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Calvary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Style: bleak, dark humor, captivating, cynical, psychological, depressing, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: clergy, death threat, priest, human nature, small town life, social relations, confession, goodhearted, small town, character study, mysterious man, investigation, existentialism, catholic church, uncover truth, recovering alcoholic, mystery, painting, irish, moral dilemma, parents and children, religions or cults, father daughter relationship, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and bleak films with plots about family relations, redemption, society, loneliness, storytelling, parents and children and drinking mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Calvary: Stella Days (2011), Winter Light (1963), Garage (2007), The Hunt (2012), Angela's Ashes (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 5.7
 366
Stella Days (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Norway, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A priest stationed in Tipperary, Ireland, is eager to return to Rome. Told he cannot do so until he has raised enough money for the building of a new church, he decides to open a cinema in the local town.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, intellectual
Plot: small town, electricity, clergy, small town life, religions or cults, society, social relations, idealism, hopes, dancing, priest, confession ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland
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95%
 8.1
 17K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, priest, winter, pastor, faith, small town, clergy, isolation, human nature, village, introspection, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.1
 3K
Garage (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer.
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, humorous, psychological ...
Plot: village, gas station, garage, small town, friendship, misfit, social misfits, human nature, solitude, parents and children, small town life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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85%
 8.3
 226K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, small town life, injustice, pedophile, teacher, social relations, human nature, parents and children, dishonesty, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, human nature, parents and children, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations, alcohol abuse, injustice, irish ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, bleak, epic, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: greed, villain, character study, rise to the top, ambition, obsession, oil, lone wolves, clergy, alcoholic, money, bowling alley ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.0
 1K
The Turning (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: human nature, postmodernism, small town, introspection, anthology, indigenous, coastal town, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, friendship, infidelity, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 7.4
 43K
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, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: nun, jewish, anti semitism, orphan, convent, family secret, self discovery, drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, nazism, haunted by the past, life turned upside down ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, mine, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.9
 349K
In Bruges (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, talky, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: irish, hitman, tourist, guilt, death, christmas, suicidal, haunted by the past, partners, redemption, canadian stereotype, church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: belgium, bruges, europe, venice, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: society, social relations, clergy, parents and children, genocide, haunted by the past, racism, americana, against humanity, deadly, dishonesty, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.0
 80K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mentally challenged, small town, friendship, murder, death threat, father figure, autism, gay slur, homosexual, redemption, human nature, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
How Harry Became a Tree (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: his drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany' ) sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic
Plot: village, obsessive quest, village life, life is a bitch, family relations, social relations, tree, scandal, abusive father, feud, adultery, father son relationship ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: realistic, psychological, semi serious, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, crumbling marriage, suburbs, couple relations, dishonesty, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, adultery, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 8.0
 263K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, child prodigy, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, chance, redemption, cancer, seduction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.7
 67K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 73K
The Guard (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass ...
Style: talky, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: drug dealing, blackmail, small town, crime, police investigation, cocaine, fbi, reluctant partners, verbal byplay, drugs/alcohol, irish, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, lawyer, bus, redemption, car accident, school bus, betrayal, lawsuit, incest, drowning, loss of child, artist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 6.6
 1K
The Nephew (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Twenty years ago, Tony Egan's sister went to America. Nobody ever heard of her again. But now, the message of her death arrives in her town of birth. Only days later, her only son Chad arrives, too. Obviously, his mother took a black husband. ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: unlikely couple, interracial relations, island, parents and children, social differences, small town, estrangement, society, family relations, social relations, forbidden love, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.8
 2K
Angels Crest (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in one of the vast and stunningly beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Ethan, one of the town's residents, is a young father but not much more than a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, snow, dealing with death, legal investigation, grief, missing child, death in the family, small town life, family problems, social relations, parents and children, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.6
 41K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mayor, coastal town, injustice, parents and children, political corruption, legal action, legal, rivalry, life is a bitch, human nature, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.1
 3K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: psychological, talky, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, mentally unstable, human nature, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, starting over, romance, friendship, misfit, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, all black cast, tavern, superstition, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, curse, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, teenage life, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.8
 8K
Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: humiliation, alibi, poacher, suicide, small town, coming of age, drowning, innocence lost, village, dealing with death, human nature, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.1
 87
Little Foxes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Alzbeta and Tina are sisters bound by jealousy and love, an unspoken history hovering over them like a dark cloud. It is this history that compels Alzbeta to refuse Tina's help in finding a better life, until the day arrives that forces them to ...
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: jealousy, sibling relationship, couple relations, betrayal, envy, family, au pair, siblings relations, haunted by the past, family relations, couples, sex scene ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, slovakia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.
Style: psychological, talky, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, revenge, vengeance, haunted by the past, reconciliation, ira, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, dealing with death, deadly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1975, 2000s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide thoughts, old friends, addiction, human nature, drugs/alcohol, introspection, urban, rehabilitation, starting over, thirtysomething life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, oslo norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.1
 1K
Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest couple announces their in-vitro is a success. Then ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: infidelity, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, love affair, parents and children, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, golden years ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, arson, vandalism, vietnam war, human nature, siblings relations, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa, vietnam, asia, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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