All Things Fair
|All Things Fair|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bo Widerberg|
|Produced by||Per Holst|
|Written by||Bo Widerberg|
Tomas von Brömssen
All Things Fair (Swedish: Lust och fägring stor, literally "Great Lust and 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.
This film 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 movie revolves at first around the sexual encounters between Stig and Viola; then, as the plot develops, Stig forms a close friendship with Viola's husband, a hard-drinking salesman who is quite aware of what is going on with his wife and Stig but does nothing to prevent it. Eventually, Viola descends, like her husband, into drink, and after threatening Stig with a broken bottle, their relationship ends.
- 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
- Thomaz Ransmyr as the man at the cinema.
Awards and nominations
The film was awarded the Special Jury Prize Silver Bear and the Blue Angel Award at the 46th 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.
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. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards.
- All Things Fair at the Internet Movie Database
- All Things Fair at the Swedish Film Institute Database
- All Things Fair in the Danish National Filmography