Family Secrets (2001)
"Familjehemligheter" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  26 January 2001 (Sweden)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 432 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Autumn 1978 in suburban Sweden. Everything seems to be fine with the middle class Bendrick family with their two teenage children and a younger son, until the mother starts seeing her first... See full summary »

0Check in
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Slim Susie (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young man returns to his hometown to look for his missing sister.

Director: Ulf Malmros
Stars: Tuva Novotny, Jonas Rimeika, Björn Starrin
Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (TV Mini-Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A story of love and death. Rasmus, 19, escapes to Stockholm and finds love in the religious Benjamin just as the AIDS epidemic hits the city's gay community.

Stars: Adam Lundgren, Adam Pålsson, Björn Kjellman
Together (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Elisabeth leaves her abusive and drunken husband Rolf, she packs her bags, takes the kids and goes to her brother Göran. The year is 1975 and Göran lives in a commune called Together. ... See full summary »

Director: Lukas Moodysson
Stars: Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist, Emma Samuelsson
Bitch Hug (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Kristin counts down the days to her high school graduation, when she'll finally get to leave her small town and her manipulative sister behind, for the New York of her dreams. Everything is... See full summary »

Director: Andreas Öhman
Stars: Linda Molin, Fanny Ketter, Mathilda von Essen
Juloratoriet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Il famoso direttore d'orchestra Victor fa ritorno a casa alla notizia della morte della madre. Il musicista è professionalmente impegnato con la elaborazione del "Christmas Oratorio" di ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell-Åke Andersson
Stars: Peter Haber, Johan Widerberg, Henrik Linnros
Screwed in Tallinn (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Percy Nilegaard collects Swedish single men and embarks on a bus trip to Tallinn with a so-called "highly-experienced driver".

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Robert Gustafsson, Jonas Inde, Johan Rheborg
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In what has to be one of the worst ideas in Christmas party planning history, Swedish house wife Sara decides to celebrate the yuletide season with her three ex-husbands and their families.... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Sundvall
Stars: Katarina Ewerlöf, Peter Haber, Jessica Zandén
Tic Tac II (1997)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In a single night the paths of a random few are to cross which inevitably will seal their respective destinies. By dawn the city of Stockholm, though seemingly unchanged, to some is all very different - if they live to see it.

Director: Daniel Alfredson
Stars: Oliver Loftéen, Tuva Novotny, Jacob Nordenson
Enemy's Enemy (1990–1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Someone is killing off Swedish military officers and making it look like the works of Soviet agents. Hamilton has to crack the case before all hell breaks loose and there is a full scale ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Haber, Maria Grip, Sture Djerf
The Stockholm Syndrome (TV Movie 2003)
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

This is the true story of the failed bank robbery-cum-hostage taking in a bank at the square Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in September 1973. The Stockholm Syndrome is named after this incident.

Director: Håkan Lindhé
Stars: Torkel Petersson, Shanti Roney, Melinda Kinnaman
Happy End (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A fairytale for adults. It's about five people with an important liaison to one another. The characters are all avoiding being truthful about the realities of their lives and waiting for ... See full summary »

Director: Björn Runge
Stars: Ann Petrén, Malin Buska, Gustaf Skarsgård
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Lena Svensson has been offered a new and exiting job in Stockholm that she can't say no to. But her husband, Gustav, has no plan of what so ever to move from his quiet little town of ... See full summary »

Director: Björn Gunnarsson
Stars: Suzanne Reuter, Allan Svensson, Chelsie Bell Dickson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Lundqvist ...
Erik Johansson ...
Emma Engström ...
Linus Nord ...
Mats Blomgren ...
Rebecka Östergren ...
Jennie Harrison ...
Sissela Kyle ...
Claes Hartelius ...
David Törnqvist ...
Sam Kessel ...
Anna Pettersson ...
Kjell's Mother
Kjell's Father
Cilla Thorell ...
Morgan's Teacher


Autumn 1978 in suburban Sweden. Everything seems to be fine with the middle class Bendrick family with their two teenage children and a younger son, until the mother starts seeing her first love again after 20 years. Just like their badly built house, the family façade starts slowly crumbling into pieces. The daughter, 15, finds her first love, and the boys too are puzzled by their own questions around adolescence and sexuality. The father tries to keep up a happy face, while the youngest son is the first and the most sensitive to realize how the family is heading towards a disaster. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »





Release Date:

26 January 2001 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Familie-hemmeligheter  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


References The Persuaders! (1971) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good movie, great actors
3 October 2004 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Set in the 1970's, this is a story of a family falling apart, while trying to keep up the good spirit, hiding feelings and pretending that everything is okay. "Smile, though your heart is breaking", sort of.The foundation of their house is cracking as well, and if there is one big weakness in the script and the film, this is the one. Over-the-top symbolism is not my thing. But that flaw set aside, this is an engaging and believable story that keeps you hooked from the very first scene. Director Kjell-Åke Andersson lets it all unfold in a smooth, gentle pace, creating fine images without overdoing the camera work, and letting the faces of the actors speak – it's always nice to see a Swedish movie where people actually don't talk talk talk all the time. Like the scene where the family i sitting in front of the TV (watching classic 70s show "The Persuaders") bringing a sticky feeling to the viewer that these people have nothing to say to each other – and that's when Dad says: "We're having a good time, aren't we?". The feeling of time period is so excellent (the brownish colors, the haircuts, the hilarious jeans and so on) that the filmmakers easily could have left out a couple of the all-too- familiar standard collection of songs of the 70's, but that's just a small remark on the side. Saving the best for last: the acting is over all very good. Rolf Lassgård with his incredible presence, Maria Lundquist with her gently played-out neurotics. And the young actors portraying the children are excellent. The sulky face of Morgan, played by Linus Nord, stays with you for a while. Not great, but definitely good.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Family Secrets (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: