Movies like The Castle 1997

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The Castle (1997)
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The Castle (1997)
Original name: Das Schloß
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Michael Haneke's adaptation of Franz Kafka's unfinished novel Das Schloss. K arrives in a remote village a stranger. In attempting to establish himself there, he enters the nightmarish world of the castle bureaucracy.
Style: allegory, psychological, atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic, surreal, enigmatic
Plot: village, bureaucracy, distopia, life is a bitch, village life, uninvited guest, society, social relations, palaces castles and temples, castle, fall in love, inspector, barmaid, falling in love
Place: germany, europe, austria

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, atmospheric and psychological films with plots about village, village life, society, life is a bitch, social relations, female nudity and death mostly in Drama, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like The Castle: Jew-Boy Levi (1999), Funny Games (1997), 4 (2004), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), Autumn (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Jew-Boy Levi (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Benjamin Levi (Bruno Cathomas) is a Bavarian cattle dealer traveling to pre-World War II Germany on his annual trip to a remote farming village. Levi hopes to do some business and, more importantly, win the hand of the lovely Lisbeth (Caroline ...
Style: touching, bleak, disturbing, emotional, biting ...
Plot: countryside, social differences, wartime life, village life, village, anti semitism, survival, isolation, life is a bitch, society, injustice, life turned upside down ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, germany
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95%
 6.8
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The Castle (1968)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: West Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man comes to a small village to begin his new job as an attendant at the nearby castle. But everybody in the village claims that he surely must be mistaken, there is no need for an attendant at the castle.
Style: allegory
Plot: bureaucracy, alienation, love, anxiety, death, castle, bar, village, satire, inspector, puzzle, barmaid ...
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89%
 7.6
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Funny Games (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Style: disturbing, surprise ending, psychological, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: sadism, torment, family in danger, serial killer, psychopath, humiliation, isolation, danger, crimes, deadly, violence spree, vacation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.6
 2K
4 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Russia, Netherlands
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Two men and a woman happen to meet in a bar. We learn from their conversations both the intriguing and banal details of their lives. But is anyone really telling the truth?
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing, surreal, tense ...
Plot: bar, social decay, haunted by the past, human nature, dull life, social relations, estrangement, life is a bitch, society, graphic violence, nihilism, village ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Hungary, Italy, Germany, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather — without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: small town, delusion, musician, chaos, philosophy, crimes, social relations, small town life, village life, danger, symbolism, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.8
 6K
Autumn (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: prostitute, love affair, homecoming, starting over, family relations, society, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, reconciliation, fighting illness, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, black sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.8
 162
Last Winter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young farmer in Central France tries to sustain his spiritual connection to the land amid the crushing pressures of modern agriculture in this brooding drama.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy
Plot: countryside, farm, society, workplace, nothing goes right, estrangement, workplace situations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social relations, village life, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.8
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The Trial (1962)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
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, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, distopia, fighting the system, false accusation, courtroom, courtroom drama, conspiracy, deadly, on the run, legal action, legal, rebellion ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1920s, 18th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 255
Anchoress (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Enter the medieval world of Christine Carpenter, a visionary girl who is to become an Anchoress (walled-in recluse) so that she can "live in the Virgin's house forever." Based on actual letters that were written about such an ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, bleak, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: mysterious character, life is a bitch, woman in danger, redemption, innocence lost, village, village life, isolation, religions or cults, clergy, society, virgin mary ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Teorema (1968)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A wealthy Italian household is turned upside down when a handsome stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives, makes love to every family member and then disappears. Each has an epiphany of sorts, but none can figure out who the seductive visitor was or why he ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, village, miraculous event, stranger, visitor, family problems, couple relations, lifestyle, mysterious character, society, dull life, nosy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.2
 167
Mysteries (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the winter of 1891 a stranger arrives in a small coastal town on the Isle of Man. His presence soon disturbs the lives of the local inhabitants, especially the beautiful daughter of the parson.
Style: serious, surprise ending, enigmatic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: small town, mysterious character, mystery, obsession, social relations, stranger, nudity (full frontal - brief), rich man, coast, suicide, intrigue, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Inheritors (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a small farming valley in Austria in the beginning of the 20th century a tyrannical farmer is found dead, and all the farmhands are relieved to be free of their tyrant. But the farmer was childless, so suddenly they all inherit the farm together. ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric, allegory
Plot: village life, village, murder, peasant, rape, last will and testament, farm, farm hand, vengeance, human nature, lifestyle, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1890s, 19th century ...
Place: austria, europe, new york, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.5
 560
Cold Light (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland, Norway, UK, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. A catastrophe that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, life is a bitch, midlife crisis, childhood trauma, unfulfillment, young love, childhood memory, village, village life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
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Siddhartha (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: India, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin and his search for a meaningful way of life. His journey takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness and harmony that he ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, contemplative, realistic, serious
Plot: materialism, road not taken, self discovery, youth, society, unfulfillment, hopes, reincarnation, sexuality, river, buddhism, ferry ...
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 366
The Outlander (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 138 min.
Story: It is the early 20th century. A stranger arrives in the small, rural community and disrupts the lives of its inhabitants. The man, who refuses to give his name, is dubbed The Outlander. A traveller who disdains conventional behaviour and ...
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, friends, love affair, village, village life, fall in love, social relations, family relations, stranger, rivalry, love and romance, obstacle ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
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Zift (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Moth is freed on parole after spending time in prison on wrongful conviction of murder. Jailed shortly before the Bulgarian communist coup of 1944, he now finds himself in a new and alien world - the totalitarian Sofia of the 60s. His first night of ...
Style: dark humor, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, crimes, dictatorship, jail, sex, one night, deadly, confined, life is a bitch, society, mystery, crime ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 60s
Place: bulgaria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Headwinds (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sarah tells Paul that she wants out of their marriage; the next day she disappears. A year later and Paul along with their children return to his childhood town to start anew after the loss of his wife and their mother.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: homecoming, starting over, missing person, family relations, hopes, haunted by the past, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, creative block, parents and children, life is a bitch, loss of wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 6K
The Cow (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.
Style: emotional, touching, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, village, farm, tribe, social relations, protecting from truth, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, society, split personality, human becoming an animal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: iran, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 646
The Towrope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, France, Mexico
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this poetic, richly allegorical debut by Colombian director William Vega, a teenage girl flees to a rundown inn after being driven from her home in the Andean highlands by civil war, as the violence engulfing the country creeps ever closer to her ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, starting over, life is a bitch, society, wartime life, village, against humanity, refugee, cousin cousin relationship, uncle niece relationship, mountain, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
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Innocence (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Belgium, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A look inside an offbeat boarding school for young girls.
Style: surreal, suspenseful, psychological, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, mystery, society, school, girls' boarding school, childhood, ballet, friendship between girls, coming of age, teenage life, adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Ghost and the Whale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man, Joseph, loses his wife at sea, then spirals deep into a world of confusion. The wife's brothers' need revenge! Joseph tries to tell anyone who will listen that a whale killed his beautiful Annabel Lee, but even he doesn't quite ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: uncover truth, false accusation, life is a bitch, vengeance, missing person, mental illness, social relations, small town life, small town
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
One Deadly Summer (1983)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In spring 1976, a 19-year-old beauty, her German-born mother, and her crippled father move to the town of a firefighter nicknamed Pin-Pon. Everyone notices the provocative Eliane. She singles out Pin-Pon and soon is crying on his shoulder ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: wedding, small town, murder, small town life, gang rape, vengeance, deadly, rivalry, village, village life, obsession, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: europe, france, southern france, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family in danger, on the road, survival, starvation, militant, parents and children, survivor, desert, village, escapades, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Baran, a war hero, becomes sheriff of the capital and refuses to bow down to a tribal chief.
Style: serious, atmospheric, tense, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, society, village life, village, social relations, justice, violence, police, smuggler, honest law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iraq, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 5K
Faust (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Faust is a 2011 Russian film directed by Alexander Sokurov. Set in the 19th century, it is a free interpretation of the Faust legend and its literary adaptations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Mann. The dialogue is in German. The film won ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, contemplative ...
Plot: deal with the devil, life is a bitch, temptation, tragic hero, ambition, human nature, downfall, obsessive quest, lust, blind ambition, palaces castles and temples, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: germany, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A group of young girls are brought up in a college within dark forests and gloomy lakes. Young Hidalla and her friends Irene, Vera, Blanka, Melusine and Rain are brought up in an isolated world: the girls don't know anything about live outside ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Plot: mystery, rebelliousness, isolation, love affair, teaching the ways of the world, confined, youth, orphan, boarding school, power relations, teachers and students, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Green Room (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James short story "The Altar of the Dead", in which a man becomes obsessed with the many dead people in his life and builds a memorial to honor them. This film is also based on other short story by Henry James, "The ...
Style: gloomy, contemplative, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: death, tragic love, wartime life, unfulfilled love, obsession, moral dilemma, village life, introspection, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, fall in love, village ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Cider with Rosie (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: village, coming of age, world war one, friendship, youth, society, village life, teenager, childhood, military police, classroom, bicycle ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 105 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, life is a bitch, danger, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, village life ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
We Still Kill the Old Way (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it.
Style: stylized, suspenseful, bleak, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: investigation, society, gangsters, amateur detective, fighting the system, conspiracy, danger, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crimes, crime, deadly ...
Time: 60s
Place: sicily, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%