Secrets of Women (Kvinnors Väntan) (Waiting Women)
Secrets of Women (Kvinnors Väntan) (Waiting Women) (1961)

In this multi-faceted Ingmar Bergman film, rich in dramatic and comic elements, three wives pass time in a summer house, awaiting the returns of their husbands, by entertaining each other with recollections of past marital traumas. In the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 11, 1961
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The bounty of Bergman's many superb female performances notwithstanding, it's a shame he never worked with Nilsson again.

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TV Guide

This mostly light-hearted comedy was written by Bergman during what he considered a dark time in his life -- which seems strange, considering how much fun the film is.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The whole thing concludes with an ingenuous and typical Bergman paradox.

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Jon Fortgang

The drama takes precedence over comedy but the wry tone makes this one of the smoothest and most accessible films from the early stages of Bergman's career.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

More wistful than brooding.

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Cassandra Maples
I love this movie; although not amongst Bergman's best, it is very funny in parts and should not be shunned. Perhaps slightly overlong - each time I watch… More
Veronique Kwak
"waiting women" is ingmar bergman's estrogenic anthem on women whose worlds are inevitably intertwined with their beloved male beings.… More
Dimitris Springer
A personal favorite from the early works of Bergman and possibly the most inspiring one (remember Woody Allen's homage on the elevator scene in Manhattan… More