Synopsis by Mark Deming
Three women find themselves sharing their husbands with other women in this drama from Indonesia. As the Muslim religion grows in popularity in Jakarta, a growing number of men use the faith as a justification to embrace polygamy, often over the objection of their initial wives. Salma (Jajang C. Noer) is a doctor whose husband announces he's going to bring another wife into the family. Despite Salma's anger, her husband marries a second and later a third woman, and she finds herself turning her back on her Western freedoms in favor of bringing greater peace to the household. However, when her husband becomes seriously ill, Salma is forced to come to terms with her unusual living arrangement. Ming (Dominique) is an attractive young woman who works as a waitress at a duck stall. Ming falls for the chef at the restaurant, and decides to accept his invitation to marry him. The chef already has a wife, but Ming also has her own reasons for agreeing to the match. And Siti (Shanty) is a naïve girl whose uncle agrees to help her realize her dreams of attending beauty school. However, Siti doesn't realize until it's too late that her uncle expects something in exchange for his generosity -- for her to become the latest in his string of wives. Despite her disappointment, Siti finds strength and camaraderie with her fellow plural wives. Berbagi Suami (aka Love for Share) received its North American premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.