Movies like The Merchant of Four Seasons

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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
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The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
Original name: Händler der vier Jahreszeiten
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Hans is a street fruit peddler and born-loser. His choice of career upsets his bourgeois family, causing him to turn to drinking and violence. After recovering from a debilitating heart attack, his business finally begins to take off. However the more he becomes a credit to his family, the more depressed he becomes.
Style: psychological, gloomy, sincere, serious, realistic, art house, tragic ending, bleak, harsh, melancholic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, couples, obsession, forbidden love, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, infidelity, destructive relationship, dishonesty, embezzlement, unfulfillment, retiring, ex-cop, drinking alcohol, marriage, french foreign legion, cheating, adultery, hospital, depression, german, sniper, espionage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: germany, morocco, munich germany, bavaria, paris france

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about couples, family relations, obsession, unfulfillment, marriage, dysfunctional family and husband wife relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Merchant of Four Seasons: The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), I Only Want You to Love Me (1976), Veronika Voss (1982), Katzelmacher (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, romance, rise to the top, lovers reunited, couples, human nature, survival, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1954 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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95%
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: racism, immigrants, foreigner, misfit, romance, human nature, alienation, nudity (full frontal - brief), older woman younger man relationship, german, mother son relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, morocco, munich germany, europe, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of the young man Peter, who grew up during the economic miracle, bereft of parental care and love. Learning early on that interpersonal relationships are based on the principles of exchange or purchase, he abides by these rules and gives ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, bleak, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: couples, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, life sentence, estrangement, family relations, family problems, crime and punishment, injustice, mentally unstable, crime, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Petra von Kant is a successful fashion designer -- arrogant, caustic, and self-satisfied. She mistreats Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). Enter Karin, a 23-year-old beauty who wants to be a model. Petra falls in love with Karin and ...
Style: sincere, clever, sexual, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian interest, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, fashion, gays and lesbians, lgbt, s&m, manipulation, love triangle, obsession, rejection, secretary ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, zurich switzerland, sydney australia, west germany, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Veronika Voss (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: morphine, movie star, addiction, life is a bitch, love and romance, actor's life, journalism, gem, post war, battles, haunted by the past, drug abuse ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 80s, 1930s, 70s ...
Place: munich germany, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Katzelmacher (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this unflinching German drama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a group of young slackers, including the couple Erich and Marie, spend most of their time hanging out in front of a Munich apartment building. When a Greek immigrant named Jorgos, moves ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, gloomy, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: small town, xenophobia, society, gays and lesbians, greek, injustice, small town life, gender, immigrants, social misfits, life is a bitch, misfit ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
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Fear of Fear (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After having her second child, a German housewife suffers from post-partum depression before inexplicably falling into a continually misdiagnosed mental state, befuddling her relatives.
Style: emotional, psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, lifestyle, tragic love, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, addiction, mental illness, infidelity, destructive relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, injustice, parents and children, society, couples, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Effi Briest (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A German-made film based on one of the most famous German novels by Theodor Fontane. Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) is a socially ambitious, 17-year-old German girl who accepts a proposal of marriage from Baron Geert Von Instetten, a much older ...
Style: gloomy, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: infidelity, adultery, duel, age difference, couples, injustice, family problems, family relations, dishonesty, love and romance, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1880s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, northern germany, prussia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
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Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, betrayal, dishonesty, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Night (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.
Style: reflective, stylized, atmospheric, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: infidelity, hospital, nightclub, terminal illness, writers, party, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, introspection, couple relations, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: italy, milan italy, los angeles, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. His wife pushes him to seek a promotion, which may be a long shot after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok?
Style: bleak, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: family relations, couples, murder, married couple, uxoricide, colleague, society, losing-it hero, deadly, crumbling marriage, crimes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he replied. Erwin took Anton at his word. Trying to ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: transsexual, slaughterhouse, gender bending, self discovery, introspection, obsession, couple relations, adoption, unfulfilled love, hopes, gays and lesbians, rejection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: frankfurt germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 566
The Quiet Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Italy, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, delusion, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couples, self defense, solace, family problems, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, california, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, touching, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, family problems, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: alcoholic, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, estrangement, couples, crumbling marriage, alcohol abuse, one day, greed ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, suspense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, secretary, rehabilitation, alcoholic, addiction, drinking, drinking alcohol, public relations, party, romance, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, family relations, father son relationship, terminal illness, alcohol abuse, parents and children, human nature, couple relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, writer's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Fire Within (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: bleak, gloomy, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, rehabilitation, addiction, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, melancholy, loneliness, downfall, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: paris france, france, europe, versailles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The End of Summer (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu’s most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, family business, adultery, dishonesty, parents and children, human nature, forbidden love, couples, love and romance, brewery, sister sister relationship ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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, winter, pastor, priest, faith, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, dishonesty, life is a bitch, society, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.6
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Martha (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: West Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A single woman in her early thirties, Martha (Margit Carstensen) is on vacation with her father in Europe when he has a heart attack and falls down dead...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: domination, manipulation, couples, honeymoon, marriage, marital abuse, violence against women, obsession, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, couple relations, fall in love ...
Time: 70s
Place: rome italy, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
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Whity (1971)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Whity" is the mulatto butler of the dysfunctional Nicholson family in the American southwest in 1878. The father, Ben Nicholson, has an attractive young wife Katherine, and two sons by a previous marriage; the homosexual Frank, and the ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, butler, injustice, power relations, couples, family relations, dark humor, social differences, vengeance, society, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Chinese Roulette (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A husband and wife lie to each other about their weekend travel plans, only to both show up at the family's country house with their lovers.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, psychological
Plot: infidelity, crutches, game, castle, mute, couples, disability, family relations, love and romance, mind game, mute or deaf, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, dysfunctional family, fall in love, family life, family in crisis, love affair, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 9K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: accident, family problems, couple relations, family relations, couples, parents and children, unfulfillment, small town, crumbling marriage, mother daughter relationship, domestic violence, police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6K
Lola (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, realistic, sexy, tense ...
Plot: femme fatale, corruption, brothel, prostitution, moral dilemma, redemption, love affair, cabaret, couples, post war, bribery, righting the wronged ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria, west germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%