Movies like Winter Light

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Winter Light
Original name: Nattvardsgästerna
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, cerebral, meditative, melancholic, enigmatic, reflective, talky ...
Plot: small town, suicide, isolation, existentialism, religion, apocalypse, god, loneliness, clergy, swedish, relationships, love, dialogue driven, life & death, jesus, village, human nature, obsession, depression, introspection, death, winter, priest, redemption, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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The Ten Commandments
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Cries & Whispers
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Sweden
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out cerebral, melancholic, enigmatic and talky films with plots about loneliness, character study, existentialism, dialogue, culture clash, runaway and obsession mostly in Drama, Music and Horror genres. Some movies like Winter Light: The Silence (1963), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries & Whispers (1972), Fanny and Alexander (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Silence
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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 ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
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Through a Glass Darkly
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 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: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, meditative ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
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The Passion of Anna
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, serious, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: island, isolation, solitude, depression, suicide, relationships, life philosophy, guilt, existentialism, character study, opposites attract, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
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    User:   73%
 
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Cries & Whispers
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, psychological, sincere, serious ...
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Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
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Fanny and Alexander
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
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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.
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Style: emotional, bleak, talky, serious, reflective ...
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The Sacrifice
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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: bleak, psychological, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: sacrifice, insanity, human nature, existentialism, life & death, religion, apocalypse, god, russian, art, magic realism, storytelling ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, sweden, russia
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    User:   38%
 
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Faithless
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, serious, gloomy, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, betrayal, loneliness, relationships, swedish, guilt, romance, love affair, marriage, parents and children, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
The Fire Within
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, serious, gloomy, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: loneliness, addiction, suicide, existentialism, dysfunctional family, drinking, depression, french, crumbling marriage, downfall, rehabilitation, clinic ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, versailles, paris france
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System:   41%
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The Night
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, sexual, meditative, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, marriage, crumbling marriage, relationships, existentialism, human nature, nightclub, loneliness, introspection, party, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, los angeles, tokyo ...
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System:   40%
    User:   44%
 
The Ten Commandments
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, West Germany
Duration: 572 min.
Story: The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, serious, reflective ...
Plot: morality, philosophy, human nature, adultery, obsession, storytelling, loneliness, complex characters, redemption, relationships, solitude, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
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    User:   32%
 
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Winter Sleep
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Duration: 196 min.
Story: Aydin, a retired actor, owns a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal and his sister Necla, who is coping with her recent divorce. During the winter, snow covers the ground and boredom brings the return of old memories, pushing ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, serious, meditative, reflective ...
Plot: hotel, divorce, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, loneliness, dialogue driven, character study, rich and poor, relationships, islam, existentialism, dull life ...
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    User:   41%
 
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Scenes from a Marriage
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Country: Sweden
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden
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    User:   39%
 
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Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: serious, atmospheric, enigmatic, meditative, melancholic ...
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Time: 90s
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Persona
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Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: talky, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, sexual ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
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The Apostle
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Style: talky, realistic, touching, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, small town, christianity, religion, radio, christian, country, religions or cults, god, character study, jesus, coma ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
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Oslo, August 31st
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, intellectual, melancholic, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, drinking, writer's life, depression, human nature, drug addiction, character study, drugs, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, california, oslo norway
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    User:   29%
 
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Distant
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, meditative, art house ...
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, existentialism, love and romance, depression, isolation, guilt, urban, unfulfillment, pornography, drinking, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey, tokyo, istanbul turkey
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    User:   30%
 
Taste of Cherry
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: suicide, existentialism, on the road, loneliness, life, new wave, dialogue, soldier, relationships, obsessive quest, life & death, solitude ...
Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, tehran iran
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    User:   37%
 
My Life to Live
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, reflective, bleak ...
Plot: prostitution, philosophy, artist, prostitute, pimp, french, gunfight, photographer, existentialism, loneliness, childhood, new wave ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, tokyo, paris france
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System:   31%
    User:   26%
 
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Calvary
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, bleak, talky, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, irish, father daughter relationship, child abuse, murder, death, suicide attempt, clergy, catholicism, sexual abuse, human nature, death threat ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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    User:   27%
 
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Saraband
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: emotional, psychological, serious, bleak, reflective ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, loneliness, marriage, swedish, guilt, divorce, death, hospital, crumbling marriage, classical music, suicide attempt, drinking ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, munich germany, hamburg germany, st. petersburg russia, florence italy ...
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    User:   35%
 
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Five Easy Pieces
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: realistic, road movie, intellectual, serious, sincere ...
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, working class, rebellion, on the road, rebelliousness, existentialism, hitchhiker, social misfits, character study, obsession, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, southern california
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System:   31%
    User:   37%
 
The Sunset Limited
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, intellectual ...
Plot: religion, christianity, dialogue driven, atheism, dialogue, god, existentialism, depression, life & death, philosophy, mentor, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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System:   30%
    User:   27%
 
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Time Out
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: down on your luck, unemployment, workplace, loneliness, solitude, existentialism, dishonesty, countryside, character study, isolation, greed, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, switzerland, france, tokyo
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System:   30%
    User:   31%
 
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Nostalgia
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, emotional, meditative, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, culture clash, writer's life, memory, philosophy, human nature, russian, existentialism, poetry, art, self discovery, storytelling ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: italy, russia, europe, rome italy
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System:   28%
    User:   26%
 
Hour of the Wolf
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: surreal, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: artist, isolation, obsession, island, mental illness, surrealism, insanity, swedish, existentialism, losing-it hero, guilt, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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System:   28%
    User:   29%
 

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The Rite
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A judge in an unnamed country interviews three actors, together and singly, provoking them while investigating a pornographic performance for which they may face a fine. Their relationships are complicated: Sebastian, volatile, a heavy drinker, in ...
Style: surreal, serious, clever, sexual
Plot: actor's life, performer's life, human nature, couple relations, infidelity, love triangle, artists and showbiz, dishonesty, society, couples, showbiz, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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System:   28%
    User:   32%
 
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Faces
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, serious, clever, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prostitute, suburbs, betrayal, male nudity, drinking, crumbling marriage, human nature, character study, crime gone awry, introspection, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
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System:   27%
    User:   26%
 
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