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
Plot: factory, hospital, small town, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, 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

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 kiss, sex, crying, drinking, family relations, couples and love and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like The River: After the Deluge (2003), Saturn in Opposition (2007), A Brief Vacation (1973), My Life Without Me (2003), Vernie (2004). 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: serious, gloomy, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, haunted by the past, mental illness, family life, hopes, unfulfillment ...
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: serious, sincere, talky, realistic, clever
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, infidelity, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, introspection, couple relations, pregnancy, love affair, midlife crisis, terminal illness, twentysomething life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, psychological
Plot: factory, friendship, crumbling marriage, human nature, romance, redemption, self discovery, couple relations, fall in love, love affair, parents and children, fish out of water ...
Time: 70s
Place: milan italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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: touching, sentimental, sincere, sad, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, parent child relationship, daughter, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 5.8
 37
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: serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, terminal illness, friendship, store, cafe, life is a bitch, romance, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, friends, babies and infants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: dark humor, serious, humorous, realistic, sexual
Plot: school, small town, crying, classroom, gay, land developer, infidelity, murder, gays and lesbians, single parent, in the closet, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.7
 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: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, emotional
Plot: terminal illness, human nature, parents and children, sibling relationship, estranged family member, homosexuality, disease, reconciliation, estranged father, siblings relations, family in crisis, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 490
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere
Plot: shopping mall, paralysis, dealing with death, love affair, small town, parents and children, death in the family, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, introspection, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe, africa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Julie Walking Home (2002)
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: serious, atmospheric, emotional, realistic, psychological
Plot: infidelity, pregnancy, betrayal, dealing with death, romance, human nature, introspection, redemption, child illness, parents and children, true love, terminal illness ...
Place: poland, europe, holland, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, coming of age, unfulfillment, family relations, starting over, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, last wish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.1
 612
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, semi serious, touching, realistic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, friendship, gays and lesbians, follow your dream, family drama, school, feminism, college, couple relations, forbidden love, parents and children, singleness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Three Dancing Slaves (2004)
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: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: transsexual, coming of age, algerian, slave, gays and lesbians, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, working class, martial arts, sex, sibling relationship, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alps, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.3
 2K
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: disco, hospital, elderly lovers, sex, infidelity, pregnancy, crumbling marriage, introspection, obsession, couple relations, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone (2000)
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, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, coming of age, romance, fall in love, male friendship, relationship problems, summer vacation, gay relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.9
 12K
Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's ...
Style: serious, sentimental, depressing, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: teenage love, small town, small town life, depression, dysfunctional family, parents and children, couple relations, young love, family problems, first love, single parent, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
 615
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, terminal illness, couple relations, romance, love, ex-lover, tragic love, small town, lovers reunited, road not taken, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.3
 2K
Little Lili (2003)
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: clever, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: filmmaking, fall in love, actor's life, romance, writer's life, obsession, couple relations, love triangle, sexual relations, unfulfilled love, midlife crisis, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Witnesses (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Manu arrives in Paris, in the early days of AIDS, at the beginning of the 1980s. He strikes up a friendship with Adrien, a wealthy doctor in his early fifties, who introduces him to Sarah and Mehdi, a young couple.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, clever ...
Plot: aids, friendship, doctor, opera singer, prostitute, cruising, moral dilemma, infidelity, friends, hiv, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, year 1985
Place: europe, france, marseille, munich germany, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: obsession, crumbling marriage, postmodernism, couple relations, romance, unfulfillment, couples, love affair, parents and children, breakup, life turned upside down, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: opera, infidelity, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love affair, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, fall in love, musician's life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 168K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, nurse, crumbling marriage, couple relations, dysfunctional family, depression, lust, strong sexual content, dancing, classroom, bridge, truck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
His Secret Life (2001)
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, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: aids, friendship, transsexual, infidelity, gays and lesbians, family, gay relationship, love and romance, couples, friends, dealing with death, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: milan italy, istanbul turkey, rome italy, spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: serious, sexual, erotic, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, love triangle, fall in love, gays and lesbians, romance, young lovers, crumbling marriage, couple relations, destructive relationship, forbidden love, infidelity, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 969
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: serious, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, family life, sibling relationship, hiv, transsexual, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, coming out, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: midlife crisis, wedding, coma, first love, family, dysfunctional family, human nature, introspection, bullying, middle class, love triangle, daughter ...
Time: 90s
Place: taipei, asia, taiwan, japan, mcdonald's restaurant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Heart of Me (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Drama set in 1930s London with two sisters, Madeleine married to Rickie, and Dinah, who falls in love with him. Rickie and Dinah begin an affair which is to have repercussions throughout all their lives.
Style: clever, serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, pregnancy, couples, family relations, love affair, romance, parents and children, haunted by the past, fall in love, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 8K
5x2 (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: serious, gloomy, tense, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, infidelity, sex, rape, voyeurism, wedding, cheating wife, romance, crumbling marriage, strong sexual content, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 4K
Heavy (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: waitress, seduction, obesity, pizza, small town, parents and children, jealousy, unfulfilled love, rejection, fast food restaurant, sexual fantasy, physical appearance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 2K
Dandelion (2004)
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: small town, dysfunctional family, teenage love, coming of age, friendship, young heroes, young lovers, romance, factory, innocence lost, family in crisis, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, sexual
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, youth, coming of age, teenage life, love and romance, young lovers, school, parents and children, friends, boarding school life, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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