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All Things Fair

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bo Widerberg
Produced by Per Holst
Written by Bo Widerberg
Starring Johan Widerberg
Marika Lagercrantz
Tomas von Brömssen
Cinematography Morten Bruus
Release date(s) Sweden:
3 November 1995
United States:
8 March 1996
United Kingdom:
March 1997
Australia:
29 May 1997
Running time 130 min.
Country Sweden
Denmark
United Kingdom
Language Swedish
Budget 25,000,000 DKK

All Things Fair (Swedish: Lust och fägring stor, literally "Lust and Great Beauty") is a 1995 Swedish drama film directed by Bo Widerberg, about a sexual relationship between a teacher and her 15 year old student in southern Sweden during World War II. Bo Widerberg's son Johan Widerberg stars as the boy and Marika Lagercrantz plays the teacher. The original title is taken from the Swedish hymn Den blomstertid nu kommer, which is traditionally sung in schools before closing for the summer holiday.

It was the last film to be made by Widerberg. It won several domestic and international awards and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Plot

This movie is set in 1943 when the whole of Europe was embroiled in WWII. It deals with attraction of a 15 year old boy Stig to his teacher Viola. The whole movie revolves around the sexual encounters between Stig and Viola and how he eventually grows out of it.

Cast

  • Johan Widerberg as Stig Santesson
  • Marika Lagercrantz as Viola
  • Tomas von Brömssen as Kjell, "Frank"
  • Karin Huldt as Lisbet
  • Björn Kjellman as "Sigge" Santesson
  • Kenneth Milldoff as Stig's father
  • Nina Gunke as Stig's mother
  • Peter Nilsson as Class prefect
  • Jossi Sabbah as Isidor "Isse" Blecher
  • Linus Ericsson as Peter
  • Magnus Andersson as "Trötter"
  • Frida Lindholm as Olga
  • Monica Stenbeck as Gym teacher
  • Per-Olov Månsson as Cinema owner
  • Sigge Cederlund as Projectionist
  • Frida Sjö as Lina

Awards and nominations

The film was awarded the Special Jury Prize Silver Bear at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival and the Audience Award at Gothenburg Film Festival. It also won the awards for Best Actor (Johan Widerberg) at the Rouen Nordic Film Festival and Best Actress (Marika Lagercrantz) at Festroia International Film Festival.[1]

At the Guldbagge Awards, the film won in three categories: Best Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor (Tomas von Brömssen). Johan Widerberg and Marika Lagercrantz were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.[2] It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards.

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