Movies like Through a Glass Darkly

If you like "Through a Glass Darkly" you are looking for psychological, serious and bleak movies about / with island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, brother sister incest and electroshock therapy themes of Drama genre shot in Sweden.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
 8.0
 24K
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Original name: Såsom i en spegel
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 confused by Karin's vulnerability and his own budding sexuality. Their father, David, cannot overcome his haughty remoteness. Beset by visions, Karin descends further into madness.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, contemplative, mad, meditative, enigmatic ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, brother sister incest, electroshock therapy, dysfunctional family, confined, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, self destructing, family problems, human nature, couples, siblings relations, estrangement, in-laws, daughter, existentialism, religion, isolation, vacation, psychoanalysis ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Through a Glass Darkly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about obsession, dysfunctional family, family problems, storytelling, culture clash, dialogue and family relations mostly in Drama, Music and Horror genres. Some movies like Through a Glass Darkly: Hour of the Wolf (1968), The Passion of Anna (1969), Winter Light (1963), Shame (1968), A Lake (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, castle, voyeurism, nightmare, mental illness, swedish ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: eastern europe, sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, couples, island, solitude, friendship, love affair, architect, love and romance, opposites attract, deadly, destiny, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: eastern europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 8.1
 23K
Winter Light (1963)
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 ...
Plot: suicide, priest, faith, winter, pastor, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, family problems, family relations, nuclear, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.0
 13K
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, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, crumbling marriage, on the run, battles, introspection, political unrest, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: scandinavia, eastern europe, sweden, israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 701
A Lake (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi, the brother, is a young man with pure heart. A woodcutter. An ...
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: physical appearance, mysterious character, family relations, forbidden love, wilderness, human nature, family problems, obsession, couple relations, romance, losing-it hero, love triangle ...
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, society, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, human nature, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, ghost, childhood, brother sister relationship, child abuse, abusive stepfather, marriage as hell, emotional abuse, family relations, death of father, beating ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 90s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.9
 18K
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, travel, sister sister relationship, rage, lesbianism, incest, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 2K
Zero Kelvin (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Larsen, an aspiring poet in '20s Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbæk, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, danger, couples, isolation, infidelity, male nudity, snow, poet, arctic, winter ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: greenland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 29K
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, reflective, sincere, touching, 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 ⇓
58%
 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, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
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, ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, psychological, touching, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, family problems, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.1
 26K
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 ⇓
51%
 7.6
 7K
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, human nature, couples, family problems, family in crisis, destiny, breakup ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, eastern europe, munich germany, helsinki finland, florence italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 2K
Delta (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new place by building a new home for himself on the delta. But ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: incest, forbidden love, parents and children, brother sister incest, family problems, life is a bitch, isolation, obsession, dysfunctional family, human nature, homecoming, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 107K
Persona (1966)
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 ...
Style: atmospheric, sexual, psychological, experimental, talky ...
Plot: nurse, confession, actress, postmodernism, dream, psychiatry, patient, betrayal, dreams, identity crisis, sexual activity, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, meditative ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, life is a bitch, parents and children, island, misfit, family relations, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, realistic, serious, 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 ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 3K
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, 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 ⇓
47%
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Austria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter Egermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "Scenes From A Marriage." After Peter ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, dream, death, investigation, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, prostitute, deadly, crimes, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 9K
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, family problems, parents and children, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, human nature, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: alcoholic, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, estrangement, couples, crumbling marriage, alcohol abuse, one day, greed ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Cement Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After the death of her husband, the mother of Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. Aware that she is going to have to go into hospital she opens a bank account for the children, so that they can be financially ...
Style: disturbing, serious, psychological, realistic, talky ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, coming of age, siblings relations, family relations, puberty, teenage life, parents and children, youth, dealing with death, diary, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 19K
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 ⇓
45%
 4.7
 651
Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: family life, family relations, homecoming, under the surface, family gatherings, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, siblings relations, strong female presence, family in crisis, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, deception, thief, swindle, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 2K
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: realistic, serious, psychological
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: 20th century, 70s
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Kira's Reason: A Love Story (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kira and Mads try to work out their marriage, after Kira has been two years in a mental institution, but is she really ready for the real world?
Style: serious, talky, clever, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, depression, family problems, starting over, family relations, dysfunctional family, real world, mentally unstable, human nature, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 775
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, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, master and servant, society, couple relations, self discovery, family in crisis, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Death of a Salesman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make ...
Style: emotional, psychological, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, elderly, mental illness, family relations, american dream, estrangement, parents and children, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%