Cast & Crew
While waiting for their husbands to join them at their lakeside summer home, three sisters-in-law pass the time by recounting an incident out of their pasts. The first, Rakel, recalls the time she had submitted to the advances of a neighbor, Kaj, and discovered that she was as frigid an adulteress as she was a wife. Upon hearing his wife's confession, Eugen grabbed his hunting rifle and threatened to kill himself but changed his mind. Rakel's marriage became bearable when she realized that her husband was completely dependent on her. The second wife, Märta, tells of meeting her husband, Martin, when he was an artist in Paris. She became pregnant and refused to marry him because of his wish to be free. After her baby was born, however, she agreed to become his wife. The third sister-in-law, Karin, announces that her story is nothing more than a comic anecdote. One night she and her business-minded and somewhat pompous husband, Fredrik, were trapped between floors in their apartment's elevator. After discussing extramarital activities, Fredrik made ardent love to Karin and promised to be a more devoted and loving husband. But with his release from the elevator in the morning, Fredrik automatically returned to his former ways. As Karin finishes her story, the husbands arrive at the summer house. While their wives rush to greet them, Märta's younger sister, Maj, who has listened to the tales of adultery and compromise, elopes with the boy she loves. Young and naive, she is certain that her marriage will be one of perfect bliss.
Released in Sweden in November 1952 as Kvinnors väntan.