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The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
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The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Original name: Mùa hè chiều thẳng đứng
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, insects and water and the way the lighting enhances the subtle use of color. They all combine to gem-like effect here.
Style: sincere, psychological, sentimental, touching, serious, melancholic, emotional, talky, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family relations, family life, couples, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems, human nature, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, anniversary, marriage, sister sister relationship, double life, adultery, sibling relationship, couple relations, incest, family drama, bittersweet, extramarital affair, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and sincere films with plots about family relations, couples, family problems, parents and children, love and romance, unfulfillment and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like The Vertical Ray of the Sun: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), Nine Lives (2005), Broken Wings (2002), A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), Shoot the Moon (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Vietnam, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, visually appealing ...
Plot: family relations, love, master and servant, coming of age, love affair, parents and children, love and romance, romance, youth, society, couples, photograph ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
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100%
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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, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, love and romance, love affair, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
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47%
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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, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, midlife crisis, couple relations, family life, human nature, love and romance, family problems, haunted by the past, innocence lost, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Blanche Dubois goes to visit her pregnant sister and husband Stanley in New Orleans. Stanley doesn't like her, and starts pushing her for information on some property he know was left to the sisters. He discovers she has mortgaged the place and ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, psychological, touching, serious ...
Plot: abusive husband, sister sister relationship, mental illness, pregnancy, rape, family problems, family relations, unfulfillment, redemption, obsession, infidelity, love and romance ...
Time: 50s
Place: new orleans, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, breakup, family problems, family in crisis, love affair, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, lifestyle, dishonesty, imaginary friend, adultery, crumbling marriage, love and romance, mentally unstable ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, couples, family relations, adultery, parents and children, family problems, friends, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, family in crisis, family life, parents and children, unfulfillment, romance, family problems, brother sister relationship, family relations, cripple, collection ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: sincere, touching, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, vengeance, family problems, crumbling marriage, couples, family relations, dishonesty, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Gilles' Wife (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her coquettish younger sister, Victorine. Elise suffers, usually in ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, infidelity, pregnancy, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, jealousy, love affair, dysfunctional family, society, couples, family problems ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, gender, parents and children, family problems, society, unfulfillment, family drama, sexuality, lgbt, depression, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, couple relations, family life, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, child birth, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, human nature, family life, friendship, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, family business, adultery, parents and children, dishonesty, love and romance, couples, human nature, forbidden love, brewery, extramarital affair ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Charms for the Easy Life (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.
Style: sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, small town life, family relations, family life, fall in love, homecoming, family problems, healing power, love and romance, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: stylized, atmospheric, sexy, sexual, tense ...
Plot: infidelity, hospital, nightclub, terminal illness, writers, party, midlife crisis, couple relations, friendship, parents and children, human nature, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: italy, milan italy, europe, los angeles, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, family problems, estrangement, couple relations, self discovery, family in crisis, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 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, psychological, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, writer's life, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Making Plans for Lena (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids. She valiantly overcomes the obstacles put in her way. But she has yet to confront the worst of them: Her unstoppable family has decided, by any ...
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family gatherings, divorce, family problems, parents and children, family relations, couples, siblings relations, countryside, human nature, love and romance, florist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, europe, rome italy, paris france, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: psychological, serious, realistic, 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 ⇓
29%
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Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Inheritance (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young Danish man, Christoffer, lives a life of joy and happiness with his wife Maria in Stockholm. When his father dies his mother insists that Christoffer take over management of the family industry which is in danger of bankruptcy. He is torn ...
Style: serious, sincere, enigmatic, meditative, stylized ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, family business, family life, inheritance, parents and children, love and romance, crumbling marriage, family problems, family values, society, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sweden, denmark, europe, stockholm sweden, south of france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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All You Need (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Beth's life was going backwards. Her husband suddenly walks out on her, she has an alcoholic mother, an ambivalent father and so she decides to begin making a change by going back to school in order to take charge of her life.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, drunkenness, thanksgiving, lifestyle, social decay, society, family problems, family gatherings, parents and children, couple relations, human nature, family life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Forgive Me (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Violette, an expectant wife, who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family, to be shown to her (as yet) unborn son.Through her ever-present lens, Violette begins to unearth one nasty family secret after ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, family problems, couples, uncover truth, infidelity, parents and children, disturbed childhood, adultery, father daughter relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
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Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, parents and children, culture clash, youth, single parent, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 154 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, sincere, contemplative, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, love affair, custody, fall in love, crumbling marriage, family problems, destructive relationship, rivalry, parents and children, love triangle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, sweden, denmark, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Signs & Wonders (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Greece
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Under the influence of signs and premonitions, a man allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with his colleague.
Style: emotional, clever, serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: love triangle, love affair, introspection, life turned upside down, dishonesty, dysfunctional family, infidelity, obsession, midlife crisis, destructive relationship, couple relations, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, france, greece, sweden, athens ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Nenette and Boni (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: psychological, art house, melancholic, sexy, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, teenage life, siblings relations, love and romance, human nature, single parent, coming of age, erotica, school, pregnancy, sexuality ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Normal (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A deadly car accident brings together a group of previously unrelated people, each of whom is forced to deal with the emotional fallout.
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: stepmother stepson relationship, incest overtones, adultery, alcohol abuse, mother son incest, obsession, haunted by the past, family life, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Automatic (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Everyone falls into self destructive habits. Automatic lets us view a small cross-section of the lives of six characters as they struggle to break free from the automatic behavior that drives their lives.
Style: sincere, emotional, bleak, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: love and romance, sexual relations, couple relations, destiny, human nature, couples, family problems, hopes, womanizer, fall in love, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%