Movies like Persona

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 8.1
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Persona
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.
Style: talky, surreal, psychological, atmospheric, sexual, disturbing, enigmatic, serious, cerebral, meditative ...
Plot: dreams, existentialism, surrealism, confession, actress, nurse, psychology, postmodernism, swedish, loneliness, art, storytelling, secrets, obsession, insanity, visceral, silence, psychiatry, identity, losing-it hero, character study, women, life & death, patient, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
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Through a Glass Darkly
Drama
Sweden
89 min.
 8.1
Autumn Sonata
Drama, Music
France, West Germany, Sweden, UK
99 min.
 8.3
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out talky, cerebral, enigmatic and melancholic films with plots about obsession, loneliness, dialogue, existentialism, storytelling, character study and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Persona: The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries & Whispers (1972), Shame (1968), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Hour of the Wolf (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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. ...
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Cries & Whispers
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, touching, psychological, sincere, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, death, cancer, adultery, love, human nature, sisters, loneliness, relationships, life & death, swedish ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
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Shame
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: bleak, psychological, biting, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: war, island, civil war, betrayal, politics, countryside, wartime, swedish, brutality, soldier, character study, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel
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System:   71%
    User:   71%
 
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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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    User:   81%
 
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 ...
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Autumn Sonata
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Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
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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 ...
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: hotel, dysfunctional family, incest, existentialism, sexuality, drinking, loneliness, relationships, male nudity, sisters, swedish, god ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
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System:   59%
    User:   65%
 
Woman in the Dunes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, psychological, art house ...
Plot: desert, isolation, existentialism, surrealism, human nature, loneliness, love affair, storytelling, captivity, solitude, art, imagination ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   49%
 
Scenes from a Marriage
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 283 min.
Story: Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter ...
Style: talky, realistic, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: loneliness, marriage, divorce, crumbling marriage, relationships, love, romance, introspection, honest, love story, couple relations, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   63%
 
Fanny and Alexander
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: surreal, atmospheric, emotional, clever, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, bishop, christmas, orphan, swedish, surrealism, young heroes, small town, family drama, parents and children, loneliness ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   49%
 
 7.7
 6K
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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System:   50%
    User:   59%
 
 7.7
 33K
The Tenant
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, suicide, mental illness, identity, mystery, supernatural, paranoia, insanity, conspiracy, surrealism, ghost, psychology ...
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System:   47%
    User:   40%
 
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The Isle
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
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Story: Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, sexual, serious, enigmatic ...
Audience: girls' night
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Knife in the Water
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Time: 20th century, 60s
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System:   42%
    User:   43%
 
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 3K
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
Place: denmark, france, sweden, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   33%
 
 7.6
 6K
The Butcher
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, mystery, small town, obsession, investigation, couple relations, stylish, new wave, brutality, relationships, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   40%
 
 6.8
 33K
Spider
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, murder, schizophrenia, storytelling, memory, paranoia, surrealism, mentally unstable, insanity, spiders, psychology, psychiatry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, africa, britain, east end london
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System:   39%
    User:   44%
 
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 11K
3 Women
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, stylized, semi serious ...
Plot: desert, surrealism, artist, suicide attempt, loneliness, identity, friendship, women, dreams, relationships, character study, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   34%
 
 7.8
 16K
The Trial
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, surrealism, fighting the system, courtroom, existentialism, imagination, guilt, workplace, expressionism, dreams, paranoid, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 18th century, 1920s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   35%
 
 7.8
 41K
Repulsion
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, loneliness, rape, insanity, paranoia, isolation, murder, surrealism, psychology, losing-it hero, sexual abuse, sisters ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   100%
 
Bringing Out the Dead
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: bleak, psychological, atmospheric, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, drug addiction, violence, drugs, drug abuse, goth, dealing with death, death, coma, drugs/alcohol, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: obsession, surrealism, mental illness, murder, suburbs, insanity, psychopath, crimes, runaway, deadly, storytelling, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new orleans, peru, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   30%
 
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Felicia's Journey
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A solitary middle-aged bachelor and a naive Irish teenager transform one another's lives to arrive at a place of recognition, redemption and wisdom in Atom Egoyan's adaptation of William Trevor's celebrated 1994 novel. Seventeen and ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspense, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: serial killer, irish, loneliness, violence, murder, insanity, unlikely criminals, obsession, haunted by the past, psychology, runaway, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   34%
 
 7.8
 31K
Confessions
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, teacher, revenge, bullying, unlikely criminals, storytelling, mentor, violence, twists & turns, brutality, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   37%
 
 7.5
 17K
I Stand Alone
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, psychological, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: pornography, existentialism, incest, violence, losing-it hero, brutality, loneliness, revenge, life philosophy, sexualized violence, vengeance, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   30%
 
 7.1
 3K
Tokyo Fist
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair with his fiance Hizuru. After an altercation, Tsuda begins ...
Style: surreal, stylized, disturbing, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: obsession, vengeance, violence, loneliness, gory, surrealism, revenge, brutality, visceral, athlete's life, cyberpunk, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   31%
 
 7.7
 18K
Europa
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American, Leopold Kessler, goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world. He meets Katharina ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: train, idealism, assassination, fascism, betrayal, german, nazi, haunted by the past, visceral, jews, love, nazis ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, frankfurt germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   29%
    User:   33%
 

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The Comfort of Strangers
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An Italian diplomat's son follows and seduces English lovers in Venice.
Style: sexual, suspenseful, erotic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, culture clash, marriage, bdsm, hotel, relationships, couple relations, twists & turns, psychology, infidelity, crime gone awry, mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: venice, europe, italy
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System:   28%
    User:   32%
 
The Element of Crime
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the ...
Style: surreal, bleak, atmospheric, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder, police investigation, surrealism, neo noir, existentialism, neo-noir, murder mystery, surveillance, mentor, insanity ...
Time: future
Place: africa, egypt, europe, middle east, cairo egypt
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System:   28%
    User:   29%
 
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