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The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  regret,  inheritance,  cruelty,  hope,  education,  bullying,  grief,  guilt,  theft,  memory,  fear,  jealousy,  religion,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:texas,  storm,  china,  ocean,  courtroom,  sea,  woods,  elevator,  bicycle,  desert,  bathtub,  cemetery,  forest,  church,  school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:engineer,  chinese,  catholic,  christianity,  waitress,  bully,  christian,  thief,  priest,  baby,  musician,  policeman,  children,  boy
Period:1950s
Story:tree swing,  reading a newspaper,  childhood memory,  playing catch,  water hose,  crying baby,  kicking a can,  card playing,  wind chime,  birth of son,  planet earth,  giving birth,  waco texas,  jumping from a tree,  planting a tree,  reading aloud,  death by drowning,  climbing a tree,  glass coffin,  bubble bath,  abandoned house,  lighting a candle,  survival of the fittest,  swimming underwater,  guitar player,  running into water,  glass elevator,  piano player,  baseball bat,  newborn baby,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  school bell,  death of boy,  bare chested boy,  walking on a beach,  swimming pool,  little boy,  death notification,  death in family,  reference to arturo toscanini,  learning to walk,  parents arguing,  hit with a board,  reference to johannes brahms,  floating in the air,  begins with a quotation,  hanging out washing,  electrical shock,  ice tray,  resentment toward father,  praying hands,  origins of life,  artificial respiration,  reference to job,  death wish,  tolling bell,  rolling down a hill,  eye mask,  air rifle,  begins with a quote,  hand clapping game,  pantheism,  holding head underwater,  dirge,  ddt,  pinecone,  destroying property,  fertilization,  limping man,  hairbrush,  wanting to die,  vein,  time capsule,  watering can,  crossing oneself,  wading in water,  strict father,  daily life,  pipe organ,  blowing bubbles,  streetlight,  child as main character,  bb gun,  bad news,  big bang,  learning to read,  patent,  tarkovskyesque,  plain,  laundry drying on clothes line,  somersault,  three brothers,  electric fan,  blessing,  lawn sprinkler,  ancestry,  stained glass window,  sunflower,  embryo,  loss of innocence,  power plant,  car repair,  looking in a window,  jumping on a bed,  playing,  jigsaw puzzle,  cosmos,  schoolyard,  sparkler,  hand kissing,  trashcan,  heartbeat,  washing dishes,  steam,  organist,  expectant father,  hose,  ice cube,  snooping,  domineering father,  19 year old,  kneeling,  overhead shot,  saying grace,  expectant mother,  dare,  plant in title,  courthouse,  wave,  fetus,  silhouette,  toy gun,  prehistoric times,  car radio,  distrust,  grass,  treehouse,  stars,  telegram,  breaking a window,  meteor,  failure,  train tracks,  electric shock,  universe,  stroke,  envy,  lava,  very little dialogue,  seagull,  whispering,  looking out a window,  pregnant wife,  naivety,  skyscraper,  lizard,  escalator,  stairway,  homecoming,  baptism,  12 year old,  notebook,  gardening,  being followed,  handshake,  moving,  fast motion scene,  spitting,  sermon,  younger version of character,  shame,  loss of brother,  marital problem,  growing up,  existentialism,  barbecue,  swing,  choir,  shadow,  attic,  sibling rivalry,  volcano,  cigarette lighter,  bible quote,  butterfly,  sun,  child protagonist,  insect,  loss of son,  kicking,  mourning,  afterlife,  thunder,  suffering,  wind,  promise,  following someone,  end of the world,  dinosaur,  ambition,  birth,  ladder,  shark,  swimsuit,  planet,  stealing,  guitarist,  vandalism,  listening to music,  recording,  breaking and entering,  fainting,  grandmother grandson relationship,  destiny,  eyeglasses,  machismo,  record player,  black american,  hate,  redhead,  killing,  trust,  death of son,  sleeping,  class,  death of brother,  flower,  waterfall,  garden,  childbirth,  court,  flowers,  reading,  storytelling,  fired from the job,  liar,  suburb,  clown,  tree,  flash forward,  gunshot,  pain,  drowning,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  journey,  search,  photography,  bath,  coffin,  outer space,  man with glasses,  apology,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  baseball,  fish,  snake,  house,  eating,  bridge,  police car,  candle,  dysfunctional family,  flashlight,  newspaper,  survival,  halloween,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  prayer,  classroom,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  avant garde,  urban setting,  lingerie,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  arrest,  cat,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  small town,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  explosion,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  dog,  police

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:hope,  grief,  marriage
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:thief,  priest,  musician,  boy
Story:reading aloud,  piano player,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  three brothers,  overhead shot,  telegram,  stairway,  being followed,  handshake,  loss of brother,  cigarette lighter,  loss of son,  kicking,  mourning,  thunder,  promise,  following someone,  eyeglasses,  death of son,  death of brother,  liar,  flash forward,  gunshot,  graveyard,  coffin,  apology,  candle,  prayer,  piano,  dead body,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  fight,  death,  dog

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Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  theft
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  baby,  musician,  boy
Period:1950s
Story:guitar player,  piano player,  little boy,  wave,  looking out a window,  fast motion scene,  birth,  guitarist,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  sleeping,  reading,  flash forward,  graveyard,  house,  eating,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  book,  mirror,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Upstream Color (2013)
Drama, Sci-fi

Upstream Color (2013)

Kris is attacked one night, and hypnotized, using a grub with hypnotic properties, administered by a thief. She follows the thief's instructions to give him everything, even taking out loans. After the worms are extracted, she wakes up to find her life ruined. She's lost her job, her finances are destroyed. Years later, she meets Jeff whom she may have a lot in common with. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:elevator,  bicycle,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:reading aloud,  swimming underwater,  swimming pool,  train tracks,  very little dialogue,  looking out a window,  escalator,  gardening,  swimsuit,  eyeglasses,  black american,  sleeping,  flower,  reading,  fired from the job,  underwater scene,  bath,  apology,  eating,  flashlight,  swimming,  cafe,  avant garde,  running,  book,  painting,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  telephone call,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  fight,  death

Hesher (2010) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Comedy, Drama

Hesher (2010)

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  grief,  memory,  jealousy
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  school
Characters:bully,  policeman,  boy
Story:abandoned house,  swimming pool,  stained glass window,  looking in a window,  breaking a window,  looking out a window,  being followed,  cigarette lighter,  suffering,  following someone,  guitarist,  vandalism,  listening to music,  breaking and entering,  grandmother grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  sleeping,  class,  flowers,  storytelling,  liar,  suburb,  pain,  bath,  coffin,  apology,  snake,  eating,  swimming,  guitar,  classroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  fight,  police,  death

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Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. This is why Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  cruelty,  bullying,  fear
Locations:woods,  bathtub,  forest,  school
Characters:bully,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:reading aloud,  suburb,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  swimming pool,  looking in a window,  looking out a window,  12 year old,  sun,  child protagonist,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  class,  reading,  liar,  tree,  drowning,  underwater scene,  eating,  bridge,  police car,  flashlight,  newspaper,  swimming,  classroom,  dead body,  lie,  book,  arrest,  cat,  mirror,  food,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  dog,  kiss,  police

High-rise (2015)
Drama

High-rise (2015)

Class struggle becomes all too real as a young doctor moves into a modern apartment block in suburban 1975 London. Drugs, drink & debauchery dissolve into murder, mayhem and misogyny in this pseudo-post-apocalyptic breakdown of societal norms.

Locations:elevator
Characters:baby,  policeman,  boy
Story:crying baby,  swimming underwater,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  overhead shot,  distrust,  seagull,  stairway,  cigarette lighter,  kicking,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  sleeping,  class,  garden,  childbirth,  flash forward,  drowning,  underwater scene,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  police car,  candle,  flashlight,  swimming,  dead body,  reference to god,  lie,  painting,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  dog

Biutiful (2010)
Drama, Romance

Biutiful (2010)

Uxbal, single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his life in order to escape the heat of crime in underground Barcelona, to break with the love for the divorced, manic depressive, abusive mother of his children and to regain spiritual insight in his life as he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  guilt,  memory,  fear,  religion,  marriage
Locations:woods,  cemetery,  forest,  church,  school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:chinese,  baby,  policeman,  children,  boy
Story:crying baby,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little boy,  bad news,  sparkler,  heartbeat,  distrust,  breaking a window,  mourning,  afterlife,  suffering,  breaking and entering,  trust,  death of son,  flowers,  pain,  photography,  coffin,  apology,  child abuse,  fish,  eating,  police car,  candle,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  arrest,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  kiss,  police,  death

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The Road (2009) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  theft,  memory,  fear
Mood:epic
Locations:ocean,  bathtub,  forest,  church,  beach
Characters:thief,  boy
Story:giving birth,  abandoned house,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  expectant father,  expectant mother,  pregnant wife,  12 year old,  cigarette lighter,  suffering,  birth,  stealing,  trust,  sleeping,  waterfall,  childbirth,  flowers,  reading,  pain,  journey,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  bridge,  candle,  survival,  swimming,  piano,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  dog,  kiss

Enter The Void (2009)
Drama, Fantasy

Enter The Void (2009)

Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:elevator,  bathtub,  beach
Characters:catholic,  baby,  policeman,  boy
Story:crying baby,  fertilization,  heartbeat,  fetus,  swing,  cigarette lighter,  afterlife,  promise,  grandmother grandson relationship,  hate,  sleeping,  death of brother,  flower,  childbirth,  fired from the job,  flash forward,  bath,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  swimming,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  painting,  airplane,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  police,  death,  kiss,  flashback

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. This is why C.r.a.z.y. (2005) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  desert,  bathtub,  church,  school,  beach
Characters:catholic,  christian,  priest,  baby,  boy
Story:giving birth,  little boy,  laundry drying on clothes line,  fetus,  car radio,  pregnant wife,  fast motion scene,  loss of brother,  choir,  sibling rivalry,  loss of son,  birth,  swimsuit,  recording,  grandmother grandson relationship,  record player,  death of son,  death of brother,  childbirth,  reading,  storytelling,  liar,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  journey,  coffin,  apology,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  prayer,  tears,  lie,  book,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  flashback,  fight,  kiss

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Adoration (2013)
Drama, Romance

Adoration (2013)

Lil ('Naomi Watts' (qv)) and Roz ('Robin Wright (V)' (qv)) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  fear,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:ocean,  cemetery,  beach
Characters:baby,  boy
Story:card playing,  reading aloud,  swimming underwater,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  overhead shot,  younger version of character,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  flowers,  flash forward,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  apology,  eating,  swimming,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  book,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  fight,  death

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  theft,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:storm,  desert,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school
Characters:chinese,  thief,  priest,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:death by drowning,  climbing a tree,  whispering,  stairway,  spitting,  mourning,  thunder,  stealing,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  waterfall,  storytelling,  drowning,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  bath,  child abuse,  fish,  candle,  newspaper,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  dead body,  lingerie,  running,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  rain,  voice over narration,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  explosion,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  police,  dog,  flashback,  kiss,  fight

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  theft,  fear,  religion
Locations:storm,  texas,  woods,  bathtub,  cemetery,  forest,  church
Characters:thief,  baby,  boy
Period:1950s
Story:swimming underwater,  piano player,  swimming pool,  power plant,  telegram,  stroke,  pregnant wife,  growing up,  shadow,  ambition,  class,  flower,  childbirth,  storytelling,  liar,  clown,  tree,  flash forward,  pain,  graveyard,  underwater scene,  journey,  coffin,  baseball,  fish,  snake,  house,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  lie,  cat,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  small town,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  kiss,  death,  dog

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Woman In Gold (2015)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:guilt,  theft,  memory
Locations:courtroom,  elevator,  bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:baby
Story:reading aloud,  newborn baby,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  telegram,  stairway,  gardening,  handshake,  listening to music,  recording,  grandmother grandson relationship,  eyeglasses,  record player,  trust,  sleeping,  liar,  flash forward,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  newspaper,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  arrest,  airplane,  mirror,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  fight

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. This is why Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011).

Themes:cruelty,  hope,  guilt,  theft,  jealousy,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:woods,  forest,  church,  beach
Characters:christianity,  thief,  priest,  boy,  children
Story:laundry drying on clothes line,  envy,  whispering,  suffering,  ladder,  killing,  reading,  liar,  snake,  candle,  swimming,  river,  prayer,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  arrest,  cat,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  kiss,  flashback

August Rush (2007) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy
Locations:church,  school,  restaurant
Characters:bully,  baby,  musician,  boy
Story:wind chime,  choir,  child protagonist,  wind,  birth,  guitarist,  black american,  class,  flowers,  liar,  search,  eating,  guitar,  piano,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  police

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Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Drama, Mystery

Das Weisse Band - Eine Deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron's son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron's household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  fear,  jealousy,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:bicycle,  church,  school
Characters:bully,  christian,  priest,  baby,  musician,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:crying baby,  newborn baby,  little boy,  hand kissing,  organist,  distrust,  envy,  kicking,  suffering,  promise,  fainting,  trust,  pain,  search,  coffin,  man with glasses,  child abuse,  fish,  eating,  bridge,  prayer,  classroom,  piano,  tears,  small town,  face slap,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  police

Madeo (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madeo (2009)

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

Themes:bullying,  guilt,  memory,  fear
Locations:woods,  cemetery,  forest,  restaurant
Characters:policeman,  boy
Story:abandoned house,  wading in water,  overhead shot,  being followed,  attic,  cigarette lighter,  kicking,  suffering,  wind,  following someone,  breaking and entering,  killing,  sleeping,  flash forward,  pain,  graveyard,  search,  house,  eating,  candle,  flashlight,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  arrest,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  dog,  police,  flashback

Zerkalo (1975)
Biography, Drama

Zerkalo (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:childhood,  grief,  memory
Locations:woods
Characters:chinese,  christian,  baby
Story:floating in the air,  wind,  grandmother grandson relationship,  sleeping,  reading,  nonlinear timeline,  newspaper,  swimming,  river,  dead body,  avant garde,  running,  tears,  book,  cat,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  death,  dog

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Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory
Mood:epic
Locations:storm,  ocean,  woods,  elevator,  bicycle,  bathtub,  forest,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:power plant,  swimming pool,  heartbeat,  overhead shot,  distrust,  naivety,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  trust,  flash forward,  gunshot,  underwater scene,  outer space,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  bridge,  candle,  flashlight,  newspaper,  survival,  prayer,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  book,  arrest,  cat,  airplane,  face slap,  food,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  bare chested male,  kiss,  death,  flashback,  dog,  fight

La Grande Bellezza (2013)
Drama

La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  memory,  religion
Locations:sea,  elevator,  church,  beach
Characters:catholic,  priest,  boy
Story:swimming pool,  little boy,  hand kissing,  overhead shot,  choir,  mourning,  swimsuit,  guitarist,  eyeglasses,  trust,  death of son,  garden,  liar,  underwater scene,  coffin,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  candle,  swimming,  river,  guitar,  urban setting,  lie,  book,  painting,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  food,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  dog,  kiss

Birth (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiance, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  memory,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  cemetery,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:boy,  baby,  policeman
Story:climbing a tree,  mourning,  birth,  trust,  class,  childbirth,  flash forward,  graveyard,  bath,  coffin,  apology,  child abuse,  classroom,  piano,  cafe,  running,  tears,  lie,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  death,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  kiss,  police,  flashback

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Son Of Rambow (2007)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  bullying,  theft,  religion
Locations:woods,  bicycle,  forest,  church,  school,  restaurant
Characters:bully,  christian,  thief,  boy
Story:water hose,  jumping from a tree,  climbing a tree,  pinecone,  power plant,  toy gun,  ambition,  recording,  grandmother grandson relationship,  record player,  class,  reading,  liar,  drowning,  underwater scene,  apology,  eating,  candle,  river,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  small town,  food,  crying,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  flashback,  kiss,  police,  dog,  fight

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  guilt,  jealousy
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:baby,  policeman,  boy
Story:crying baby,  reading aloud,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  little boy,  lawn sprinkler,  heartbeat,  looking out a window,  thunder,  promise,  vandalism,  listening to music,  childbirth,  reading,  liar,  suburb,  flash forward,  search,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  halloween,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. This is why Boy A (2007) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:regret,  childhood,  bullying,  guilt,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:courtroom,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:waitress,  bully,  policeman,  boy
Story:train tracks,  kicking,  promise,  vandalism,  hate,  sleeping,  class,  court,  fired from the job,  liar,  graveyard,  apology,  child abuse,  fish,  dysfunctional family,  newspaper,  river,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  face slap,  mirror,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  dancing,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  death,  fight,  police,  flashback

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A Hologram For The King (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Hologram For The King (2016)

Themes:memory,  fear
Locations:woods,  elevator,  bicycle,  desert,  restaurant
Characters:waitress
Story:swimming underwater,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  swimming pool,  little boy,  overhead shot,  stroke,  stairway,  12 year old,  handshake,  younger version of character,  promise,  swimsuit,  listening to music,  eyeglasses,  trust,  sleeping,  garden,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  apology,  bridge,  swimming,  reference to god,  painting,  mirror,  telephone call,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  fight,  flashback

Another Earth (2011)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Themes:grief,  guilt,  memory
Locations:church,  school
Characters:baby,  musician
Story:planet earth,  overhead shot,  car radio,  train tracks,  looking out a window,  pregnant wife,  attic,  loss of son,  planet,  listening to music,  destiny,  killing,  death of son,  reading,  storytelling,  liar,  flash forward,  outer space,  apology,  house,  eating,  piano,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  food,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  flashback,  death,  kiss

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  theft,  memory
Locations:ocean,  desert,  beach
Characters:waitress,  musician,  policeman
Story:train tracks,  notebook,  afterlife,  guitarist,  vandalism,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  waterfall,  flowers,  reading,  storytelling,  flash forward,  journey,  search,  apology,  fish,  eating,  police car,  flashlight,  swimming,  dead body,  tears,  book,  arrest,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  food,  cell phone,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  death,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  flashback,  kiss,  dog,  police

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:childhood,  guilt,  theft,  memory,  fear,  religion,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school,  restaurant
Characters:thief,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:butterfly,  suffering,  fainting,  class,  flower,  reading,  storytelling,  liar,  flash forward,  pain,  drowning,  fish,  eating,  flashlight,  newspaper,  survival,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  book,  arrest,  cat,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  coming of age,  explosion,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  fight,  death,  dog,  police

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:theft,  memory,  fear
Locations:storm,  bicycle,  bathtub,  cemetery,  school,  beach
Characters:thief,  boy,  children
Story:survival,  food,  playing,  washing dishes,  seagull,  swing,  insect,  stealing,  recording,  destiny,  record player,  sleeping,  flower,  reading,  tree,  graveyard,  bath,  apology,  eating,  swimming,  dead body,  running,  tears,  cat,  airplane,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  explosion,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death,  flashback

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  hope,  grief,  fear,  religion
Mood:epic
Locations:storm,  desert,  beach
Characters:christianity,  thief,  boy
Story:little boy,  wading in water,  overhead shot,  seagull,  sibling rivalry,  loss of son,  thunder,  suffering,  promise,  destiny,  trust,  death of son,  liar,  flash forward,  pain,  drowning,  underwater scene,  journey,  search,  apology,  fish,  snake,  eating,  candle,  survival,  running,  reference to god,  lie,  arrest,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  fight,  dog

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Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  fear
Locations:china,  church,  bicycle
Characters:catholic,  priest,  chinese,  boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  pipe organ,  stained glass window,  hand kissing,  organist,  overhead shot,  looking out a window,  choir,  cigarette lighter,  suffering,  promise,  eyeglasses,  trust,  pain,  underwater scene,  candle,  survival,  river,  prayer,  dead body,  lingerie,  running,  tears,  lie,  cat,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  explosion,  father son relationship,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Chocolat (2000)
Drama, Romance

Chocolat (2000)

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. (Read More)

Themes:theft,  religion,  marriage
Locations:bicycle,  cemetery,  church,  school
Characters:catholic,  christian,  thief,  priest,  musician,  boy
Period:1950s
Story:card playing,  guitar player,  river,  sermon,  wind,  stealing,  breaking and entering,  grandmother grandson relationship,  destiny,  class,  flowers,  storytelling,  graveyard,  apology,  eating,  guitar,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  tears,  lie,  small town,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  dog,  kiss,  death,  flashback

Ida (2013)
Drama

Ida (2013)

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  fear,  religion
Locations:woods,  bathtub,  cemetery,  forest,  church
Characters:catholic,  waitress,  christian,  priest,  baby,  musician,  boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  crossing oneself,  stained glass window,  stairway,  handshake,  suffering,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  redhead,  trust,  pain,  journey,  search,  bath,  apology,  eating,  candle,  urban setting,  reference to god,  mirror,  food,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss

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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Drama, Mystery

Mysterious Skin (2004)

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. This is why Mysterious Skin (2004) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:regret,  childhood,  cruelty,  grief,  guilt,  theft,  memory
Locations:bicycle,  bathtub
Characters:bully,  boy
Story:childhood memory,  little boy,  loss of innocence,  whispering,  suffering,  listening to music,  breaking and entering,  fainting,  eyeglasses,  reading,  search,  bath,  child abuse,  nonlinear timeline,  baseball,  house,  dysfunctional family,  flashlight,  halloween,  running,  tears,  small town,  face slap,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  kiss,  flashback,  dog

Conviction (2010) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:guilt,  fear,  jealousy,  marriage
Locations:school,  courtroom,  church
Characters:waitress,  baby,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:courthouse,  homecoming,  shame,  marital problem,  promise,  breaking and entering,  class,  court,  liar,  flash forward,  apology,  eating,  police car,  prayer,  classroom,  dead body,  running,  tears,  lie,  arrest,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  police,  flashback,  death,  dog,  fight

Ondskan (2003)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  theft,  fear
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:waitress,  bully,  thief
Period:1950s
Story:swimming pool,  kicking,  promise,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  sleeping,  reading,  apology,  child abuse,  eating,  newspaper,  swimming,  prayer,  piano,  book,  face slap,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  telephone call,  coming of age,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  fight

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Kynodontas (2009)
Drama, Thriller

Kynodontas (2009)

Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina disturbs the domestic balance. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  fear
Locations:bathtub
Story:piano player,  swimming pool,  artificial respiration,  sibling rivalry,  shark,  swimsuit,  planet,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  sleeping,  garden,  flowers,  reading,  liar,  underwater scene,  search,  bath,  child abuse,  fish,  house,  eating,  dysfunctional family,  guitar,  piano,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  painting,  cat,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  fight,  dog,  death,  kiss

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

Themes:fear,  marriage
Locations:bathtub,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:catholic,  policeman
Story:swimming pool,  blowing bubbles,  somersault,  thunder,  suffering,  eyeglasses,  trust,  flowers,  flash forward,  pain,  underwater scene,  man with glasses,  apology,  eating,  police car,  swimming,  prayer,  cafe,  running,  reference to god,  face slap,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  police,  fight,  death,  flashback,  kiss

The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. This is why The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Themes:grief,  fear
Locations:woods,  bathtub,  forest,  beach
Characters:boy,  children
Story:reading a newspaper,  house,  giving birth,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  death of boy,  little boy,  overhead shot,  telegram,  seagull,  looking out a window,  stairway,  attic,  loss of son,  afterlife,  thunder,  birth,  death of son,  sleeping,  flash forward,  drowning,  graveyard,  journey,  search,  coffin,  eating,  candle,  newspaper,  dead body,  running,  reference to god,  tears,  painting,  slow motion scene,  mirror,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  death,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  dog

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Gifted (2017)
Drama

Gifted (2017)

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well. (Read More)

Themes:bullying,  fear
Locations:courtroom,  school,  restaurant,  beach
Characters:bully,  boy
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  swimming pool,  silhouette,  distrust,  looking out a window,  seagull,  12 year old,  promise,  eyeglasses,  black american,  trust,  sleeping,  class,  childbirth,  court,  apology,  baseball,  classroom,  piano,  running,  reference to god,  cat,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  mirror,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  death,  fight

August: Osage County (2013)
Drama

August: Osage County (2013)

Violet Weston ('Meryl Streep' (qv)) has cancer and a propensity for pills and alcohol. She's a difficult woman to deal with and her husband has finally had enough. Violet's family gathers including middle daughter Ivy, youngest daughter Karen (with her new fiance), eldest daughter Barbara (with her separated husband and teenage daughter), and her sister Mattie Fae (with her husband and son in tow). A family tragedy causes tensions to run high and secrets to come out. The Weston women will be forced to examine themselves and their lives whether they want to or not. Welcome to Osage County, Oklahoma in the sweltering heat of August. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  memory,  fear,  marriage
Locations:church
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror,  organist,  saying grace,  marital problem,  sibling rivalry,  thunder,  suffering,  listening to music,  recording,  eyeglasses,  record player,  storytelling,  liar,  pain,  drowning,  apology,  child abuse,  dysfunctional family,  prayer,  piano,  dead body,  reference to god,  tears,  lie,  book,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  crying,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  kiss,  death

Die Welle (2008)
Drama, Thriller

Die Welle (2008)

High school teacher, Rainer Wegner, may be popular with the students, but he's also unorthodox. He's forced to teach autocracy for the school's project week. He's less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least. He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany's past. Can Wegner and his class realize what's happening before the horrors start repeating themselves? (Read More)

Themes:bullying
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:waitress,  bully,  policeman,  boy
Story:swimming pool,  escalator,  handshake,  swimsuit,  vandalism,  listening to music,  class,  flower,  liar,  gunshot,  underwater scene,  apology,  eating,  police car,  candle,  newspaper,  classroom,  tears,  lie,  arrest,  face slap,  food,  rain,  cell phone,  crying,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  fight,  police

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Swiss Army Man (2016) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Themes:memory,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:woods,  forest,  beach
Characters:policeman
Story:swimming underwater,  looking in a window,  fast motion scene,  listening to music,  trust,  sleeping,  flash forward,  underwater scene,  apology,  fish,  eating,  bridge,  survival,  dead body,  reference to god,  book,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  food,  rain,  cell phone,  fire,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  flashback

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. This is why The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011). (Read More)

Locations:bicycle,  cemetery
Characters:boy,  children
Story:tree swing,  reading aloud,  bare chested boy,  little boy,  whispering,  naivety,  handshake,  swing,  grandmother grandson relationship,  reading,  liar,  tree,  graveyard,  search,  eating,  flashlight,  newspaper,  prayer,  running,  tears,  lie,  book,  food,  rain,  crying,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  dog

The Painted Veil (2006)
Drama, Romance

The Painted Veil (2006)

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:china,  bathtub,  restaurant
Characters:chinese,  catholic,  baby,  policeman,  boy,  children
Story:card playing,  journey,  baptism,  suffering,  recording,  fainting,  record player,  class,  flowers,  reading,  flash forward,  pain,  coffin,  eating,  swimming,  river,  classroom,  piano,  cafe,  dead body,  running,  tears,  book,  mirror,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  coming of age,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  flashback,  death,  fight,  police

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Antichrist (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Antichrist (2009)

A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, "Eden", where something untold happened the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  grief,  guilt,  fear
Locations:woods,  forest
Story:crying baby,  little boy,  wanting to die,  tarkovskyesque,  grass,  very little dialogue,  notebook,  attic,  loss of son,  suffering,  wind,  ladder,  fainting,  death of son,  sleeping,  flowers,  pain,  bridge,  avant garde,  running,  tears,  book,  painting,  slow motion scene,  face slap,  rain,  crying,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  flashback,  kiss,  death

Haevnen (2010) is one of the best movies like The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Romance

Haevnen (2010)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  bullying,  grief,  marriage,  fear,  jealousy
Locations:school,  elevator,  bicycle,  desert,  church
Characters:christian,  bully,  boy,  baby,  policeman,  children
Story:wanting to die,  12 year old,  handshake,  marital problem,  swing,  mourning,  suffering,  wind,  promise,  vandalism,  grandmother grandson relationship,  hate,  class,  flowers,  liar,  pain,  coffin,  apology,  police car,  dysfunctional family,  swimming,  classroom,  running,  tears,  lie,  slow motion scene,  small town,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  crying,  telephone call,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  death,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  fight,  police

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:musician
Story:reading aloud,  saying grace,  expectant mother,  marital problem,  kicking,  promise,  ambition,  vandalism,  listening to music,  eyeglasses,  black american,  sleeping,  class,  flowers,  reading,  flash forward,  man with glasses,  apology,  nonlinear timeline,  eating,  bridge,  dysfunctional family,  prayer,  classroom,  cafe,  running,  tears,  book,  face slap,  mirror,  food,  pregnancy,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  dancing,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  kiss,  death,  dog,  flashback,  fight

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