Movies like Winter Light

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Winter Light (1963)
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Winter Light (1963)
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, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative, cerebral, meditative ...
Plot: suicide, winter, faith, pastor, priest, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, village, suicidal, family relations, clergy, religions or cults, parents and children, life is a bitch, self discovery, infidelity, village life, hopes, family problems, nuclear, society, human nature, couples, small town life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: scandinavia, sweden, eastern europe

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Most similar movies to Winter Light

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, realistic and talky films with plots about melancholy, dialogue, existentialism, culture clash, character study, loneliness and crime gone awry mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Winter Light: Through a Glass Darkly (1961), The Silence (1963), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries & Whispers (1972), The Rite (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, brother sister incest, electroshock therapy, dysfunctional family, family problems, estrangement, self destructing, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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95%
 7.9
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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: sexual, sexy, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hotel, female masturbation, lesbian, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, desire, rage, travel, sister sister relationship, lesbianism, incest, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, depression, couples, island, solitude, friendship, love affair, love and romance, opposites attract, deadly, destiny, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: eastern europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, friendship, family life, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 7.1
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The Rite (1969)
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: sexual, clever, surreal, sexy, serious ...
Plot: human nature, couple relations, artists and showbiz, performer's life, love and romance, society, dishonesty, actor's life, lifestyle, couples, love triangle, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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, suspense, biting, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, crumbling marriage, on the run, battles, introspection, political unrest, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe, israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, emotional, serious, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 30K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, Sweden, 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, sincere, touching, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, handicapped, reunion, family life, parents and children, family problems, family relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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 ...
Plot: bishop, christmas, abusive stepfather, ghost, childhood, brother sister relationship, child abuse, emotional abuse, marriage as hell, family relations, beating, death of father ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 90s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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The Touch (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: love affair, infidelity, destructive relationship, human nature, couple relations, love triangle, small town, introspection, fall in love, moral dilemma, small town life, mental illness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 ⇓
61%
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Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 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, crumbling marriage, family problems, dishonesty, redemption, couples, family relations, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
After the Rehearsal (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, West Germany
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg's ...
Style: clever, psychological, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, family in crisis, introspection, love affair, alcohol abuse, showbiz, hopes, mentally unstable, actor's life, lifestyle, aging, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, touching, sincere, meditative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, introspection, love and romance, golden years, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, human nature, breakup, hopes, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hamburg germany, eastern europe, florence, australia, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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 ⇓
57%
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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, sincere, tense, contemplative, gloomy ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, love affair, custody, fall in love, family problems, crumbling marriage, destructive relationship, parents and children, rivalry, love triangle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, sweden, denmark, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 5K
Time Out (2001)
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: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, crimes, society, dishonesty, thief, swindle, deception, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 8.0
 298K
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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Distant (2002)
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, psychological, touching, sincere, lyrical ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, family relations, recession, introspection, love and romance, society, looking for love, down on your luck, human nature, male female relationship, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, middle east, istanbul turkey, tokyo, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.2
 14K
The Apostle (1997)
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, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: coma, redemption, preacher, small town, minister, forgiveness, jealousy, country, radio, sin, religions or cults, small town life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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 ⇓
54%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, contemplative, offbeat ...
Plot: midlife crisis, self discovery, family life, writer's life, introspection, couple relations, family relations, couples, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, playwright, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 ⇓
53%
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 7.4
 19K
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 ⇓
53%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, dishonesty, life is a bitch, couples, understanding, family relations, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
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: thought provoking, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, introspection, thirtysomething life, drugs/alcohol, identity crisis, loneliness, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.8
 11K
Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, alcohol abuse, drowning, family relations, suicide, humiliation, police officer, alibi, poacher, coming of age, innocence lost, village life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, island, diary, surrealism, artist, insanity, insomnia, voyeurism, nightmare, castle, mental illness, swedish ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: scandinavia, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, pardon, forgiveness, friendship, starting over, self discovery, hopes, society, clergy, warden, blind character, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, danger, life is a bitch, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, village life ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%