All Things Fair

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All Things Fair
All things fair poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bo Widerberg
Produced by Per Holst
Written by Bo Widerberg
Cinematography Morten Bruus
Release dates
  • 3 November 1995 (1995-11-03)
Running time
130 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Budget 25 million DKK

All Things Fair (Swedish: Lust och fägring stor, literally "Great Lust and Beauty") is a Swedish drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 3 November 1995,[1] 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.[2]


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[edit]

The film was awarded the Special Jury Prize Silver Bear and the Blue Angel Award at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lust och fägring stor". Swedish Film Database. 3 November 1995. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The 68th Academy Awards (1996) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  4. ^ Utmärkelser at the Swedish Film Institute (Swedish)
  5. ^ Guldbaggen: Vinnare och nominerade 1991-1999 at the Swedish Film Institute (Swedish)

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