soft scifi

movies where the scifi element is small, inconsequential, or downplayed for the sake of characters, relationships, emotions, etc. going for a very specific and hard-to-define vibe, quiet movies mostly. preferably no large-scale high-concept scifi, and maybe no aliens either. also, this isn't a comprehensive list, but only movies i think fit and also ones that i like.

these aren't all strictly scifi, I know, but I'm keeping them all in anyway so please don't leave comments about that, thanks. there are crossovers between fantasy and sci-fi and speculative fiction and magic realism always!

films that have been recommended, but I haven't seen yet (will be added after I do and if I think they fit):

2046
a scanner darkly
alphaville…

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  • About Time
  • Advantageous
  • Another Earth
  • Black Mirror: Be Right Back
  • Black Mirror: San Junipero
  • Children of Men
  • Colossal
  • Comet
  • The Double
  • Enemy
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Ex Machina
  • Frequencies
  • Her
  • I Origins
  • In Your Eyes
  • It Follows
  • Logan
  • Marjorie Prime
  • Melancholia
  • Midnight Special
  • Moon
  • Never Let Me Go
  • The One I Love
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Sound of My Voice
  • Sunshine
  • Take Shelter
  • Thelma
  • The Truman Show
  • Under the Skin