Movies like The Hourglass Sanatorium

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The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
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The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
Original name: Sanatorium pod klepsydrÄ…
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Poland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is beset by soldiers from the past, colonial black mercenaries, girls from his early life, and his parents. It is an interior adventure, with unusual atmospheric flair and extraordinary sets.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, bleak, serious, surreal
Plot: time travel, parents and children, hopes, changing the past or future, haunted by the past, imaginary, train ride, train travel, metaphysics, prostitute, child, jewish, forest, death, female nudity, soldier, train, book, meaning of life, alternate reality, cemetery, bird, fog, psychiatrist, memory ...
Time: 20th century

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, surreal and atmospheric films with plots about surrealism, family relations, danger, imaginary, catastrophe, storytelling and death mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Horror genres. Some movies like The Hourglass Sanatorium: The Jacket (2005), The Company of Wolves (1984), Malpertuis (1971), Paperhouse (1988), Prospero's Books (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
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The Company of Wolves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An adaptation of Angela Carter's fairy tales. Young Rosaleen dreams of a village in the dark woods, where Granny tells her cautionary tales in which innocent maidens are tempted by wolves who are hairy on the inside. As Rosaleen grows into ...
Style: dark fantasy, gothic, fairy tale, surreal, gothic horror ...
Plot: werewolf, beast, woman in danger, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, legends and myths, supernatural, danger, mind game, dangerous animal, imaginary, stalking ...
Time: 18th century, 20th century, 80s, 1700s
Place: europe, england
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Malpertuis (1971)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Belgium, France, West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Malpertuis is the name of an old, rambling mansion which is in reality a labyrinth where characters from Greek mythology are imprisoned by the bedridden Cassavius (Welles). He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) prisoners even ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, offbeat, surreal, scary ...
Plot: ghost, crucifix, surrealism, mythology, dream world, greek mythology, escapades, danger, supernatural ability, estate, attic, greek ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Paperhouse (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, supernatural, coming of age, supernatural ability, friendship, alternate reality, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, parallel world, drawing, nightmare, house ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
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Prospero's Books (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'.
Style: experimental, talky, surreal, captivating, serious ...
Plot: royal family, imaginary, rivalry, escapades, danger, memory loss, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, island, vengeance, parents and children, sea disaster ...
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A Distant Neighbourhood (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Thomas, a father in his fifties, returns by chance to the town where he grew up. He collapses and wakes up forty years earlier in the body of his teenage self. Thrown back into his past, Thomas will not only have to re-live his first love, but also ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, psychological, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: changing the past or future, family relations, parents and children, small town, teenage life, love and romance, hopes, adult as child, father son relationship, past life, sent to the past, small town life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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Butterfly Dreaming (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Anxious dreams, hallucinations, and paranoid reality torment a young math professor in the aftermath of his wife's death in a car accident. As madness, addiction and affairs send the story spiraling towards its conclusion, the truth about what ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, obsession, couple relations, couples, life is a bitch, dealing with death, mathematician, dream, death, gambling, bone
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Iron Rose (1973)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.
Style: gothic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: cemetery, love and romance, escapades, curses spells and rituals, love affair, isolation, captivity, catastrophe, deadly, ghost, gays and lesbians, zombie ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Faust 5.0 (2001)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On his way to a medical convention, Dr Fausto runs into a man who claims the Doctor removed his stomach eight years ago in a surgical operation. Against all odds, he is still alive. The man turns up repeatedly and promises Fausto to make all his ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, surreal, scary ...
Plot: terminal illness, doctors and patients, couples, desire, doctor, wish come true, fall in love, murder, prostitute, taxi, occult, taxi driver ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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31%
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Imaginaerum (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Finland, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past ...
Style: surreal, psychological, serious, stylized
Plot: orphan, heavy metal, haunted by the past, memory loss, hopes, father daughter relationship, imagination, father son relationship, suicide by gunshot, resentment, grudge, coma ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 72 min.
Story: While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told an important tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Ainar the lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the angelic Snjofrieder in a Gimli of old.
Style: surreal, mind bending, serious, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: expressionism, hospital, parents and children, human nature, plague, village life, doctors and patients, deadly, power relations, dark humor, family relations, avant-garde ...
Time: 20th century, turn of the century
Place: iceland, canada
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29%
The Lazarus Child (2004)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Italy, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A road accident leaves seven-year-old Frankie Heywood gravely injured and deeply comatose, when she is hit by a bus, and her twelve-year-old brother Ben severely depressed and traumatised after he witnessed the event. Their parents, Jack and Alison, ...
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: hopes, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, danger, youth, family problems, power relations, hospital, siblings relations, redemption, parents and children, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Night Across the Street (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A drama centered on an office worker on the verge of retirement who begins to relive both real and imagined memories.
Style: surreal, realistic, serious, atmospheric, contemplative
Plot: aging, haunted by the past, elderly, introspection, tragic event, childhood memory, surrealism, boarding house, memory, money, promise, love ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: chile, santiago de chile, santiago chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: bleak, touching, disturbing, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: small town, human nature, society, hopes, angel, social relations, adoption, hallucination, priest, boy, sick child, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Rabbits (2002)
Genre: Short, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the ...
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, avant garde, serious ...
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: atmospheric, meditative, surreal, disturbing, visually appealing ...
Plot: reincarnation, jungle, introspection, haunted by the past, supernatural, dealing with death, hopes, ghost, surrealism, family relations, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
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Spiral (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens
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Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.
Style: surreal, mind bending, enigmatic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: disneyland, hallucination, amusement park, losing-it hero, parents and children, disorder, surrealism, paranoia, pursuit, family vacation, chase, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Poison for the Fairies (1986)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: scary, serious, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, murder, witchcraft, gory, graphic violence, curses spells and rituals, orphan, social misfits, imaginary, youth, young heroes, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1965
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
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Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: surreal, gothic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, future
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25%
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, serious, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
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Place: paris france
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Neverwas (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist, who leaves a job at a prestigious university, to take up a job at the privately run mental institution, 'Millwood'. What he doesnt reveal at the time of his appointment is that this was the ...
Style: psychological, serious, fairy tale
Plot: secret, psychiatrist, schizophrenia, novelist, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations, writer's life, mystery, reality vs fantasy, father son relationship, mental institution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Broken (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The life of a successful radiologist spirals out of control when she sees the spitting image of herself driving down a London street. While attempting to uncover who the imposter could be, she stumbles into a terrifying mystery that her family and ...
Style: surreal, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, scary ...
Plot: nightmare, murder, fear, dream, haunted by the past, danger, investigation, woman in danger, deadly, embassy, girlfriend, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Shout (1978)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: atmospheric, offbeat, psychological, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: small town, mental institution, nudity (full frontal - brief), cricket the game, composer, curses spells and rituals, countryside, couple relations, supernatural ability, supernatural, danger, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
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24%
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Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: philosophical, mind bending, psychological, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, surrealism, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, time, family relations ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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Cremaster 3 (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: CREMASTER 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character - host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence. These factions ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, experimental, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, skyscraper, punk, imaginary, danger, artists and showbiz, rivalry, graphic violence, apprentice, curses spells and rituals, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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23%
I Am the Cheese (1983)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family gradually starts to unravel, until the truth of the boy's situation is finally revealed.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, disturbing, non-linear ...
Plot: teen angst, graphic violence, family relations, conspiracy, dishonesty, youth, uncover truth, mental institution, kidnapping, missing child, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.0
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Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, serious ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, escapades, heroes, secret identity, materialism, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century ...
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Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, avant garde, art house, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, cult, insanity, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, psychology ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Bridgend (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Over a 5-year period in Bridgend in Wales, 79 people, many of them teenagers, committed suicide without leaving any clue as to why. This is the starting point for this mysterious social drama.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, small town, teenage life, teenage love, police investigation, under the surface, parents and children, danger, youth, society, fall in love, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wales, england
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