Movies like The Serpent's Way

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The Serpent's Way (1986)
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The Serpent's Way (1986)
Original name: Ormens väg på hälleberget
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids.
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: sexual abuse, countryside, strong sexual content, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, woman in danger, down on your luck, nudity (full frontal - brief), village, incest, winter, suicide, snow, poverty, debt, castration, widow, peeping tom, cottage, landlord, brother sister incest
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: sweden, eastern europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and bleak films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, society and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Serpent's Way: Accused (2005), Oxen (1991), Return to Innocence (2001), The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982), Nobody Owns Me (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Accused (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is ...
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, lawyer, family relations, under the surface, child abuse, parents and children, incest, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, prisoner, degradation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
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Oxen (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos kills his master's ox and feeds it to his wife and baby daughter. No-one suspects anything until the meat is finished and Helge tries to sell the hide at a local market. He is spotted by ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, bleak
Plot: small town, parents and children, vengeance, village, prison, small town life, dysfunctional family, village life, down on your luck, family life, death in the family, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Return to Innocence (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Director Rocky Costanzo's searing legal drama centers on a highly credentialed child psychologist named Glen Erskine (Richard Meese) whose life is shattered when he's accused of sexually assaulting a young boy he's been treating. ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, sexual abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, redemption, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
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The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he gets work as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an ...
Style: non-linear, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, farm, injustice, imaginary character, power relations, life is a bitch, misfit, social misfits, hopes, love and romance, master and servant ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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83%
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Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: touching, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: working class, alcohol abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, disorder, youth, single parent, family relations, family problems, unemployment, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Raven's End (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the middle of this film, about the working class in pre-world war II Sweden, is Anders who wishes to become an author. His father who is a notorious dreamer and liar, and his mother, who struggles to keep their family alive.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, touching
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, working class, family feud, couples, family problems, factory worker, writer's life, ambition, follow your dream, society, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
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Barren Lives (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 'Vidas secas' tells in vivid images the almost documentary like story of a drover and his family in the northern interior states of Brazil during the drought. A family in the search of a new hope and destiny.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, rough
Plot: farm, family relations, injustice, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, family life, down on your luck, parents and children, teacher, hunger, dog ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america
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Olivier, Olivier (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a true story. The story is set on the sweeping French countryside where Serge Duval (François Cluzet), a veterinarian, lives with his wife, Elisabeth (Brigitte Roüan) and their two young children. One day, their young son Olivier ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, male prostitution, incest, missing child, family problems, crimes, youth, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), dysfunctional family, family life, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, europe, france, paris france
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75%
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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, child rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, family problems, coming of age, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 90s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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75%
She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A tale of deliverance. Laura, 27 years old, lives alone in the outskirts of a large town. She learns that her father is in a coma, after a serious car accident. She decides to visit him at the hospital as a last opportunity to settle old scores, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, introspection, haunted by the past, family relations, estrangement, hopes, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, revenge, family secret, car accident, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, europe
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Delta (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new place by building a new home for himself on the delta. But ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, forbidden love, parents and children, dysfunctional family, isolation, obsession, human nature, family problems, life is a bitch, homecoming, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
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74%
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Wetlands (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: On a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships, in the middle of a drought and while the land is parching, a drama will disrupt the life of the Santerre family. Confronted to each other they will have to learn to forgive.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: death in the family, family problems, family business, parents and children, estrangement, family relations, life is a bitch, down on your luck, voyeurism, forgiveness, family in crisis, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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73%
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Black and Blue (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: family problems, family relations, domestic disturbance, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, parents and children, woman in danger, abusive husband, new life, escape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, florida
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72%
A Hole in My Heart (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In a decript apartment, a young man watches as his father and a friend shoot an amateur porn film. Issues of morality, reality TV and friendship are explored.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, bleak, avant garde ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, social decay, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, isolation, riddles and clues, sexual abuse, human nature, teenage life, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe
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72%
Don't Be Afraid (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Silvia is a young girl marked by a dark childhood. When she is barely twenty-five, she decides to start over and to face the people, feelings and emotions that keep her bound to the past. In her fight against adversity and against herself, she will ...
Style: psychological, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, haunted by the past, starting over, family problems, support group, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, roulette, skating, compulsive gambler, therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
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71%
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Us (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This is a story of Ida and Krister. It's about a relationship that goes to hell. They are both crazy in love but manage to strangle the supply of oxygen and adapt to each other in a way that will lead to catastrophic consequences.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense, bleak
Plot: losing-it hero, destructive relationship, woman in danger, life is a bitch, couples, couple relations, love, nudity (full frontal - brief), attraction, penetration, graphic violence, sexploitation ...
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, scandinavia
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71%
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Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, neorealism ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, alcohol abuse, little girl, family relations, negligence, mother daughter relationship, loneliness, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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71%
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Zero Kelvin (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Larsen, an aspiring poet in '20s Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbæk, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, couples, infidelity, isolation, male nudity, snow, arctic, poet, winter, bdsm ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: greenland, tokyo
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71%
Gebo and the Shadow (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Despite his age and general weariness, Gebo keeps on working as an accountant to provide for his family. He lives with his wife, Doroteia, and his daughter-in-law, Sofia, but it is the absence of João, son and husband, that worries them.Gebo seems ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, tense ...
Plot: poverty, honor, family problems, family relations, parents and children, society, thief, missing child
Time: 19th century
Place: france
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71%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, brother sister incest, electroshock therapy, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, couple relations, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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70%
That Lovely Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Moshe and Tami are a couple, Moshe is in his fifties and Tami is in her early twenties. They live together in a cruel and violent relationship, from which Tami seems unable to set herself free. Tami and Moshe are father and daughter...
Style: serious, atmospheric, disturbing, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: father daughter incest, incestuous sex, incestuous relationship, incest, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, graphic violence, parents and children, abusive father, sexual abuse, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
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70%
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Mouth to Mouth (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is falling apart, and her ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, drug abuse, life is a bitch, rescue, youth, society, teenage prostitution, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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70%
The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, touching ...
Plot: kids in trouble, family problems, family relations, estrangement, life is a bitch, misfit, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, youth, confined, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Home for the Weekend (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the request of his mother Gitte, Marko, who has been living in Berlin for years, drives off to the countryside to visit his parents. His hopes of spending a quiet and relaxing time with his family fall short when Gitte surprises everyone by ...
Style: serious, sincere, disturbing, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, mental illness, introspection, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, couple relations, misfit, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
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70%
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Ghost River (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sylvie is a hooker whose illegitimate daughter commits a crime. She and her daughter flee to find Sylvie's first love in the countryside. The daughter is trying to get to know her unwilling mother. Along the way, the two meet a male fugitive ...
Style: tense, serious, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, family relations, death in the family, starting over, on the run, crimes, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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70%
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Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family life, homecoming, estrangement, under the surface, parents and children, family gatherings, strong female presence, siblings relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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69%
Home Sweet Home (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The wife and son of an unemployed, foul-tempered man suffer under ever-worsening domestic violence. One day while his father is taking a nap, the young son decides to take matters into his own hands. In a panic, the wife and son both believe the man ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, psychological
Plot: abusive father, domestic violence, disability, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, dysfunctional family, parents and children, couple relations, unsupportive spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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69%
I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of the young man Peter, who grew up during the economic miracle, bereft of parental care and love. Learning early on that interpersonal relationships are based on the principles of exchange or purchase, he abides by these rules and gives ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, couples, society, crimes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, mentally unstable, unlikely criminals, looking for love, down on your luck, small town, murder ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, munich germany
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Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: single parent, teenage boy, introspection, teenage life, family relations, escape from reality, parents and children, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, society, youth, losing-it hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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68%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, stepmother stepson relationship, parents and children, murder, life is a bitch, family problems, haunted by the past, investigation, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, san francisco
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