Movies like Through a Glass Darkly

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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
 8.1
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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, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, meditative, enigmatic, reflective, talky ...
Plot: island, incest, mental illness, schizophrenia, dysfunctional family, confined, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, self destructing, family problems, human nature, couples, siblings relations, in-laws, mad, estrangement, daughter, brother sister incest, existentialism, religion, isolation, vacation, psychoanalysis, son in law ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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, bleak and realistic films with plots about obsession, dysfunctional family, storytelling, family problems, runaway, culture clash and loneliness mostly in Drama, Music and Romance genres. Some movies like Through a Glass Darkly: The Passion of Anna (1969), Winter Light (1963), Shame (1968), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Cries & Whispers (1972). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, couples, island, opposites attract, chaos and mayhem, love and romance, love affair, destiny, architect, deadly, friendship, solitude ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden
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95%
 8.2
 19K
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, psychological, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, faith, pastor, winter, priest, isolation, small town, introspection, society, human nature, nuclear, clergy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.1
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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, biting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, countryside, chaos and mayhem, crumbling marriage, battles, on the run, survival ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: island, isolation, artist, diary, mental illness, obsession, family relations, couples, family problems, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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, touching, psychological, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, estate, cancer, grudge, mansion, human nature, society, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, friendship, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.9
 16K
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, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: hotel, lesbian, terminal illness, rage, travel, sister sister relationship, desire, sex, incest, dysfunctional family, couples, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 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, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, couples, infidelity, isolation, danger, male nudity, snow, winter, brutality, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: greenland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 624
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: realistic, gloomy, stylized, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: physical appearance, in the woods, family relations, isolation, family problems, wilderness, human nature, romance, love and romance, love triangle, obsession, couple relations ...
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
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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: dysfunctional family, depression, parents and children, family problems, family relations, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, child abuse, remarry, brother sister relationship, marriage as hell, abusive stepfather, emotional abuse, beating, death of father ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak, psychological
Plot: murder, death, dream, crimes, crime, crumbling marriage, family problems, deadly, law enforcement, couples, dishonesty, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.3
 22K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany, 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, touching, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, reunion, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, family life, family reunited ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 1K
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, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: incest, forbidden love, parents and children, obsession, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, isolation, life is a bitch, village, sexual relations, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: talky, realistic, psychological, serious, touching ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, anniversary, cafe, couples, family problems, family life, family relations, human nature, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: father son relationship, youth, poverty, farm, immigrants, working class, parents and children, life is a bitch, island, social differences, misfit, down on your luck ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: clever, serious, sexual, surreal
Plot: society, artists and showbiz, love and romance, performer's life, couple relations, love triangle, infidelity, dishonesty, couples, actor's life, showbiz, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, psychological, serious, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life, family relations, family life, one day, drug abuse, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family problems, parents and children, family gatherings, siblings relations, couple relations, human nature, family relations, friends, couples, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, realistic, serious, depressing ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, one day, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, crumbling marriage, estrangement, couples, alcoholic, greed, wife husband relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.3
 2K
Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious
Plot: estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children, family in crisis, family gatherings, island, family relations, dysfunctional family, resort, hopes, family problems, introspection
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: love affair, infidelity, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, fall in love, hopes, romance, love and romance, crumbling marriage, human spirit, mental illness, love triangle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, atmospheric, psychological, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, american dream, parents and children, estrangement, siblings relations, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, elderly, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.1
 89K
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: nurse, confession, silence, postmodernism, actress, dream, psychiatry, patient, violence, betrayal, dreams, psychiatrist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.4
 3K
Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 154 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, lyrical, clever ...
Plot: adultery, betrayal, infidelity, custody, fall in love, love affair, crumbling marriage, destructive relationship, family problems, parents and children, rivalry, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, sweden, denmark, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, serious, meditative, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, mental illness, couple relations, couples, family relations, elderly, family, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.7
 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: emotional, psychological, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling relationship, family relations, breakup, family problems, couples, contact, destiny, human nature, introspection, golden years, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hamburg germany, helsinki finland, munich germany, florence italy, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, siblings relations, coming of age, puberty, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, youth, dealing with death, diary, adolescence ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 21K
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, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, hopes, save the world, nuclear, terminal illness, hysteria, danger, chase ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, sweden, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Serpent's Way (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids.
Style: disturbing, gloomy, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, countryside, brother sister incest, parents and children, woman in danger, family problems, strong sexual content, family relations, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, life is a bitch, suicide ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: incest, island, virginity, commune, coming of age, single parent, diabetic, illness, isolation, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, sexual exploration ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%