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Loving Couples (1964) More at IMDbPro »Älskande par (original title)

Loving Couples -- Actress Mai Zetterling's first film as director is a Bergman-influenced adaptation of a novel by the Swedish author Agnes von Krusenstjerna dealing with motherhood and the role of women in the early 20th Century.    Starring Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom and Gio Petré.


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Release Date:
21 December 1964 (Sweden) See more »
Three expectant mothers think back over their sex lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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in many ways well-crafted, but also dry and uninteresting See more (3 total) »


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Harriet Andersson ... Agda Frideborg
Gunnel Lindblom ... Adele Holmström - née Silfverstjerna
Gio Petré ... Angela von Pahlen
Anita Björk ... Petra von Pahlen

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Dr. Jacob Lewin

Eva Dahlbeck ... Mrs. Landborg

Jan Malmsjö ... Stellan von Pahlen
Lissi Alandh ... Bell
Bengt Brunskog ... Tord Holmström
Anja Boman ... Stanny, Bernhard's sister
Åke Grönberg ... The fat man
Margit Carlqvist ... Dora Macson
Heinz Hopf ... Lt. Bernhard Landborg
Märta Dorff ... Alexandra Vind-Frija
Jan-Erik Lindqvist ... Peter von Pahlen (as Jan-Eric Lindquist)
Inga Landgré ... Mrs. Sally Lewin
Toivo Pawlo ... Lieutenant Macson
Barbro Hiort af Ornäs ... Lilian von Pahlen - née Vind-Frijs
Hans Strååt ... Thomas Meller
Isa Quensel ... Fredrika von Strussenhjelm
Frank Sundström ... Olaf Landborg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gunnar Ahlström ... City boy
Lo Dagerman ... Angela age 10
Harry Dickson ... Maître d'hôtel
Margit Eng ... Housemaid
Laila Jonsson ... Patient
Dan Landgré ... Cecil
Karin Larsson ... Housemaid
Ulla Ljunggren ... Housemaud
Bjarne Naess ... Maître d'hôtel
Britt Marie Råberg ... Housemaid
Eva Stellby ... Housemaid
Eva Alw ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Nancy Dalunde ... Adele's mother (uncredited)
Katarina Edfeldt ... Agda, Age 13 (uncredited)
Axel Fritz ... Per (uncredited)
Lars Grundtman ... Twin Brother Nick (uncredited)
Lennart Grundtman ... Twin Brother Nock (uncredited)
Berit Gustafsson ... Henrika (uncredited)
Bo Hederström ... Guest (uncredited)
Sonja Hjört ... Patient (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Stig de la Berg ... Sore Loser (uncredited)
Axeline Le Mon ... Guest (uncredited)
Arne Lindblad ... Guest (uncredited)
Sten Lonnert ... Kisse (uncredited)
Börje Mellvig ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Kai Norström ... Daniel (uncredited)
Rebecca Pawlo ... Adele, Age 10 (uncredited)
Kai Reiners ... Good Man (uncredited)
Hanny Schedin ... Cleaning-woman (uncredited)
Henrik Schildt ... Sam, doctor (uncredited)
Hans Sundberg ... Organist Dr. Samuel Vardman (uncredited)
Claes Thelander ... Priest (uncredited)
Meta Velander ... A lady (uncredited)
Birger Åsander ... Band Leader (uncredited)

Directed by
Mai Zetterling 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Hughes 
Agnes von Krusenstjerna  book "Froeknarna von Pahlen"
Mai Zetterling 

Produced by
Göran Lindgren .... producer
Rune Waldekranz .... producer
Original Music by
Roger Wallis 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Paul Davies 
Production Design by
Jan Boleslaw 
Costume Design by
Birgitta Hahn 
Makeup Department
Ivar Hällqvist .... makeup artist
Sture Höglund .... makeup artist
Gullan Westfelt .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lena Malmsjö .... assistant director
Bertil Ohlsson .... assistant director
Art Department
Sven Björling .... props
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects editor
Olle Jacobsson .... sound mixer
Per-Olof Pettersson .... sound
Tage Sjöberg .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Fischer .... camera operator
David Hughes .... still photographer
Other crew
Anders Bodin .... operator
Katinka Faragó .... continuity clerk (as Katarina Farago)
Marianne Höök .... translator
Gösta Petersson .... location manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Älskande par" - Sweden (original title)
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118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Carnaby, M.D. (1966)See more »


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8 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
in many ways well-crafted, but also dry and uninteresting, 8 July 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Technically speaking, this is a good film--with decent cinematography and production values. But, while it is a competent film, I also found myself wanting to turn off the DVD repeatedly because I just didn't find myself at all interested. There are a variety of reasons, though the biggest of which is because it seemed as if I'd seen all this before in various Ingmar Bergman movies--in particular, THE BRINK OF LIFE ("Nära livet"--1958). Also , the angst and sense of isolation and fruitlessness of life was pervasive and just made me feel depressed. After watching this film, I could easily say that the overall message of the film is "life stinks and love is a sham,...then you die".

Now this does NOT mean that I think all movies must be upbeat or positive in tone--far from it. But even a grim movie can be great and compelling when you feel SOME connection to the characters. For example, I just recently saw De Sica's THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING. It is a major tear-jerker and is the extremely sad story about the break up of a marriage and its impact on a child. BUT, I really cared about De Sica's characters and cared absolutely nothing for Zetterling's. Of the three women featured in the film, one was a lady of privilege with little depth or personality, one a bubble-headed servant and the other a bitter and nasty soul. I just wanted them all to go away and leave me alone!

Now as for this being a controversial film--which it definitely was when it debuted in the 1960s. The nudity but especially the themes of homosexuality and lesbianism were pretty controversial for its day, though by today's standards it's all pretty tame. I still wouldn't let my kids watch the film, but not just because of the nudity and themes but because I love my kids too much to make them watch such an unappealing film.

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