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When the Whales Came (1989)
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When the Whales Came (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A pair of children befriend an eccentric old man, who lives isolated on the far shore of their island home. But it turns out that the old man knows a terrible secret about the island and the whales who sometimes come. Meanwhile WWI is making life hard in the village.
Plot: whale, island, beach, recluse, world war one, bird, boy, family relations, anti war, curse, girl, redemption, weirdo, deafness
Time: 1910s
Place: cornwall

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, island, society, beach, husband wife relationship, parents and children and friendship mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like When the Whales Came: To the Lighthouse (1983), The Moth (1997), Tanya's Island (1980), Birch Interval (1976), Cider with Rosie (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
To the Lighthouse (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in Cornwall just before World War I. The stern Mr. Ramsay ...
Plot: modernism, flashback, mother daughter relationship, painting, wedding, conscientious objector, death in childbirth, island, thunderstorm, beach, expedition, modern art ...
Time: edwardian era, year 1914
Place: cornwall
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95%
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The Moth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: This 1940s drama presents a story of class conflict and its influence on romance. Robert Bradley leaves the shipyards to work in his uncle's furniture business but soon finds himself at odds with the old man. So he becomes a servant for the ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: world war one, fatherhood, shipyard, society, romance, love and romance, master and servant, power relations, family relations, couples, estate, love affair ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era
Place: england
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92%
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Tanya's Island (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Tanya is a female model who lives with her boyfriend Lobo, a surrealist painter who is extremely violent. Subjected to Lobo's constant abuse, Tanya dreams of escaping to a desert island, which comes true. The only other being on her island is ...
Style: psychotronic
Plot: model, beach, island, nudity (full frontal - brief), interracial relations, artist, exploitation, abusive boyfriend, cell, abusive relationship, abuse, desert island ...
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Birch Interval (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young girl is sent to live with Amish relatives in post-war Pennsylvania, where her life dramatically changes.
Plot: countryside, loyalty, sheriff, adultery, infidelity, amish, patriarch, girl, witch, dysfunctional family, extramarital affair, recluse ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, captivating, serious, psychological, touching ...
Plot: village, coming of age, world war one, society, youth, friendship, village life, teenager, childhood, military police, countryside, bicycle ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Last Summer (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people--a girl and two guys--become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly found relationship, they construct an elaborate plot ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: beach, love, coming of age, friendship, friends, summer, seagull, cruelty, teenage love, kids in trouble, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 60s
Place: long island
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The Ark (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Noah, a farmer and family man, is instructed by an angel to build an ark in the middle of a desert in order to save both his family and the faithful from a devastating flood. A seemingly impossible task, especially when his sons refuse to believe ...
Style: biblical, serious, captivating, suspense, epic ...
Plot: noah's ark, old testament, ancient history, obsession, apocalypse, redemption, hopes, chaos, parents and children, religions or cults, society, flood ...
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, gays and lesbians, society, master and servant, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, hopes, love and romance ...
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Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
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Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The third installment of the Sarah trilogy provides a glorious and touching story of a family drawn together by adversity. On a cold winter day a stranger shows up at the farm. He is slow to reveal his identity. When they find out he is Jacobs ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: farm, family relations, strong female presence, nursing, couples, family, society, hopes, family life, redemption, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: kansas, usa, midwest
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The Blackwater Lightship (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man in the final stages of AIDS is cared for by his sister and mother and grandmother.
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King Lear (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 137 min.
Story: King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional
Plot: betrayal, family relations, family problems, downfall, rivalry, unfulfillment, state affairs, tragic hero, intrigue, dishonesty, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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All the Way Home (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A wife and mother in 1915 Tennessee copes with the loss of her husband and the necessity of raising their children alone.
Plot: single mother, widow, loss of husband, uncle nephew relationship, car, loss of father, accident, death of husband, love, death of father, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 1910s
Place: tennessee
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Conrack (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young, white teacher is assigned to an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated mostly by poor black families. He finds that the basically illiterate, neglected children there know so little of the world outside their island.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, sincere, feel good, touching ...
Plot: island, school, family relations, interracial relations, teacher, racism, power relations, urban ghetto, hardcase students, misfit, fighting the system, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, 60s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Island (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on 'Jane Rogers' acclaimed novel, "Island" is a tale of yearning and retribution. Abandoned at birth, Nikki Black has spent most of her life in care sustained only by fairy-stories. Incapable of love, fearful and desperate ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: island, hidden identity, undercover, family problems, dishonesty, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, orphan, redemption, storm, ferry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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The Golden Seal (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A lonely 10-year-old boy living with his parents in a remote coastal part of Alaksa, spontaneously finds a legendary golden seal and her newborn pup. But the greed for her valuable pelt sets off the hunters, including his own father, the local ...
Style: semi serious, touching, sentimental, feel good
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
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A Delicate Balance (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans three days in the life of Agnes and Tobias, an upper middle class couple who share their comfortable suburban Connecticut home with her acerbic alcoholic sister Claire. It is matriarch Agnes who helps the quartet maintain a delicate ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, tense, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, society, golden years, elderly, best friends, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, couple relations, family gatherings ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
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Place: texas, usa
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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, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family gatherings, introspection, island, dysfunctional family, hopes, family problems, resort ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Lost Daughter (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Israel, Greece
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A woman's seaside vacation takes a dark turn when her obsession with a young mother forces her to confront secrets from her past.
Plot: missing child, doll, motherhood, beach, daughter, vacation, adultery, female masturbation, mother, sex scene, sex, parents ...
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Respiro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Grazia is a free-spirited mother-of-three married to shy fisherman Pietro and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. She shows signs of manic depressive behavior — one moment she's laughing wildly and ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: island, family relations, mentally unstable, family life, human nature, injustice, parents and children, working class, small town life, mediterranean, villager, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, sicily, mediterranean sea, milan italy ...
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48%
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The Proud Ones (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In early twentieth-century Brittany, two peasants marry, have a son, and live in traditional Breton ways: three generations under one roof, a division of labor between the sexes, elders' stories at night, politics and religion during their ...
Style: saga, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: world war one, family relations, countryside, farm, religions or cults, social relations, life is a bitch, society, human nature, wartime life, village life, family life ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, brittany
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45%
Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Tokyo engineer Kariya arrives on a primitive tropical island, where he interacts with the Futori clan, to drill a well to power a sugar mill.
Plot: snake, father daughter incest, brother sister incest, train, pig, fishing, airport, airplane, beach, fish, family relations, cobweb ...
Place: japan
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45%
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That Summer! (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Often described as an unofficial sequel to Scum – Winstone's main character Steve is fresh from Borstal - the rather gentler-toned That Summer holds special memories for Ray as he met his future wife Elaine during filming. It also notched him ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: redemption, friendship, gang, beach, teenage life, rivalry, youth, contests and competitions, love and romance, competition, reform school, summer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england
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45%
Private Peaceful (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: soldier, world war one, love triangle, military, siblings relations, teenage love, social relations, war, family life, family relations, battles, village ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Dance of Death (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: An egocentric artillery captain and his venomous wife engage in savage unremitting battles in their isolated island fortress of the coast of Sweden at the turn of the century. Alice, a former actress who sacrificed her career for secluded military ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: island, romance, love and romance, rivalry, couples, quarantine, curses spells and rituals, fall in love, husband wife relationship, marriage, battle of wits, sea captain ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Crows (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 66 min.
Story: A thin child of about 10, nicknamed "Crow" because she mimics the bird, has no friends and rejects a teacher's hug. At home, she is left on her own, her mom locks her out while entertaining a lover or is asleep. One morning, Crow sees ...
Plot: on the lam, loner, friend, boy, crow, mother daughter relationship, surrogate mother, child, father daughter relationship, girl, beach, little girl ...
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1st Love (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Antoine, 13, spends the summer vacation with his parents in a rented cottage on an island in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence River. His neighbour, 17-year-old Anna, is an enigmatic and lively young woman. Antoine begins to experience the first ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, family relations, youth, parents and children, coming of age, island, bittersweet, teenage girl, teenage boy, sexual awakening, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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41%
A Sunday in the Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In France, before WWI. As every Sunday, an old painter living in the country is visited by his son Gonzague, coming with his wife and his three children. Then his daugther Irene arrives. She is always in a hurry, she lives alone and does not come so ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, poignant ...
Plot: countryside, elderly man, family relations, aging, father daughter relationship, family gatherings, painter, car, french countryside, unfulfillment, society, elderly ...
Time: 1910s
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Water Child (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A 12-year-old girl finds herself stranded on a lonely Caribbean island with a 20-year old retarded man in this sensitively rendered Canadian drama from Quebec. Emile and Cedrine are first seen during their rescue in which both are nearly in a coma. ...
Plot: twenty something, caribbean sea, adoptive father adopted son relationship, air disaster, survivor, menarche, girl man relationship, rescue, puberty, survival, sexual awakening, beach ...
Place: bahamas, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Silas Marner (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Adaption of George Eliot's novel. When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: village, adoption, village life, redemption, family life, destiny, custody, false accusation, self discovery, dishonesty, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
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40%