Contemplative movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant contemplative movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out contemplative, realistic, serious, atmospheric, stylized and captivating films and TV shows about / with family relations, friendship, introspection, hopes, society, couples, self discovery, female nudity, runaway and unfulfillment plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres shot in France, USA, Germany and other countries.
contemplative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as contemplative: Land of Plenty (2014), The Girl from Nowhere (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013), Erratum (2010), White Nights on the Pier (2014), Paradise (2014), Out of Nature (2014), Corn Island (2014), Winter in the Blood (2013).

List of contemplative movies

Land of Plenty (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: Argentina, Denmark, France, Mexico, USA, Germany, Brazil, Netherlands
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.
Style: contemplative, atmospheric, surreal, serious, captivating ...
Plot: desert, escapades, track down, parents and children, on the road, family relations, love and romance, father daughter relationship, murder, cause and meaning, fall in love, chases and races ...
Place: argentina
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The Girl from Nowhere (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife’s death and occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured on his doorstep, and ...
Style: contemplative, surreal, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: introspection, self discovery, hopes, paranormal phenomena, mysterious girl, loneliness, supernatural power, ghost, nudity (full frontal - brief), reincarnation, religion, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Style: atmospheric, meditative, contemplative, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: musician's life, music, musician, loneliness, cat, singer, guitar, homeless, ambition, introspection, life is a bitch, follow your dream ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A series of snapshots from the life of a fictional actress named Shirley serves to weave together thirteen paintings by Edward Hopper (e.g. "Office at Night", "Western Motel", "Usherette", "A Woman in the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, contemplative, experimental ...
Plot: relationship vs career, idealism, couple relations, ambition, actor's life, americana, workplace, repression, society, couples, hopes, postmodernism ...
Time: 60s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s ...
Place: usa
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Erratum (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Michał jedzie do miasta swojego urodzenia, aby załatwić sprawę o którą prosi go szef i od razu wracać. Sprawy przybierają jednak inny obrót. Michał musi pozostać tu parę dni dłużej. Chodząc po mieście spotyka bliskie mu niegdyś ...
Style: contemplative, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, homecoming, haunted by the past, buddies, family relations, parents and children, estrangement, profanity, redemption, hopes, friends, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe
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White Nights on the Pier (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A man walks every night along the jetty. There he meets a young woman who is waiting for the man of her life. Over four nights, they discuss life and he gradually falls in love with her.
Style: contemplative, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, talky ...
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, introspection, romance, seaport, unfulfillment, love
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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Paradise (2014)
Country: France
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A commentary on the place Cavalier grew up, in search of faith and despair in digital filmmaking.
Style: experimental, contemplative, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: countryside, unfulfillment, introspection, cause and meaning, innocence lost, black cat, holy communion, dead bird, bird, swan, little girl, dead animal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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Out of Nature (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Out of Nature is a journey inside Martins head. A family father in his 30s living in a small town of Norway. He feels alienated in his own life and longs to get away. Away from his job, away from his family, into the woods, up to the mountains. ...
Style: contemplative, semi serious, psychological, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: hiking, self discovery, introspection, mountain, nature, midlife crisis, existentialism, imagination, estrangement, family relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), running ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, norway, eastern europe
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Corn Island (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Inguri River forms a natural border dividing Georgia from Abkhazia. One of the spring floods has created a little island in the middle of the river, as if made for the cultivation of corn. At least, this is the belief of an old peasant, whose ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: island, corn, family relations, wartime life, life is a bitch, golden years, elderly, teenage girl, female nudity, grandfather granddaughter relationship, military, river ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia
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Winter in the Blood (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young, self-destructive Montana Blackfoot Indian, his mind groggy with alcohol and tormented by childhood memories, discovers that his wife has left him, taking with her his prize rifle. He sets out to find her, but what he's really searching ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsessive quest, introspection, self discovery, on the road, hung over, native american, twilight
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
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1001 Grams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. Finally Marie is forced to come to terms with how much a ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, dull life, unfulfillment, frustration, scientist, estrangement, love, bittersweet, love affair, love and romance, female nudity, bathtub ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, norway, france, europe
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Sheep (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a small French town is rocked by a bizarre incident.
Style: stylized, sincere, serious, contemplative, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, youth, workplace, realism, teenage life, workplace situations, social relations, small town, restaurant, small town life, friends, female director ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
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The Quiet Roar (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 77 min.
Story: MARIANNE (Evabritt Strandberg) is a 68-year old woman diagnosed with a terminal disease. Left with angst, she seeks therapy at a clinic where she is treated with Psilocybin (LSD) and meditation by a counselor, Eva (Hanna Schygulla). Through this she ...
Style: serious, contemplative, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: aging, introspection, elderly, drug abuse, terminal illness, dealing with death, disease, youth
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, norway
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Hold Back (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Paris, today. Dorcy, a young black Christian, wants to marry Sabrina, a young North African. It what would be a simple matter if it weren't for the fact that Sabrina has 40 brothers and that this easygoing wedding has crystallized a taboo ...
Style: sincere, contemplative, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, forbidden love, immigrants, love and romance, human nature, impossible love, family in crisis, society, family problems, unfulfillment, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
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The Uncertainty Principle (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Having lost her place among the social elite, a widow remarries and starts a family.
Style: contemplative, realistic, cynical, talky, stylized ...
Plot: starting over, estate, hopes, destiny, rich and poor, infidelity, down on your luck, social differences, couples, life is a bitch, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal
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Shirin (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, atmospheric, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: theater, strong female presence, play, artists and showbiz, feminism, face, women, auditorium, cinema
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
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Swingtown (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
TV show
Story: This period and relationship drama takes viewers back to the 1970s for a look at suburban households testing the murky waters of sexual revolution following swingers throughout open marriages, "key parties" and other swingers extravaganzas.
Style: realistic, contemplative, sexy, stylized, serious ...
Plot: swinger, mate swapping, wife swapping, swingers, family relations, couples, suburbs, neighbor, couple relations, family life, society, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, year 1976, 20th century
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois
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Speer und er (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being ...
Style: sincere, contemplative, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, post war, delusion, anti semitism, war criminal, archive footage, holocaust, dictatorship, german, haunted by the past, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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Bunuel and King Solomon's Table (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Spain, Mexico, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Toledo in the 30s: The godfather of cinematic surrealism, Luis Buñuel, the poet Federico Garcia Loca and the painter Salvador Dalí are on a search for the mythical table of King Salomon, which is known to have the power to see in the past, the ...
Style: surreal, mind bending, stylized, clever, contemplative ...
Plot: surrealism, ancient mystery, riddles and clues, filmmaking, political unrest, city life, urban, performer's life, teleportation, godparent, artists and showbiz, imaginary ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 2000s
Place: spain
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Live! (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A mockumentary following an ambitious TV network executive trying to produce a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian Roulette
Style: witty, semi serious, contemplative, humorous, clever ...
Plot: russian roulette, rivalry, ambition, artists and showbiz, ratings, filmmaking, showbiz, tv show, human nature, satire, profanity, extreme sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Hedgehog (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often ...
Style: contemplative, psychological, realistic, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, suicidal thoughts, introspection, child, youth, hopes, social differences, death wish, little girl, family relations, restaurant, 11 year old ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Labrador (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A desolate, windswept island. Stella and Oskar, a young couple, visit Stella's father Nathan who lives alone with his labrador. Stella is pregnant and looking forward to having a baby, but Oskar appears to have doubts. When Oskar falls prey to ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, emotional, contemplative, tense ...
Plot: family relations, couples, rivalry, pregnancy, couple relations, intrigue, dishonesty, manipulation, island, pets, parents and children, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, europe
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Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, captivating, epic ...
Plot: human nature, human spirit, politics, battles, historical figure, society, political unrest, heroes, hopes, state affairs, leadership, historic figure ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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Valhalla Rising (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, contemplative, surreal, rough ...
Plot: vikings, viking, vengeance, warrior, heroes, danger, lone wolves, captivity, new world, one eyed man, adventure, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century, future
Place: holy land, scotland, europe, jerusalem
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Departures (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a ...
Style: psychological, contemplative, thought provoking, philosophical, sad ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, workplace, new job, small town life, cello, death, ritual, cellist, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death of father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Aura (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In neo-noir fashion El Aura narrates in the first person the hallucinating voyage of Espinoza, a quiet, cynical taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, and is obsessed with committing the perfect crime.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: heist, murder, betrayal, taxidermy, hunting, epilepsy, weekend, perfect crime, deadly, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, accidental killing ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america, patagonia
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Three (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The final installment in director Lucas Belvaux's trilogy follows Pascal, a cop who sees a return to credibility in the capture of escaped convict Bruno--who in turn is harbored by Pascal's morphine-addicted wife Agnes. Pascal's ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative, bleak ...
Plot: drug dealing, police corruption, haunted by the past, introspection, moral dilemma, downfall, crimes, deadly, fugitives, on the run, life is a bitch, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, usa, austria ...
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All the Real Girls (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an ...
Style: contemplative, sincere, touching, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, small town, regret, romance, crumbling relationship, introspection, human nature, couple relations, infidelity, virginity, mechanic, clown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, southern usa, usa, california
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Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico, France, Morocco, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, tokyo, asia ...
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