Movies like The River 2001

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The River
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
Plot: factory, crumbling marriage, hospital, dealing with death, small town, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfilled love, dysfunctional family, teenage life, estrangement, coming of age, love and romance, unfulfillment, youth, couples, family problems, babies and infants, gays and lesbians, golden years, small town life, hopes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: finland
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Drama, Romance
Taiwan, Japan
173 min.
 8.1
A Brief Vacation
Drama, Romance
Italy, Spain
112 min.
 7.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about couples, love and romance, family relations, husband wife relationship, family problems, unfulfillment and kiss mostly in Romance and Drama genres. Some movies like The River: Saturn in Opposition (2007), After the Deluge (2003), Free Radicals (2003), Three Dancing Slaves (2004), Empire Falls (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Saturn in Opposition
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Country: Italy, France, Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
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Time: contemporary
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After the Deluge
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Duration: 194 min.
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Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Free Radicals
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe, brazil, africa
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    User:   89%
 
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Three Dancing Slaves
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 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, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
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Empire Falls
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Duration: 197 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: contemporary
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A Brief Vacation
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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 ...
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Julie Johnson
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Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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One More Kiss
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Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s
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    User:   63%
 
My Life Without Me
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Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   64%
    User:   69%
 
Twice in a Lifetime
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: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington
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    User:   52%
 
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Vernie
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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His Brother
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Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, emotional
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    User:   62%
 
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Blackmail Boy
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Springtime in a Small Town
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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: crumbling marriage, introspection, romance, small town, couple relations, love triangle, unfulfilled love, road not taken, dull life, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 40s
Place: asia, china, shanghai, shanghai china
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Julie Walking Home
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Canada, Poland, USA
Duration: 113 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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, psychological
Plot: dealing with death, human nature, romance, introspection, infidelity, redemption, child illness, parents and children, pregnancy, true love, terminal illness, betrayal ...
Place: europe, holland, poland, canada
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System:   48%
    User:   50%
 
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Take My Eyes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: suburbs, crumbling marriage, domestic violence, museum, starting over, human nature, introspection, redemption, couple relations, infidelity, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary
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System:   48%
    User:   47%
 
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The Twilight of the Golds
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She must decide whether to keep the child, or to have an ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, talky, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family life, babies and infants, gays and lesbians, single parent, crumbling marriage, parents and children, gay, genetics, acceptance, abortion, baby, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
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    User:   50%
 
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Antares
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: serious, gloomy, sexual, realistic, psychological
Plot: disco, hospital, elderly lovers, crumbling marriage, sex, introspection, infidelity, obsession, couple relations, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna
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System:   48%
    User:   51%
 
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Cole
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A small town youth finds fulfillment and romance in a big city's creative writing course, but feels obliged to sacrifice them when his sister's home life deteriorates in his absence.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: unlikely couple, small town, coming of age, human nature, fall in love, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, small town life, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, british columbia
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Square Dance
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An awkward 13-year-old (Winona Ryder) leaves her cranky grandfather (Jason Robards) in rural Texas, to live with her mother (Jane Alexander) in Fort Worth.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
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Four Sheets to the Wind
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, coming of age, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, family relations, starting over, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, last wish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
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His Secret Life
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce wholesaler named Michele.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, aids, gay, loneliness, marriage, death, mother daughter relationship, adultery, male nudity, homosexuality, cross dressing, art ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, italy, istanbul turkey, rome italy, milan italy
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System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
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Little Lili
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: This film, loosely inspired by Anton Chekov's The Seagull, weaves a story about sex, family and the business of making films. When the young and overly sensitive filmmaker Julien screens his new DV art-film starring his girlfriend Lili ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, sexual
Plot: fall in love, actor's life, romance, writer's life, obsession, couple relations, love triangle, sexual relations, unfulfilled love, midlife crisis, artists and showbiz, filmmaking ...
Time: contemporary
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System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
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Evening
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, wedding, mother daughter relationship, love, death, love affair, memory, fall in love, destiny, gay, love and romance, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 20th century, 21st century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
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System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
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Come Undone
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 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: sexual, emotional, serious, sentimental, reflective ...
Plot: gay, depression, coming of age, romance, male nudity, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, hospital, innocence lost, loneliness, relationships, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, frankfurt germany
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System:   43%
    User:   46%
 
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Dandelion
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where families exist in fragmented silence and love seems to have gone missing. Then Mason meets Danny, a sensitive and troubled girl, and their tender ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: young heroes, young lovers, romance, factory, innocence lost, small town, dysfunctional family, teenage love, coming of age, family in crisis, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, washington state
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System:   42%
    User:   38%
 

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Genre: Drama, Romance
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Country: USA, Canada
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