Movies like The River 2001

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The River (2001)
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The River (2001)
Original name: Joki
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Finland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck musician in need of a loan, arrives to his father's 60th birthday party. Waitress Leena tries to stir up a romance between her co-workers at a pizza parlor. Middle-aged Ilpo comes home early from the paper mill and finds a strange man in their bedroom. Old Milja waits for her daughter Merja at the hospital where she is visiting her terminally ill husband Henri. Teenage Santeri tries to cope with his homosexuality.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, captivating, suspense
Plot: family relations, couple relations, love and romance, dysfunctional family, teenage life, youth, parents and children, hopes, family problems, human nature, couples, introspection, gays and lesbians, unfulfilled love, estrangement, unfulfillment, husband wife relationship, hospital, factory, small town, terminal illness, saving a life, mother son relationship, babies and infants, small town life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: finland

Most similar movies to The River

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, kiss, couples, sex, unfulfillment, love and romance and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like The River: After the Deluge (2003), Saturn in Opposition (2007), Free Radicals (2003), My Life Without Me (2003), Four Sheets to the Wind (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
After the Deluge (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 194 min.
Story: Follows the stories of the four men of the Kirby family. As Alex's marriage breaks apart, Toby tries desperately to start a family, and Marty tries to kick-start his faded music career as well as find a meaningful relationship with someone his ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, introspection, couples, family problems, hopes, mental illness, haunted by the past, family in crisis, couple relations, parents and children, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Saturn in Opposition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This film focuses on contemporary 30- and 40-somethings trying to make sense of their lives in an age in which the old certainties have disappeared. Lorenzo and Davide make their lives together within a circle that includes Antonio and Angelica, ...
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, gay, couple relations, infidelity, family problems, introspection, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, dealing with death, dinner party, estrangement, sudden death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.2
 528
Free Radicals (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Following the death of Manu (Resetarits) in a car accident, the film relates the interwoven stories of several people who become indirectly connected by the events and aftermath of the crash.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: love affair, teenage life, introspection, hopes, love and romance, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, couples, youth, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, europe, africa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: contemplative, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, secret love, parents and children, introspection, unfulfillment, fighting illness, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: After his father's untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, last wish, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, husband wife relationship, death in the family, starting over, coming of age, unfulfillment, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.9
 2K
His Brother (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Thomas has been estranged from his brother Luc for several years, due in part to his difficulties in dealing with Luc's homosexuality. But when Thomas is diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which is difficult to treat and impossible to cure, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, romantic ...
Plot: terminal illness, gay, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, brother brother relationship, reconciliation, human nature, homosexual, suffering, family relations, changing lives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, europe, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the young, very sexy ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, love triangle, starting over, dysfunctional family, working class, breakup, romance, love affair, human nature, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Three Dancing Slaves (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Annecy is no tourist destination for three working-class Algerian brothers and their father, in the months after their mother has died. Marc is deeply troubled: he tries to stiff drug dealers and then plots revenge. Christophe is released from jail, ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, gay, working class, drug dealing, going straight, youth, family problems, redemption, teenage life, vengeance, transsexual ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 5.9
 44
Vernie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama - Sean, a young thirty-something coffee shop owner, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He desperately wants to have a baby before he dies, and asks his best friend Kristy to bear his child. - John Riedlinger, Amy Colon, Patrick Coyle
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, friendship, pregnancy, terminal illness, tragic hero, family problems, couples, best friends, hopes, romance, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
A Song for Martin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Martin, conductor of a symphonic orchestra, meet Barbara, violine player and they start a relationship. Five years later Martin starts to develop loss of memory and becomes more and more confused. Finally he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, couple relations, love affair, couples, family problems, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, love and romance, musician's life, fall in love, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.7
 7K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, couple relations, human nature, love affair, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Brief Vacation (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Vittorio De Sica's A Brief Vacation (Una Breva Vacanza) stars Florinda Bolkan as a downtrodden working woman. Forced to support herself, her children, her physically incapacitated husband and her obtrusive brother and mother, Bolkan contracts ...
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: mountain, factory, friendship, couples, couple relations, self discovery, love affair, human nature, unemployment, fall in love, fish out of water, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Julie Walking Home (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Canada, Poland, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Julie's son is dying of cancer and her marriage falling apart. She goes to Poland in search of a man who can heal using his hands. Julie finds not only a magical cure for her son, but also comes across a love so pure it begins to heal the ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, hopes, betrayal, dishonesty, danger, survival, human nature, terminal illness, couples, babies and infants, parents and children ...
Place: poland, europe, holland, nova scotia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Blackmail Boy (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Greece
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the small, closed community of a provincial town, Magda tries to maintain a balance within a family facing many serious problems. The families apparently normal, bourgeois, every-day life will crack open, bringing to the surface hatred and ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, humorous, sexual
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, dysfunctional family, parents and children, dishonesty, manipulations, breakup, dark humor, family problems, manipulation, cons and scams, sexual relations, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 1K
Close to Leo (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When 21 year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he's HIV+, his family quickly rallys around him. Leo travels to Paris with his youngst brother Marcel for treatment. When Leo tries to push his brother ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, tragic hero, family life, parents and children, youth, life is a bitch, family problems, pregnancy, coming out, hiv ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In a mansion decimated during World War II, a frustrated, bored housewife, Yuwen, is torn between caring for her ailing husband and her longing for a former sweetheart, a doctor who has come to treat her husband.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, small town, love and romance, human nature, lovers reunited, small town life, unfulfilled love, couple relations, introspection, romance, crumbling marriage, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 671
Julie Johnson (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A New Jersey housewife is dissatisfied with her everyday life because she is smarter than she or anyone else knows. While taking a computer class, Julie discovers her abilities and finds the courage to make dramatic life changes. This is a story of ...
Style: sincere, touching, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, friendship, follow your dream, lifestyle, forbidden love, road not taken, human nature, parents and children, feminism, couples, love and romance, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: gay, male nudity, teenage life, love affair, depression, beach, youth, coming out, dysfunctional family, romance, fall in love, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, brittany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 791
Antarctica (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Set in Tel Aviv, focuses on an interconnected group of friends and their various relationships. At the center is the adorably bookish Omer, about to turn 30, who still hasn't found himself, and his free-spirited best friend Miki, who both end ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: gay, family relations, introspection, hopes, love and romance, romance, lifestyle, fall in love, couple relations, gender, gays and lesbians, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: sincere, touching, meditative, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: couples, family relations, love affair, obsession, romance, life turned upside down, breakup, couple relations, parents and children, hopes, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1951
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.3
 5K
Tiptoes (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man is reluctant to tell his fiancee that his parents, uncle and brother are dwarfs.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: twins, love, fall in love, family relations, siblings relations, family life, family problems, couples, human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, eccentric family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 698
One More Kiss (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Sarah Hopson realizes her successful high-rise New York lifestyle is devoid of meaning, she packs her bags and heads for her home town in the Scottish Borders to look for Sam, her childhood sweetheart and the only man she ever loved. Sam Murray ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, love triangle, starting over, romance, love and romance, tragic love, lovers reunited, introspection, couple relations, road not taken, midlife crisis, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
You Are Not Alone (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Young teenager Bo (Anders Agensø) is too sensitive for the hothouse atmosphere of a boarding school run by a cold, unfeeling would-be man of the cloth (an uncharacteristically grim Ove Sprogøe). Lonely and scared, he finds a soul mate in the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, erotic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, lgbt child, friendship, coming of age, youth, first love, teenage life, family relations, love and romance, couples, friends, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 4.3
 272
Bedrooms (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Bedrooms tells a story about the walls that separate people, the heartbreak and infidelity that's often the result and the redemption that comes from tearing those walls down. The film is told in 4 stories by 3 filmmakers. Three of the stories ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: love and romance, breakup, couple relations, introspection, twins, unfulfillment, family relations, family problems, infidelity, sexuality, multiple storylines, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Charlotte Sometimes (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Michael, a young mechanic, is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession: his beautiful young roommate.
Style: sincere, sexy, light, captivating, contemplative ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, friendship, love and romance, unfulfilled love, lifestyle, youth, infidelity, nightclub, auto mechanic, gender, romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-n-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, family relations, romance, crumbling marriage, love affair, family problems, fall in love, couple relations, parents and children, couples, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, memphis, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Five Times Two (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As young French couple Gilles and Marion officially separate, we see, in reverse order, the milestone moments in their relationship: Gilles revealing his unfaithfulness at a tense dinner party; Marion giving birth to their premature son while Gilles ...
Style: sincere, enigmatic, non-linear, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: divorce, adultery, infidelity, rape, wedding, childbirth, up and down relationship, family life, romance, introspection, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, italy, senegal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Great Journey (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Morocco, Bulgaria, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Reda, summoned to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca, complies reluctantly - as he preparing for his baccalaureat and, even more important, has a secret love relationship. The trip across Europe in a broken-down car is also the departure ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: on the road, pilgrimage, family relations, culture clash, youth, golden years, society, hopes, teenage life, human nature, parents and children, generation gap ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, saudi arabia, europe, yugoslavia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 3K
Antares (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A deadly car crash sets off three parallel stories of women at crisis points, faltering behind the doors of the same, plain Vienna apartment block.
Style: erotic, psychological, disturbing, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: cheating wife, infidelity, betrayal, explicit sex, extramarital affair, family relations, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, sexual relations, male female relationship, destructive relationship, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 9K
The Greatest (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Teenagers Rose and Bennett were in love, and then a car crash claimed Bennett's life. He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, teenage mother, childhood sweetheart, loss of son, family relations, crumbling marriage, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, teenage life, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008, year 2009
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%