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 life, village, society, life is a bitch, social relations, death and female nudity 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, serious ...
Plot: countryside, social differences, wartime life, village life, village, anti semitism, survival, isolation, society, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, injustice ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, germany
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95%
 6.8
 231
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: anxiety, death, satire, puzzle, inspector, love, alienation, bureaucracy, castle, bar, village, suffering ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, psychological, bleak, twists and turns, tense ...
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 ⇓
81%
 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: captivating, psychological, disturbing, surreal, tense ...
Plot: bar, social decay, human nature, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, society, estrangement, social relations, dull life, graphic violence, nihilism, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
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, tense, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, small town, delusion, musician, chaos, social relations, crimes, small town life, village life, danger, symbolism, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.8
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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, reconciliation, love and romance, society, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, fighting illness, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, black sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.9
 163
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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy
Plot: countryside, farm, estrangement, nothing goes right, workplace, society, workplace situations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social relations, village life, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.8
 20K
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, courtroom, fighting the system, false accusation, courtroom drama, conspiracy, post war, expressionism, legal, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1920s, 18th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 263
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: innocence lost, village, village life, isolation, religions or cults, clergy, mysterious character, society, life is a bitch, redemption, woman in danger, virgin mary ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.2
 12K
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, thought provoking, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, village, miraculous event, stranger, visitor, family problems, couple relations, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, mysterious character, nosy, dull life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.1
 175
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, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: small town, mystery, mysterious character, obsession, social relations, stranger, nudity (full frontal - brief), rich man, coast, suicide, intrigue, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, intrigue, manipulations, love and romance, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1890s, 1900s ...
Place: austria, europe, america, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.4
 5K
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: neo noir, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, dark humor, dictatorship, jail, sex, one night, society, misfit, life is a bitch, deadly, crime, fish out of water ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 60s
Place: bulgaria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 568
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 is a bitch, unlikely couple, life turned upside down, midlife crisis, childhood trauma, unfulfillment, young love, childhood memory, village, village life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 1K
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: serious, realistic, contemplative, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: materialism, youth, unfulfillment, hopes, society, road not taken, self discovery, love, courtesan, enlightenment, meditation, philosophy ...
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 375
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, handicap ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.8
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The Quack (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A famous surgeon is beaten by drunken bullies, loses his memory and cannot recollect who he was before. He gets to a village, lives in a not so well to do family and becomes the Quack - he slowly regains his talent for medicine and saves the lives ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: memory loss, polish, witch doctor, life is a bitch, downfall, losing-it hero, surgeon, healer, love and romance, prodigy, road not taken, village life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Heart of Glass (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A small Bavarian village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, allegory, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: hypnosis, warning, murder, curses spells and rituals, factory, village life, village, dream, surrealism, mountain, hallucination, existentialism ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.5
 1K
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, tense, serious, 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, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 659
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, cousin cousin relationship, refugee, uncle niece relationship, unfulfillment, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: banned, realistic, serious, contemplative, controversial ...
Plot: countryside, village, animal life, social relations, tribe, human becoming an animal, split personality, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, society, village life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: iran, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, childhood, friendship between girls, coming of age, teenage life, ballet, youth, adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, false accusation, life is a bitch, missing person, mental illness, vengeance, social relations, small town, small town life
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, village life, social relations, justice, police, violence, smuggler, honest law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iraq, europe, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 510
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: atmospheric, serious, captivating, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family in danger, on the road, survival, militant, starvation, parents and children, survivor, desert, village, escapades, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 922
Hanezu (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on a Japanese novel written by Masako Bando, the story revolves around Kayoko who lives with one man (Tetsuya) but is in love with another (Takumi).
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: social differences, village life, social relations, society, human nature, village, love, male female relationship, mountain, pregnancy, pregnant woman, sculptor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, ancient history
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: rebelliousness, mystery, confined, boarding school, power relations, teaching the ways of the world, love affair, isolation, orphan, youth, teachers and students, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: contemplative, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: death, tragic love, village, unfulfilled love, wartime life, fall in love, destructive relationship, obsession, village life, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 15K
Benny's Video (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Austria, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: videotaping, atrocity, psychopath, murder, human nature, obsession, introspection, alienation, crimes, society, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: austria, bosnia, europe, vienna, serbia ...
⇓ 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, danger, life is a bitch, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, dogma ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%