The Girls

Synopsis: Three actresses prepare to go on the road in a theater production of Lysistrata, Aristophanes' classic comic play about women and war. As they re-assess and deal with the problems in their respective private lives, they recognize the parallels with the play and begin to realize that it is serious - even tragic - after all.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
100 min


-Are we going by bus or train?

-Shall we do it in modern costume?

Good morning, dear Lysistrata.

What's the matter? You're irritated.

Don't frown. It doesn't suit you.

You'll age before your time.

Kalonike, I'm...furious

because of these women.

We're not reliable like the men say.

Yes. And they're right, aren't they?

I told them all to come. I said

it was important and no one's here.

I bet they're all still in bed.

They'll come. You know

it's hard for a woman to get away.

She's fussing over her husband

or chasing up a slave

or putting a baby to bed

or washing or feeding it.

Being a housewife...

Here it comes...

Being a housewife

is an important job.

But there are far more

important things.

Gunilla,telephone for you.

What now?

Hello, darling. Sorry to disturb you

but what time will you be home?

Good morning, dear Lysistrata.

What's the matter?

Don't frown. It doesn't suit you.

You'll age before your time.

Kalonike, I'm furious.

I can't say you look very furious.

But we have the boat

and the summer house

because I'm not free!

Should I sell them?

Yes, do that.

And we'll live off what you make!

No,forget it.

That's better.. Go on.

It's hard for a woman to get away.

She's fussing over her husband

or putting a baby to bed

or washing or feeding it...

Being a housewife

is an important job.

But there are far more

important things.

-What could that be, Lysistrata?

-This is a big thing.

It's up to us womenfolk

to do something

Can't l say "women"?


-I don't like "womenfolk".

It's up to us women

to do something about the world.

It's in a bad way.

If it's up to us, it really is bad.

Don't you see? If we could unite,

we could change a lot in the world.

We can't get involved in politics.

Our duty is to look after our home and

husband and children and husband...

Do sound as if

you're a bit interested.

How long did you say

this tour would last?

Did you say something?

See? You can do it.

Those I really thought would

come first just aren't here.

But look... Here are some women.

Lots of them.


For heaven's sake,

where is the wretched girl?

Are we late, Lysistrata?

Well, saysomething.

What's to say, Myrrhine?

So late for an important occasion?

I couldn't find mybra in the dark.

If it's important, tell us what it is!

Marianne, if you learned

to be ontime,

you might even learn

to find your place in the text.

I never want to see you again!

That's better..

Can't someone stop

that child screaming?

You're not taking him on tour,

I hope!

If it's important,

tell us what it is.

No, wait.

You see...

this play is very important,

because it has to do

with our own day and age.

If it's so important,

could you tell us more precisely

what it's about?

Well, it's rather hard to explain,

it's about how things stand... now.

In fact, to be more precise,

it's about...

women and war.

I thought it was about

boys and girls.

-They nevertake anything seriously.

-What woman ever does?

Joking apart, what's it about?

The play actually is a joke.

A very serious one.

Nothing to joke about.

We're supposed to work with them?

Silly things.

Perhaps we'll let the viewers

judge fort hemselves.

Here's an excerpt from the play.

- Who called this meeting?

-I did.

And what's it for?

Yes, what's so important, Lysistrata?

Good morning.

Yes, what's so important,

Lysistrata? Tell us.

I'll tell you. But first of all...

Do you mind if l ask you all

one small question?

Go ahead.

Don't you all long for your men?

For the fathers of your children?

They're mobilized. I'm sure you've

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Mai Zetterling

Mai Elisabeth Zetterling (Swedish pronunciation: [mâjː sɛ̂tːəɭɪ̂ŋ]; 24 May 1925 - 17 March 1994) was a Swedish actress and film director. more…

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