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All Things Fair (1995)

Lust och fägring stor (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | 8 March 1996 (USA)
Malmö, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is ... See full summary »

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Bo Widerberg

Writer:

Bo Widerberg
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johan Widerberg ... Stig
Marika Lagercrantz ... Viola
Tomas von Brömssen ... Kjell
Karin Huldt Karin Huldt ... Lisbet
Nina Gunke ... Stig's Mother
Björn Kjellman ... Sigge
Kenneth Milldoff Kenneth Milldoff ... Stig's Father
Frida Lindholm Frida Lindholm ... Olga
Sigge Cederlund Sigge Cederlund ... Cinema Operator
George Bisset George Bisset
Gösta Ekstrand Gösta Ekstrand
Hilda Suovanen Hilda Suovanen
Per Olov Börjeson Per Olov Börjeson
Jörgen Svensson Jörgen Svensson
Monica Stenbeck Monica Stenbeck ... Gym Teacher
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Storyline

Malmö, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is drawn to him by his youth and innocence, a god-sent relief from her drunk and miserable husband. They start a passionate and forbidden relationship - but it has consequences they never could have expected. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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To be young and in love with your teacher! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English | German

Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Lessons See more »

Filming Locations:

Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,530, 10 March 1996

Gross USA:

$13,128

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,128
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It took six years of screen-writing for Bo Widerberg before production started. The project was announced in 1988, but because of the lack of co-financiers, besides the Swedish Film Institute, it was postponed till 1994. See more »

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Features General von Döbeln (1942) See more »

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Starlight Serenade
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Sex and complexity...oh those Euro flicks
26 April 2001 | by E CanuckSee all my reviews

Watching "All Things Fair" as it showed on TV here in Canada on CBC public network last night, was a treat. Only my sensible, nagging partner coaxing me to get to bed on a work night persuaded me we could trust the VCR to tape the last hour or so. Fortunately for his neck, the tape ran out during the closing credits and not before!

What I liked most about the film (with English subtitles) was the complexity of Sig's world and his relationships. It's a very real world feeling on screen, full of quirky believability, despite Sig's unusual arrangement with his teacher.

Though I know of a real life story resembling Sig's relationship with his teacher that went very differently for the teacher--ending in her virtual ruin--the behaviour of these film characters, the outcome and the aftermath, rings true nonetheless. No character is one-dimensional, even though the film schools us to sympathize with the choices of some and to repudiate others.

It's delightful to find in the credits that the director gave the plum lead role to his son. It takes an admirable trust, I think, to turn over a role like this to one's own young kin, complete with whatever there is in the script that MIGHT be autobiographical.

The female solo vocals in the soundtrack were wonderful. Now, I just need to found out who was singing like a bell whenever love or pain swelled in the story.


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