, human nature, infidelity ...
Time: 1900s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Mouth Agape (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The portrait of a woman going through a terminal illness and the tumorous lives of her husband and son.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, unfulfillment, death, mother son relationship, wife husband relationship, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, golden years, crumbling marriage, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Since Otar Left (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Georgia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: death, dysfunctional family, family, dealing with death, parents and children, immigrants, family in crisis, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, golden years, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, tbilisi, russia, georgia (former ussr) ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: drugs/alcohol, aging, parents and children, dysfunctional family, estrangement, righting the wronged, hopes, family problems, family relations, unsupportive spouse, couple relations, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Mother and Son (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, Germany
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside and cottage.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, spiritual, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, human nature, parents and children, parent child relationship, dying mother, mother son relationship, family relations, isolation, family problems, death, nature, old woman ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.1
 1K
Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest couple announces their in-vitro is a success. Then ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: infidelity, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, love affair, parents and children, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, golden years ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.6
 4K
The Bench (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kaj is a stubborn man with a great deal of pride. The former chef lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman of the activation project ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, sincere
Plot: hospital, parents and children, family problems, family relations, urban, aging, starting over, alcohol abuse, working class, estrangement, danger, elderly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Policeman's Wife (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The story of a young couple who live in a small town with their four-year-old daughter. The husband is so caught up in his work as a policeman that he gradually becomes increasingly alienated from his wife and daughter who become ever closer to one ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: couple relations, small town, parents and children, couples, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, female full frontal nudity, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Fly with the Crane (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Serenely resigned to his impending death but deeply afraid at the prospect of being cremated, an elderly carpenter seeks to have his last wishes carried out in this gentle, beautifully realized drama from director Li Ruijin. (TIFF)
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: parents and children, death in the family, family relations, elderly, youth, family problems, grandfather granddaughter relationship, cousin, cremation, cousin cousin relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.1
 700
Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: starting over, estrangement, human nature, redemption, parents and children, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, unemployment, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 593
Ward No. 6 (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the film is a cocktail of anxieties and riddles, showcasing how ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: human nature, mental institution, doctors and patients, mental illness, estrangement, misfit, power relations, social misfits, isolation, confined, society, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Banishment (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
Style: serious, emotional, melancholic, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, death, pregnancy, abortion, crumbling marriage, russian, countryside, family bonds, relationships, misunderstanding, family drama, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, czech republic, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
 253
Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: island, redemption, starting over, human nature, hopes, ocean or sea, small town, family problems, family relations, social misfits, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.8
 2K
Harry & Son (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Widower Harry Keach is a construction worker who was raised to appreciate the importance of working for a living. He takes a dim view of his sensitive son Howard's lackadaisical lifestyle and has a strained relationship with his daughter Nina ...
Style: serious, sincere, talky, realistic, touching
Plot: widower, beer, pet shop, single parent, aging, birth, human nature, parents and children, family in crisis, estrangement, elderly, couples ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.8
 436
Old Cats (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Isidora, an old woman, discovers that her mind is quickly deteriorating. At an apparently relaxed dinner table, she will desperately try to hide her state from her daughter, a demanding woman who awaits any sign of senility in order to take way ...
Style: talky, touching, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: golden years, aging, parents and children, urban, family in crisis, mental illness, estrangement, elderly, family relations, introspection, redemption, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Twelve Mile Road (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A divorced farmer takes in his troubled teenage daughter for the summer, a summer which changes the lives of the two of them, and their friends and family.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: troubled teen, farmer, friendship, farm, parents and children, parent child relationship, summer vacation, family relations, golden years, couple relations, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Memory Thief (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles tollbooth clerk becomes obsessed with the Holocaust after meeting a survivor.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, offbeat, mind bending ...
Plot: holocaust, mental illness, losing-it hero, obsession, friendship, parents and children, haunted by the past, society, unfulfillment, social misfits, aging, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.3
 117
Brides (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Georgia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nutsa, a young mother, lives with her two children in a suburbs of Tblissi in Georgia. Her partner Goga is in prison. They get married, so she gains the right to talk to him once a month in the visiting room on the other side of the glass. The ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: crumbling marriage, prison, couple relations, prison life, confined, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations, visitation rights
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia (former ussr)
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
 107
Another House (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Mathieu Roy's L’Autre maison is an intimate and powerful family drama featuring three generations of great Quebec Actors. Marcel Sabourin plays Henri Bernard, an 86 year-old man with a failing grip on reality. His sons, a jet setting middle ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, siblings relations, parent child relationship, death of father, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, aging, memory loss, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: talky, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, realism, couple relations, parents and children, down on your luck, urban, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, florida, algeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.6
 20K
Away from Her (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, a wheel chair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: elderly, elderly lovers, nurse, marriage, supportive spouse, retirement home, aging, alzheimer's disease, loneliness, friendship, christmas, snow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.7
 116
Do I Know You? (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Grandfather of Ana is clearly experiencing Alzheimer. Family as no choice and make some decisions. This tense situation will change the life of Ana.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, bleak
Plot: golden years, aging, memory loss, elderly, family relations, mental illness, life is a bitch, grandfather granddaughter relationship, senior citizen, retirement home, father daughter relationship, doctor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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