Movies like The River 1997

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The River (1997)
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The River (1997)
Original name: 河流
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In Taiwan a young man with a mysterious paralysis massages his neck with his mother's dildo, meanwhile the rain is flooding the island.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, serious, realistic, contemplative, no music
Plot: family relations, river, youth, friendship, friends, disability, parents and children, love and romance, family life, love affair, family problems, society, chaos and mayhem, lake or river, chaos, gender, isolation, cure, actor's life, gays and lesbians, coming of age, family in crisis, sex, dog, gay ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, china, asia, taipei

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, love and romance, youth, sex, father son relationship, couples and mother son relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Musical genres. Some movies like The River: What Time Is It There? (2001), Vive L'Amour (1994), I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006), Close to Leo (2002), Come Undone (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
What Time Is It There? (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection. He changes all the clocks in Taipei to French time.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, isolation, death in the family, lifestyle, unfulfillment, estrangement, french, insomnia, father son relationship, drinking, drinking alcohol, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, japan, asia, paris france, hong kong ...
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Vive L'Amour (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who's stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.
Style: serious, erotic, meditative, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: love triangle, friendship, couples, love and romance, city life, unfulfillment, nothing goes right, human nature, sex, jealousy, character study, multiple storylines ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, asia, taipei, tokyo
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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Malaysia, China, Taiwan, France, Austria
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forest fires burn in Sumatra; a smoke covers Kuala Lumpur. Grifters beat an immigrant day laborer and leave him on the streets. Rawang, a young man, finds him, carries him home, cares for him, and sleeps next to him. In a loft above lives a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, atmospheric, surreal, serious ...
Plot: love triangle, identity crisis, longing, rescue, love and romance, society, memory loss, isolation, coma, homeless man, gay, natural disaster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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54%
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Close to Leo (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When 21 year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he's HIV+, his family quickly rallys around him. Leo travels to Paris with his youngst brother Marcel for treatment. When Leo tries to push his brother ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, tragic hero, family life, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, pregnancy, coming out, hiv ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe, brittany
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Come Undone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: gay, male nudity, teenage life, love affair, depression, beach, youth, coming out, dysfunctional family, romance, fall in love, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, brittany, france, italy
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Days (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Kang lives alone in a big house, Non in a small apartment in town. They meet, and then part, their days flowing on as before.
Style: psychological, sincere, complex, disturbing
Plot: gay sex, gay, society, gay relationship, youth, disorder, class differences, hopes, life philosophy, friendship, unemployment, social satire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: taiwan
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A Brief Vacation (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Vittorio De Sica's A Brief Vacation (Una Breva Vacanza) stars Florinda Bolkan as a downtrodden working woman. Forced to support herself, her children, her physically incapacitated husband and her obtrusive brother and mother, Bolkan contracts ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: mountain, factory, friendship, couples, couple relations, self discovery, love affair, human nature, unemployment, fall in love, fish out of water, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy, milan italy
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You Are Not Alone (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Young teenager Bo (Anders Agensø) is too sensitive for the hothouse atmosphere of a boarding school run by a cold, unfeeling would-be man of the cloth (an uncharacteristically grim Ove Sprogøe). Lonely and scared, he finds a soul mate in the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, erotic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, coming of age, youth, teenage life, family relations, love and romance, friends, couples, lifestyle, school, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Or (My Treasure) (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel Aviv. Ruthie calls Or "my treasure," but ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, bleak, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: escort service, prostitute, family relations, prostitution, coming of age, parents and children, life is a bitch, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, youth, society, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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His Brother (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Thomas has been estranged from his brother Luc for several years, due in part to his difficulties in dealing with Luc's homosexuality. But when Thomas is diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which is difficult to treat and impossible to cure, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: terminal illness, gay, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, brother brother relationship, reconciliation, human nature, homosexual, suffering, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Wayward Cloud (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: France, Taiwan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hsiao-Kang, now working as an adult movie actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket.
Style: surreal, humorous, porno movie, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: isolation, filmmaking, water shortage, actor's life, love and romance, lifestyle, strong sexual content, sexual perversion, human nature, society, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Village Affair (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on the bestselling novel by Joanna Trollope Recently returned to England from New York City, vivacious heiress Clodagh Unwin befriends a couple new to her village. The husband is entranced by the young aristocrat, but Clodagh has eyes for ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: village life, romance, infidelity, adultery, family life, family relations, love and romance, family problems, society, dishonesty, love affair, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Saturn in Opposition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This film focuses on contemporary 30- and 40-somethings trying to make sense of their lives in an age in which the old certainties have disappeared. Lorenzo and Davide make their lives together within a circle that includes Antonio and Angelica, ...
Style: sincere, talky, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, couple relations, infidelity, family problems, gay, introspection, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, dealing with death, dinner party, estrangement, bereavement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Defying his parents, disaffected youth Hsiao Kang drops out of the local cram school to head for the bright lights of downtown Taipei. He falls in with Ah Tze, a young hoodlum, and their relationship is a confused mixture of hero-worship and rivalry ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric
Plot: family relations, innocence lost, urban, school, teenage life, city life, vengeance, athlete and trainer, estrangement, resentment, society, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: taipei, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dust in the Wind (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone thinks they are meant for each other, so do they. They fail to ...
Style: touching, rough, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parents and children, apprentice, family relations, delivery, life is a bitch, innocence lost, love affair, working class, teenage life, tragic love, down on your luck, city life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: taiwan, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The River (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Finland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck musician in need of a loan, arrives to his father's ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, captivating, suspense
Plot: family relations, love and romance, dysfunctional family, couple relations, unfulfillment, hopes, youth, gays and lesbians, estrangement, family problems, couples, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 375
Summer Games (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic's parents remain trapped in a precarious mutual dependency despite repeated attempts at reconciliation, their 12-year-old son tries to come to terms ...
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic, touching
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, family problems, dysfunctional family, family relations, parents and children, resort, father son relationship, teenage boy, fight, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Witnesses (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Manu arrives in Paris, in the early days of AIDS, at the beginning of the 1980s. He strikes up a friendship with Adrien, a wealthy doctor in his early fifties, who introduces him to Sarah and Mehdi, a young couple.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, clever ...
Plot: gay, aids, friendship, moral dilemma, opera singer, siblings relations, love and romance, gay sex, sexual promiscuity, gender, family relations, childbirth ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, year 1985
Place: paris france, france, europe, marseille, lyon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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From Beginning to End (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: gay, romance, forbidden love, gays and lesbians, family relations, lovers apart, gay athlete, gay sex, adolescence vs adulthood, incest, passionate interest, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america, argentina, buenos aires argentina, rio de janeiro ...
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31%
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To Our Loves (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men ...
Style: gloomy, sexual, psychological, sexy, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, coming of age, family relations, looking for sex, downfall, juvenile delinquency, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
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31%
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The Hole (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Sci-Fi
Country: Taiwan, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the final days of the year 1999, most everyone in Taiwan has died. A strange plague has ravished the island. Supposedly spread by cockroaches, the disease sends its victims into a psychosis where they act like the insects. Eventually, they die. ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, atmospheric, futuristic, dark humor ...
Plot: fall in love, plague, human nature, social decay, society, deadly, future dystopia, parents and children, family life, isolation, terminal illness, quarantine ...
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Today and Tomorrow (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This movie tells a story of young people from 'Ant tribe' in Beijing. By telling the story of these young people, Today and Tomorrow shows the psychological changes of college graduates. It reflects their confusion about future and love. ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: friendship, unemployment, society, life is a bitch, friends, cause and meaning, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, twentysomething life, gays and lesbians, gender, friend, chinese ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bored, horny, and frustrated, a woman begins an affair with a teenage boy.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, older woman younger man sex, love affair, family problems, infidelity, adultery, family relations, sexually frustrated woman, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Some Things That Stay (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story of a teenage girl from a liberal upbringing who moves to a conservative baptist community in rural 1950s America.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, family relations, teenage love, love affair, romance, family problems, life turned upside down, love and romance, youth, teenage life, family life, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Three Dancing Slaves (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Annecy is no tourist destination for three working-class Algerian brothers and their father, in the months after their mother has died. Marc is deeply troubled: he tries to stiff drug dealers and then plots revenge. Christophe is released from jail, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, working class, drug dealing, going straight, youth, family problems, teenage life, vengeance, redemption, transsexual, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, alps
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27%
The Twilight of the Golds (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She must decide whether to keep the child, or to have an ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, acceptance, abortion, genetics, baby, genetic engineering, family problems, unfulfillment, gender, single parent, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. ...
Style: touching, psychological, contemplative, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, unfaithful wife, marriage, friendship, betrayal, adultery, forbidden love, family problems, love affair, best friends, dishonesty, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Head On (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, queer cinema ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, racism, friendship, coming out, unemployment, family relations, bisexuality, gay interest, gay, love and romance, life is a bitch, gender ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: melbourne australia, australia, melbourne, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Conrad Boys (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After his mother dies, 19-year-old Charlie Conrad skips college to raise his 9-year-old brother, Ben, in this moving drama. But the heavy responsibility soon causes Charlie to yearn for a normal life. Things start to look up when he embarks on a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: gay teenager, family relations, college, dysfunctional family, estrangement, couples, longing, family problems, child as adult, youth, mysterious character, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Lost in Paradise (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Vietnam
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Khoi, a naive twenty-year-old, travels to Ho Chi Minh City from the countryside to begin a new life. It's his first time in the big city and he's looking for a place to live. He befriends Dong, a handsome extrovert who offers to share his ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, prostitute, love affair, gay relationship, mentally challenged, pimp, love and romance, friends, gender, love triangle, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, vietnam, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%