Movies like The Illumination

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The Illumination (1973)
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The Illumination (1973)
Original name: Iluminacja
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Krzysztof Zanussi's groundbreaking film chronicles a decade in the life of a young physics student whose absolute faith in the primacy of rationality and science is shaken by tragedy and affairs of the heart.
Plot: psychology, meaning of life, monkey, scientist, philosophy, physicist, marriage, nerd, mountain climbing, electrocution, brain surgery
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: poland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and cynical films with plots about male nudity, female nudity, marriage, nudity (full frontal - brief), husband wife relationship, death and meaning of life mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Illumination: The Structure of Crystal (1969), The Constant Factor (1980), Behind The Wall (1971), Spiral (1978), Kontrakt (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Structure of Crystal (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Physicist John worked as a meteorologist. He lives in a small village with his wife, a teacher. Meanwhile, his friend from university, Mark, is doing a research career. Trying to get John to return to academic work in the capital. Mark is not ...
Style: intellectual
Plot: moral dilemma, old friends, science, provincial life, university, point of view, weatherman, school teacher, scientist, discussion, countryside, meaning of life ...
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The Constant Factor (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The main character in this effective, convincing drama is Witold (Tadeusz Bradecki) who is high in what later would be termed the "emotional quotient" or the ability to bounce back from adverse, tragic circumstances. Witold has been ...
Plot: death of mother, death of father, dying, death, corruption, fired from the job, father son relationship, mountaineer, frame up, illness, mother son relationship
Place: poland, himalaya
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Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of a doctor named Tomasz who questions his beliefs, faith and morality as his end is near, so he makes all efforts to find dignity in his imminent death.
Style: captivating, serious, tricky, clever
Plot: doctor, cancer, meaning of life, terminal illness, cynicism, ex husband ex wife relationship, suffering, pain, death, life & death, corpse, divorce ...
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82%
Behind The Wall (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 56 min.
Story: Jan is a young assistant professor in chemistry and a workaholic, Anna is an unsuccessful science writer who turns to Jan for advice and human compassion, but Jan, absorbed with his career, remains immune to Anna's clumsy efforts to pierce his ...
Plot: writers, suicide attempt, chemistry, professor, workaholic, biologist, male female relationship, studying, research, career, loneliness, stranger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Spiral (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In what appears to be an inexplicable incident, a man drives up to a resort hotel in midwinter, throws away his car keys, enters, and proceeds to agitate everyone he meets with his urgency -- a message he is somehow unable to communicate. Then he ...
Plot: depression, lecture, fear of death, hopelessness, morgue, suicide, hospital, mountain, male female relationship, jumping through a window, climbing, death ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.8
 182
Kontrakt (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Bearing traces of the old Anton Chekhov play The Wedding, The Contract is set during an "arranged" ceremony. The bride and groom barely know each other, but this matters not at all to their tradition-bound families. At the last minute, the ...
Plot: exhibitionist, sauna, sex, snow, wedding, party, doctor, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief)
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Weekend Stories: A Woman's Business (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 56 min.
Story: A woman whose passport was denied under the previous Communist regime by a vindictive party secretary is given a chance to confront the woman and take revenge.
Plot: break up, businesswoman, politics, communist, revenge, forgiveness, lie, passport, university student, invitation, breakup, polish history ...
Time: 80s
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55%
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Superwelt (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 120 min.
Story: SUPERWORLD is a story about God and the world: a world whose heroine WORKS the till and a God we never see nor hear, but whose presence we feel throughout the film. Lead actress Ulrike Beimpold delivers a remarkable, moving performance as a woman ...
Plot: meaning of life, marriage, belief
Place: austria
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Nine Days of One Year (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two young scientists are exploring new fields of nuclear physics. Dmitry Gusev and Ilya Kulikov are good friends, but rivals in love. Dmitry marries Lyolya and they live happily together. Luck has it that he makes an important discovery. ...
Plot: scientist, marriage crisis, nuclear, dysfunctional marriage, romantic rivalry, risk, marital problem, terminal illness, husband wife relationship, male female relationship, sickness, radioactivity ...
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The Tenth Level (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Inspired by the Stanley Milgram obedience research, this TV movie chronicles a psychology professor's study to determine why people, such as the Nazis, were willing to "just follow orders" and do horrible things to others. Professor ...
Plot: psychology, experiment, obedience, college professor, university, scientific experiment
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The Supplement (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An examination of the relationship between an indecisive medical student and his fiancee. Follow up to "Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease" (2000)
Plot: decision, dilemma, homelessness, meaning of life, faith, makeup artist, medical student, monastery, destiny, life, first sex, couples ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Random Love Story (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 52 min.
Story: This 50-minutes long TV production, Wiszniewski's only feature film, is the story of a young worker, who is given a flat by his union commission on condition that he gets married.
Plot: marriage, apartment, husband wife relationship, unhappy marriage, sister in law, worker, factory, forced marriage
Place: poland
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This Summer Feeling (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sasha, a French woman of thirty, dies suddenly in Berlin. Her Fiancé, Lawrence, and her sister Zoé, must come to terms as the consequences of this shock set in.
Style: psychological, touching, disturbing, contemplative, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: friendship, psychology, death, loss of lover, meaning of life, romance, love and romance, couples, psychological drama, love, drawing, male nudity ...
Place: paris france, new york, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Emily (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A young married couple struggles to stay together after the husband suffers a crisis of faith.
Style: christian film
Plot: philosophy, existential crisis, marriage, coffee, love, religion
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Revenge (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Polish Psychological Drama
Plot: metaphysics, confession, old friend, meaning of life, husband wife relationship, memory, aging, mountain, reunion
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
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Hands Up! (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Beginning with a sci-fi prologue before finding itself with several doctors attending a medical school reunion in a sealed-up railway carriage. Between drinks, the disenchanted medicos ruminate over the effect that communism (particularly the ...
Style: political
Plot: communism, medical profession, politics, plaster cast, post apocalypse, cinema
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Camouflage (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the straightforward, intimate approach to students. He is opposed in ...
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: manipulation, intrigue, satire, summer camp, nudity (full frontal - brief), contests and competitions, university, idealism, human nature, teachers and students, campus, power relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Maria Montessori: una vita per i bambini (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 200 min.
Story: The story of Maria Montessori the most famous pedagogue of the world. She spent all her life to make her "metodo" (method) accepted in the archaic Italian school system, while the rest of the world immediately understand the importance of ...
Plot: italian fascism, feminism, scientist, illegitimate son, school, children, education, university, philosophy, fascism
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Too Far to Go (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Love and passion, anger and heartbreak, laughter and happiness, all complex textures woven into the fabric so many have come to know as marriage. For behind the seemingly comfortable well-trimmed hedges of suburban Americana, live and often love, ...
Plot: husband wife relationship, marriage, adultery, wedding, engagement, divorce, dancing, dysfunctional marriage, extramarital affair
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 70s, 60s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Hospital of the Transfiguration (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The film is set in 1943 in a mental asylum in the country. But this is an unusual hospital: there are several incurable schizophrenic cases, staff is bit strange and a writer has voluntarily entered the clinic because he is "peculiar" and ...
Plot: doctor, mental institution, world war two, nazi occupation, diagnosis, dilemma, male nudity, death, cyanide, suicide by poison, brain surgery, moral dilemma ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s
Place: poland
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A Room with a View on the Sea (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two psychiatrists attempt to save a suicidal man.
Plot: student, rescue, old man, suicide attempt, jumping from height, mistaken identity, police, falling from height, fiance fiancee relationship, psychology, coworker, teacher student relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Seduction by the Sea (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Yugoslavia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young women is hired by a woman to seduce her son and convince him to return to home from his self-induced exile.
Plot: island, marriage, seduction, female nudity, sex, frustration, nudity (full frontal - brief)
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Wielki bieg (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in 1952, the story follows events around the "Peace Run", a propaganda 3-day marathon for peace. The winner is to be presented with a new motorcycle by the country's president. Chief organizer is a ruthless manipulator who will ...
Plot: stalinism, communist propaganda, letter, male nudity, race, shower, political activist, communism, president
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.8
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Blind Chance (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: train, destiny, politics, student, chance, airplane, love and romance, polish, couples, militant, infidelity, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: poland, libya, europe, new jersey, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Law and the Fist (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the end of World War Two, Polish people move to the western lands vacated by Germans. But some ruthless profiteers pose as government representatives and intend to make off with loot from a deserted town they took over. One honest man stands up ...
Plot: world war two, train, violence, gun, death by gunshot, shooting, death, drinking alcohol, murder, post war, ghost town, drinking
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: poland
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31%
Along Came a Spider (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: The widow of a scientist who was murdered by his colleagues goes undercover at the research lab where he worked to expose them.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, mind bending
Plot: scientist, intrigue, amateur detective, rivalry, deadly, crimes, disorder, mystery, laboratory, experiment gone awry, uncover truth, undercover ...
Time: 60s
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31%
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Foreign Body (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland, Italy, Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A dashing young Italian in Poland finds himself caught between two women — a novitiate nun and a ruthless corporate ladder-climber — in this lacerating vision of contemporary Poland from master filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, tense, erotic
Plot: couples, clergy, workplace situations, couple relations, dishonesty, human nature, workplace, society, workplace intrigue, religions or cults, power relations, boss and employee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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29%
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Black Sun (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After learning the identity of the man who killed her husband, a young widow struggles with whether to forgive the killer or avenge her husband's death
Plot: male nudity, female nudity, pubic hair, loss of husband, funeral, male full rear nudity, female full frontal nudity, falling off a cliff, revenge, wedding dress
Place: sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: heroes, working class, friendship, politics, eviction, injustice, testimony, idealism, pregnancy, father daughter relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 1950s
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Ida (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Denmark, France, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, melancholic, art house ...
Plot: nun, family secret, anti semitism, orphan, faith, uncover truth, jewish, haunted by the past, human nature, self discovery, introspection, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: poland, europe, denmark
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29%