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The four wives of four brothers share stories of their marriages as they each wait for their husbands in a small, secluded cottage.

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Rakel
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Karin
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Marta
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Martin Lobelius
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Fredrik Lobelius
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Eugen Lobelius
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Kaj
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Annette (as Aino Taube-Henrikson)
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Paul Lobelius
Gerd Andersson ...
Maj
Björn Bjelfvenstam ...
Henrik Lobelius (as Björn Bjelvenstam)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Garbage man (uncredited)
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Rut, nurse (uncredited)
Inga Berggren ...
Dancer at the nightclub (uncredited)
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Man in the Stairs at the Gynecologist's (uncredited)
Lena Brogren ...
Ms. Brogren, nurse (uncredited)
Rolf Ericson ...
Musician at the nightclub (uncredited)
Jens Fischer ...
Jens, Karin's boy (uncredited)
Peter Fischer ...
Peter, Karin's boy (uncredited)
Mona Geijer-Falkner ...
Morning paper delieverer (uncredited)
Sten Hedlund ...
Stranger outside Marta's door (uncredited)
Saidi Hultholm ...
(uncredited)
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The janitor (uncredited)
Rut Karlsson ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Carl-Gustaf Kruuse af Verchou ...
Dancer at the nightclub (uncredited)
Leif-Åke Kusbom ...
Åke, Marta's boy (uncredited)
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Waiter at the nightclub (uncredited)
Sten Mattsson ...
Young man (uncredited)
Kjell Nordenskiöld ...
Bob, US pilot (uncredited)
Gustav Roger ...
Man outside the bistro in Paris (uncredited)
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Anaesthetia Doctor (uncredited)
Victor Violacci ...
Le Patron of the nightclub (uncredited)
Bengt-Arne Wallin ...
Musician at the nightclub (uncredited)
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Mrs. Lobelius (uncredited)
Lil Yunkers ...
MC at the nightclub (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ingmar Bergman

Written by

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Ingmar Bergman ... ()
 
Gun Grut ... (story)

Produced by

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Allan Ekelund ... producer

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Erik Nordgren

Cinematography by

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Gunnar Fischer

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Oscar Rosander

Production Design by

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Nils Svenwall

Costume Design by

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Barbro Sörman

Production Management

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Gustav Roger ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Sven Hansen ... sound
Sven Rudestedt ... sound mixer (uncredited)
Lennart Wallin ... sound assistant (uncredited)

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Maurice Brunet ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ragnar Frisk ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Huch ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Eskil Eckert-Lundin ... orchestrator (as E. Eckert-Lundin)

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Bente Munk ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Rakel, Marta, Karin and Annette are married to four brothers. While waiting in a summer cottage for their husbands to come home, they tell each other stories about their marriages. Rakel tells about the time she had an affair and confronted her husband with it. Marta's story is about how she at first refused to marry and had her child by herself. Karin tells about what happened when one time she and her husband got stuck in an elevator together. While the women tell their stories, Marta's younger sister Maj is planning to elope. Written by Leon Wolters

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Taglines The love affairs of three women - marital...premarital...and one marvelous surprise! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Secrets of Women (World-wide, English title)
  • Waiting Women (United Kingdom)
  • L'attente des femmes (France)
  • Tres mujeres (Spain)
  • Quando as Mulheres Esperam (Brazil)
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  • 107 min
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Trivia Cameo. In Paris. When Marta is about to leave the building where she has seen the gynecologist a tall lean man in a beret enters through the front door, dimly visible only in a mirror. This is man is no one less than Bergman himself. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Minns Ni? (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Dans i de saligas ängder See more »

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