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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Original name: Såsom i en spegel
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 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, bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, meditative, enigmatic, reflective, talky ...
Plot: mental illness, island, schizophrenia, incest, human nature, dysfunctional family, parents and children, daughter, siblings relations, family problems, family relations, couple relations, estrangement, confined, isolation, couples, existentialism, self destructing, in-laws, mad, religion, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, father in law ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden

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Most similar movies to Through a Glass Darkly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, realistic and bleak films with plots about obsession, family problems, family relations, loneliness, dysfunctional family, parents and children and existentialism mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Through a Glass Darkly: The Passion of Anna (1969), Winter Light (1963), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), Cries & Whispers (1972). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: island, isolation, couples, opposites attract, friendship, love affair, chaos and mayhem, destiny, deadly, love and romance, architect, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
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95%
 8.1
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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, atmospheric, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, priest, winter, pastor, faith, small town, clergy, isolation, human nature, village, introspection, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, surreal, bleak, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: island, artist, isolation, diary, obsession, losing-it hero, mental illness, crumbling marriage, breakdown, pregnant wife, couple relations, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 8.0
 10K
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, countryside, betrayal, civil war, politics, crumbling marriage, on the run, survival, introspection, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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, serious, sincere, touching, psychological ...
Plot: maid, terminal illness, estate, human nature, cancer, family problems, family relations, family life, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 15K
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, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: hotel, sex, desire, travel, rage, incest, terminal illness, lesbian, dysfunctional family, parents and children, sibling relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Sweden
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: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, psychological
Plot: dream, death, murder, crumbling marriage, investigation, obsession, crime, couple relations, infidelity, dysfunctional family, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, germany, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 2K
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: surreal, clever, serious, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.5
 16K
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: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, introspection, parents and children, urban, beach house, poet, white rose, beach, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
David and Lisa (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from schizophrenia.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, schizophrenia, teenage love, friendship, split personality, romance, love and romance, misfit, youth, unlikely couple, young lovers ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: sincere, surreal, serious, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: bishop, christmas, siblings relations, orphan, funeral, ghost, dysfunctional family, child abuse, young heroes, small town, child prodigy, sibling relationship ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 948
The Touch (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Sweden
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: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: love affair, infidelity, mentally unstable, small town, romance, crumbling marriage, love, human nature, introspection, couple relations, destructive relationship, forbidden love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.3
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, 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, bleak, talky ...
Plot: marriage, pianist, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, reunion, redemption, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: farm, island, father son relationship, coming of age, youth, immigrants, parents and children, emigrant, down on your luck, working class, society, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.1
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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, talky, surreal ...
Plot: confession, actress, nurse, psychiatry, silence, violence, patient, postmodernism, betrayal, dream, institution, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 2K
Zero Kelvin (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 118 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, bleak, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, isolation, obsessive quest, infidelity, danger, couples, male nudity, winter, snow, brutality, solitude ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: greenland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 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: serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic, clever ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, romance, love affair, parents and children, island, love and romance, couples, crumbling marriage, couple relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, france, sweden, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, talky, clever ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, mental illness, american dream, human nature, parents and children, family conflict, parent child relationship, extramarital affair, down on your luck, family in crisis, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, haunted by the past, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 1K
Family Life (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A 19 years old London girl received agressive psychiatric treatments for her schizophrenic behaviour by a doctor who still wants her family to insure the guard of the child without any regards to the facts that it is this family who's ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: schizophrenia, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, mentally unstable, social misfits, psychology, repression, psychiatry, going straight, human nature, doctors and patients, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
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Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, pregnancy, single parent, small town, dealing with death, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.1
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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, bleak, psychological, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, human nature, danger, life is a bitch, chase, save the world, redemption, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, sacrifice, terminal illness, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, sweden, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 6K
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florence italy, st. petersburg russia, hamburg germany, helsinki finland, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Waking Madison (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman suffering from multiple personality disorder tries to piece back together her life.
Style: atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: mental illness, dissociative identity disorder, dominatrix, mentally unstable, obsessive quest, doctors and patients, confined, power relations, phone sex, psychiatrist, choking, nightclub ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: forbidden love, incest, siblings relations, village, lake or river, dysfunctional family, homecoming, family relations, human nature, obsession, parents and children, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, homelessness, photographer, schizophrenia, friendship, city life, urban, social misfits, urban ghetto, teaching the ways of the world, urban ghetto life, injustice ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, pregnancy, battle of the sexes, crumbling marriage, redemption, couple relations, infidelity, parents and children, haunted by the past, love and romance, couples, family problems ...
Time: 50s
Place: mississippi, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 890
Steppenwolf (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, France, Italy, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and being a beast. He's decided to die on his 50th birthday, ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, surreal, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: jazz, split personality, introspection, spirituality, buddhism, midlife crisis, unfulfillment, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, mozart, dance lesson ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: clever, gloomy, serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: addiction, irish, dysfunctional family, sailor, actor, terminal illness, family life, one day, morphine, crumbling marriage, redemption, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 8K
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, clever, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, yuppie, parents and children, couples, family problems, family relations, friends, human nature, couple relations, siblings relations, family gatherings ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: vermont, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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