Movies like The Spirit of the Beehive

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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Original name: El espíritu de la colmena
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her older sibling when she tells her that the monster is not dead, but exists as a spirit inhabiting a nearby barn. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.
Style: art house, surreal, atmospheric, sexy, political, light, mind bending, thought provoking, psychedelic, enigmatic ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, spanish civil war, children, art, existentialism, surrealism, imagination, magic realism, civil war, youth, innocence lost, farm, obsession, railway, brutality, runaway, child protagonist, catastrophe, world war two, distopia, time travel, loneliness, macabre, mental disorder ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940, 40s
Place: spain, tokyo, iberian peninsula, europe

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Most similar movies to The Spirit of the Beehive

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out enigmatic, weird, thought provoking and bleak films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, melancholy, catastrophe, dialogue, suprisingly clever and mentor mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Spirit of the Beehive: Raise Ravens (1976), Paperhouse (1988), The Ballad of Narayama (1983), The Saragossa Manuscript (1965), Leolo (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Raise Ravens (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their military father Anselmo. Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinated by ...
Style: surreal, psychedelic, mind bending, political, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, poison, children, flashback, childhood trauma, adultery, mother daughter relationship, female nudity, youth, orphan, childhood, child protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: iberian peninsula, madrid, spain, europe
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Paperhouse (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane ...
Style: scary, disturbing, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, children, supernatural, visceral, serial killer, transformation, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, alternate reality, coming of age, supernatural ability, boy ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
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The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, sexy, reflective, enigmatic ...
Plot: bestiality, existentialism, elderly, samurai, sex, female nudity, old age, snake, childhood, depression, obsession, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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100%
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, art house, visually appealing ...
Plot: surrealism, reincarnation, supernatural, jungle, ghost, loneliness, existentialism, magic realism, life philosophy, introspection, haunted by the past, farm ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, india, asia, thailand
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The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Poland
Duration: 182 min.
Story: In the Napoleonic wars, an officer finds an old book that relates his grandfather's story, Alfons van Worden, captain in the Walloon guard. A man of honor and courage, he seeks the shortest route through the Sierra Morena. At an inn, the Venta ...
Style: surreal, psychedelic, cerebral, art house, atmospheric ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, polish, napoleonic wars, multiple storylines, medieval, distopia, fantasy world, maze, art, life & death, melancholy ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: spain, tokyo, poland, japan, europe ...
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Leolo (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of an imaginative boy who pretends he is the child of a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato upon which his mother accidentally fell.
Style: surreal, disturbing, art house, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: coming of age, masturbation, insanity, bestiality, crazy, surrealism, dysfunctional family, dark humor, magic realism, imagination, youth, children ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, sicily
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36%
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, thought provoking, mind bending, visually appealing ...
Plot: artist, surrealism, art, dream, beautiful scenery, fantasy world, magic realism, life & death, dreams, child, death, spirituality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji
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Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, limousine, creativity, life & death, obsession, multiple storylines, hidden identity, double life, unfulfillment, power relations, lifestyle change ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
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34%
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, disturbing, art house, thought provoking ...
Plot: childhood, ghost, christmas, children, emotional abuse, brother sister relationship, grief, coming of age, abusive stepfather, child abuse, domestic violence, christmas eve ...
Time: victorian era, 20th century, turn of the century, 90s, 1910s
Place: sweden, tokyo, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Grandfather (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 151 min.
Story: After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.
Style: touching, sexy, harsh, breathtaking, enigmatic ...
Plot: bittersweet, loneliness, friendship, writers, life philosophy, obsession, multiple storylines, mentor, relationships, teacher, unlikely friendships, love ...
Time: 18th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, tokyo, latin america, europe, paris france
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33%
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Nostalgia (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had ...
Style: atmospheric, reflective, philosophical, art house, cerebral ...
Plot: philosophy, art, existentialism, dream, obsession, insanity, memory, writer's life, redemption, culture clash, poetry, runaway ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: russia, rome italy, ussr, europe, italy ...
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32%
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The Mirror (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, surreal, art house, enigmatic ...
Plot: world war two, childhood, surrealism, poetry, memory, dream, winter, stream of consciousness, mirror, levitation, russian, life & death ...
Time: year 1935, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, ussr, tokyo, moscow russia, europe ...
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32%
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. The Exterminating Angel is a 1962 surrealist film, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal. Sharply satirical and allegorical, the film contains a view ...
Style: surreal, political, philosophical, atmospheric, absurd ...
Plot: surrealism, satire, social satire, isolation, dinner party, class differences, philosophy, existentialism, religion, society, suspense, piano ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, paris france
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Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: touching, realistic, talky, emotional, spiritual ...
Plot: children, child, coming of age, grief, youth, innocence lost, bereavement, friendship, death, school, life, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, tokyo, provence
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Eternity and a Day (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Greece, Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Alexander, a famous writer, is very ill and has only a few days to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania. Alexander then takes the boy home.
Style: thought provoking, road movie, art house, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: death, terminal illness, coming of age, art, writers, immigrants, destiny, greek, hospital, catastrophe, brutality, artist ...
Time: future, 90s
Place: greece, tokyo, australia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Wings of Desire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: meditative, surreal, cerebral, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, philosophy, immortality, dream, love, existentialism, afterlife, circus, mortality, german, library, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west germany
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28%
The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, atmospheric, thought provoking, artsy ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: philosophy, childhood, grief, coming of age, spirituality, father son relationship, parenthood, existentialism, family relations, hopes, religion, domineering father ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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28%
Heart of Glass (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A small Bavarian village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the ...
Style: surreal, art house, disturbing, experimental, allegory ...
Plot: surrealism, magic realism, wilderness, cult, brainwashing, violence, catastrophe, art, artist, brutality, deadpan, death ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: spanish civil war, coming of age, friendship, civil war, children, teacher, fascism, childhood, depression, anarchist, family relations, countryside ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: spain, iberian peninsula, latin america, europe, madrid ...
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27%
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After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, emotional, philosophical, psychological, touching ...
Plot: afterlife, eternity, death, memory, heaven and hell, life & death, videotaping, destiny, hospital, childhood, life after death, fantasy world ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, the philippines
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27%
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Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, art house, political, cerebral, biting ...
Plot: existentialism, island, suspense, civil war, betrayal, politics, war, world war two, female nudity, dysfunctional family, time travel, art ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.0
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: depressing, touching, serious, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, young kid, children, child abandonment, boy, tragedy, coming of age, family relations, greed ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, india, asia, california
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26%
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Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: bleak, surreal, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, adoption, hallucination, dreams, coming of age, human nature, hopes, society, social relations, boy, priest, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, montana, usa, california, minnesota
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26%
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Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: touching, emotional, depressing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: maid, terminal illness, art, family relations, women, existentialism, death, marriage, obsession, cancer, nude, bittersweet ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, turn of the century, 90s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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The Return (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, emotional, art house, thought provoking, road movie ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: russian, coming of age, brother, survival, journey, children, parents and children, father son relationship, existentialism, death, childhood, character study ...
Time: 21st century
Place: russia
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26%
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Not Yet (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, sexy, enigmatic, sentimental, lyrical ...
Plot: world war two, samurai, teacher, professor, existentialism, death, sacrifice, relationships, solitude, guilt, god, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 1940s
Place: tokyo, japan, hong kong, asia, germany
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26%
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: psychological, art house, emotional, philosophical, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, religion, suicide, winter, art, isolation, small town, priest, faith, loss of faith, midlife crisis, apocalypse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
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25%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, meditative, lyrical, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, redemption, adolescence, boy, father son relationship, friendship, youth, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, death, social relations, hopes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: north carolina, tokyo, usa
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24%
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychedelic, experimental, surreal, psychological, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rock, drugs, music, rock and roll, teacher, surrealism, loss of father, hallucination, drug addiction, childhood, corporal punishment, rock music ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 60s
Place: england, europe, london, los angeles
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24%
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a ...
Style: art house, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: surrealism, god, obsession, loneliness, hotel, male nudity, poetry, insanity, imagination, culture clash, existentialism, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, england, europe
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24%