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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Original name: Fanny och Alexander
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: thought provoking, intellectual, sincere, disturbing, philosophical, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: brother sister relationship, christmas, bishop, abusive stepfather, ghost, childhood, child abuse, emotional abuse, marriage as hell, family relations, death of father, remarry, funeral, life turned upside down, step parent, siblings relations, unhappy, family, bittersweet, dreaming, orphan, dysfunctional family, death, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 90s, turn of the century, 1900s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out thought provoking, serious, melancholic and reflective films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, loneliness, culture clash, runaway, family relations and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Fanny and Alexander: A River Runs Through It (1992), Cries & Whispers (1972), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), The Sacrifice (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
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100%
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: emotional, thought provoking, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, death, cancer, grudge, mansion, estate, family life, human nature, friendship, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 90s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, electroshock therapy, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, self destructing, estrangement, in-laws, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 8.1
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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: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, faith, priest, winter, pastor, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, dishonesty, hopes, clergy, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 7.9
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The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, redemption, human nature, save the world, society, catastrophe, hysteria, worldwide chaos, unfulfillment, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, sweden, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Silence (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester, her sister Anna and Anna's young son, Johan, check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen ...
Style: sexy, sexual, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hotel, female masturbation, lesbian, dysfunctional family, female orgasm, terminal illness, sister sister relationship, desire, travel, rage, lesbianism, incest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, poverty, working class, father son relationship, youth, farm, parents and children, life is a bitch, island, down on your luck, social differences, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, depression, couples, island, solitude, love affair, architect, destiny, friendship, chaos and mayhem, love and romance, opposites attract ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, serious, psychological, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, family relations, couples, love and romance, siblings relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, autumn, dysfunctional family, handicapped, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family life, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, child rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, family in crisis, family problems, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 90s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, bleak, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, survival, on the run, crumbling marriage, battles, chaos and mayhem, introspection ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, scandinavia, sweden, israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 8K
Saraband (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The movie is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (1973), where we revisit the characters of Johan and Marianne, then a married couple. After their divorce, Johan and Marianne haven't seen each other for 32 years. Marianne is still ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, touching, meditative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, love and romance, introspection, parents and children, couples, family problems, golden years, crumbling marriage, human nature, breakup, hopes, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe, australia, st. petersburg russia, munich germany, helsinki finland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, single mother, workplace, love and romance, introspection, hopes, parents and children, free spirited, family secret, small town, workplace romance, suicide attempt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, family problems, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: talky, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, dealing with death, youth, hopes, death in the family, human nature, family problems, child, death, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, provence, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, introspection, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, couples, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 3K
Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, this very personal film is about a destructive affair which wrecks the marriage of an actress (Marianne) and musician (Markus). Wanting to continue the affair, Marianne moves in with her lover. But she is tormented by ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, gloomy, lyrical ...
Plot: adultery, betrayal, infidelity, love affair, custody, fall in love, crumbling marriage, family problems, destructive relationship, rivalry, parents and children, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, denmark, france, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 12K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, cancer, tragedy, family relations, small town, family, relationships, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 20K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, family problems, parents and children, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, self discovery, hopes, elderly, estrangement, parents and children, countryside, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 10K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: curse, dysfunctional family, infidelity, prophecy, family relations, murder, small town, aunt niece relationship, superstition, all black cast, incest, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.5
 10K
September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family relations, couples, adultery, parents and children, family problems, human nature, couple relations, siblings relations, family gatherings, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past in Ingmar Bergman's only horror film, which takes place on a windy island. During "the hour of the wolf" - between midnight and dawn - he tells his wife about his most painful ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, gothic, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, diary, island, surrealism, artist, insanity, voyeurism, insomnia, castle, nightmare, mental illness, swedish ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 2K
The Apple (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.
Style: serious, thought provoking, sincere, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: confined, social worker, family relations, isolation, society, life is a bitch, religions or cults, human nature, father daughter relationship, blindness, twins, feral child ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 7K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 350K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, stepsister stepsister relationship, childhood, bully, divorced parents, boy, marital problem, brother sister relationship, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life, divorce ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2009, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 308K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, realistic, bleak, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, family problems, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, serious, touching, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, brother sister relationship, family in crisis, parents and children, family life, unfulfillment, romance, family problems, family relations, cripple, domineering mother ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%