Movies like Cold Light

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Cold Light (2004)
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Cold Light (2004)
Original name: Kaldaljós
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: psychological, sincere, atmospheric, serious, offbeat, gloomy, realistic, contemplative
Plot: small town, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, midlife crisis, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, childhood trauma, unfulfillment, young love, childhood memory, village, village life, nudity (full frontal - brief), pregnancy, female nudity, tailor, childhood, loss of loved one, old lady, dead child, flashback, nude painting, flashback sequence
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, iceland

Most similar movies to Cold Light

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and psychological films with plots about unfulfillment, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, family relations, introspection, society and hopes mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Cold Light: The Sensation of Sight (2006), Between Us (2013), The Rebirth (2007), Island (2011), Future Lasts Forever (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Sensation of Sight (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals.
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, estrangement, single parent, hopes, small town life, human nature, family business, midlife crisis, profanity, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
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Between Us (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of literature-loving friends bury letters to be opened 10 years later when they will confront the dreams of their youth with what the future has held in store for them.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, friendship, reunion, life turned upside down, under the surface, life is a bitch, writer's life, countryside, friends, innocence lost, brazilian
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.0
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The Rebirth (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with his hands. He moves away and gets a job in a factory. ...
Style: emotional, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, friendship, small town, loss of daughter, forgiveness, friends, deadly, starting over, dealing with death, interview ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.8
 450
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, tense, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: island, family problems, hidden identity, undercover, life is a bitch, dishonesty, haunted by the past, redemption, orphan, obsessive quest, female director, woman slaps man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A woman struggles with love and personal loss against the backdrop of a land torn by civil war in this drama from filmmaker Ozcan Alper. Sumru (Gaye Gursel) is a Turkish woman who studies ethnic music at a college in Istanbul and frequently makes ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, unfulfillment, on the road, tragic love, life is a bitch, ethnic conflict, self discovery, journey, thesis, society, strong female presence, world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, kurdistan, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Exit: A personal history (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young man travels to Holland for an assisted suicide. The young man was convinced that this was his only way of ending an existence that he considered to lack any dignity.
Style: experimental, contemplative, atmospheric, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: human nature, family relations, dull life, unfulfillment, dealing with death, death wish, sexual content, siblings relations, urban, human rights, urban setting, disability
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy, holland, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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The Quiet Roar (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 77 min.
Story: MARIANNE (Evabritt Strandberg) is a 68-year old woman diagnosed with a terminal disease. Left with angst, she seeks therapy at a clinic where she is treated with Psilocybin (LSD) and meditation by a counselor, Eva (Hanna Schygulla). Through this she ...
Style: serious, contemplative, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: aging, drug abuse, elderly, introspection, dealing with death, terminal illness, disease, youth
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
 1K
Sworn Virgin (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Years after declaring her eternal virginity and opting to live life as a man in the mountains of Albania, Hana looks to return to living as a woman as she settles into a new existence in modern-day Milan.
Style: atmospheric, touching, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hidden identity, starting over, introspection, disorder, hopes, gender, sexuality, mountain, strong female presence, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, discrimination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, albania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Aurora (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 181 min.
Story: An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping next room. Waste land on the city outskirts: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: murder, midlife crisis, losing-it hero, family relations, factory worker, parents and children, unfulfillment, crimes, crime, new wave, life is a bitch, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: romania, europe, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Capturing Mary (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man ushers an older woman into a dark exploration of her past - back to the time when, as a young girl, she met a stranger who affected her life forever.
Style: sincere, psychological, stylized, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: lifestyle, elderly, estate, introspection, haunted by the past, golden years, social relations, memories, love and romance, society, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.9
 13
G.H.B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A reflection on love and pleasure experienced by three women, set in France, New York, and Shanghai.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsessive quest, friendship, on the run, haunted by the past, looking for love, on the road, life is a bitch, friends, strong female presence, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Bi, Don't Be Afraid (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In an old house in Hanoi, Bi, a 6-year-old child lives with his parents, his aunt and their cook. His favorite playgrounds are an ice factory and the wild grass along the river. After being absent for years, his grandfather, seriously ill, reappears ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sincere, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, estrangement, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, youth, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, paralysis, alcohol abuse, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, mountain, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
A Caretaker's Tale (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A custodian in a housing project discovers that a naked, mute woman he found in one of his apartments has miraculous healing powers.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: older man younger woman sex, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, sexual relations, unfulfillment, sexual content, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), father son relationship, mute or deaf, female director, miraculous event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.0
 925
Angel's Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Turkey
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Zeynep, Tülin Özen works in a hotel as a housekeeper. But she suffers hell on earth because of her father's behavior. She only talks to Mustafa, 'Engin Dogan' who works in the same hotel and he is interested in Zeynep. She is not ...
Style: psychological, sincere, touching, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: dull life, family problems, destiny, parents and children, love and romance, life is a bitch, death in the family, unfulfillment, family relations, chance, sexual content, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
I Am from Titov Veles (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Slovenia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Burdened by memories of their late father, three sisters struggle to escape the suffocating environment of the dying town of Veles. A contemporary story of urban decay, „Jas sum od Titov Veles“ employs a stark realism to depict the vivid ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, daydreamer, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, society, life is a bitch, small town, adult virgin, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: pension, colonel, parents and children, small town, hopes, haunted by the past, family relations, downfall, couple relations, family life, small town life, poverty ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 5K
The Reunion (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A film between fiction and reality, highlighting questions about group dynamics and established hierarchies. A group of people meet for their high school reunion 20 years later. One of them talks about her being bullied and outcast and soon the ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: reunion, social relations, realism, adulthood, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, human nature, breaking point, disorder, misfit, bullying, party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Mighty Angel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A shocking story about addiction and attempts to overcome it. The script is based on Jerzy Plich’s excellent novel “The Mighty Angel” (alternative title: "The Strong Angel Inn"). Jerzy (Robert Więckiewicz) is a writer and a heavy ...
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, writer's life, clinic, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, depression, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.0
 702
War Story (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee is a world-weary American woman who arrives in an Italian city. Her tangles with hotel staff, incessant smoking and her disregard of the persistently ringing telephone hint at her volatility brewing beneath the surface. Between fitful naps, she ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: photojournalist, society, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, immigrants, female protagonist, rivalry, couples, strong female presence, war photographer, photographer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
 381
The Off Hours (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. You see dusk and dawn everyday because they happen on your way to a time clock and then to a bed. Your off hours are spent trying to ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: diner, small town, hopes, unfulfillment, dull life, love and romance, working class, fall in love, love affair, bittersweet, introspection, waitress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Dune (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An Israeli man searches for his father in France.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: introspection, family relations, estrangement, family problems, hopes, investigation, parents and children, haunted by the past, midlife crisis, redemption, unfulfillment, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
It's All So Quiet (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of a farmer, Helmer, who realizes that his life has been influenced to an unhealthy extent by his aging father. An adaptation of a bestselling and critically acclaimed novel by Gerbrand Bakker.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: countryside, farmer, family relations, farm, gay, introspection, hopes, midlife crisis, self discovery, village life, dull life, elderly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, psychological, emotional, atmospheric, gloomy ...
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: 1920s, 20s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Those Who Remain (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bertrand (Vincent Lindon) dutifully visits his terminally ill wife every day, braving the long train and bus ride to and from the hospital. Lorraine (Emmanuelle Devos) not so willingly visits her boyfriend who was diagnosed with colon cancer. They ...
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, unfulfillment, love, self discovery, couples, fall in love, friendship, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations, supportive spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
All the Light in the Sky (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An insomniac actress is facing the waning days of her career, when her niece pays a visit to her Malibu house.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, midlife crisis, self discovery, actor's life, introspection, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, aspiring actress, beach house, insomnia, global warming, bare breasts ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Policeman's Wife (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The story of a young couple who live in a small town with their four-year-old daughter. The husband is so caught up in his work as a policeman that he gradually becomes increasingly alienated from his wife and daughter who become ever closer to one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: accident, family problems, couple relations, couples, family relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, small town, crumbling marriage, mother daughter relationship, domestic violence, police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Winter in the Blood (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young, self-destructive Montana Blackfoot Indian, his mind groggy with alcohol and tormented by childhood memories, discovers that his wife has left him, taking with her his prize rifle. He sets out to find her, but what he's really searching ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, introspection, obsessive quest, hung over, on the road, native american, twilight
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 276
The Exchange (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A family man becomes obsessed with looking at his own life out of context.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sincere, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: couple relations, family life, introspection, midlife crisis, obsession, couples, family relations, hopes, lie, husband wife relationship, surrealism, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
California Solo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: deportation, haunted by the past, introspection, musician's life, society, life is a bitch, estrangement, music, immigrants, down on your luck, farm
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%