All Things Fair (Lust och fägring stor) (Love Lessons)


All Things Fair (Lust och fägring stor) (Love Lessons)

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A teenage boy has his first adult romance in this moving Swedish drama set in a boy's school during WW II. Sweden was neutral then and was spared the fighting. Stig is a 15-year-old who has just arrived from Stockholm. One of the first people who catches his eye is beautiful Viola, his 37-year-old instructor. Soon she makes it plain that she too finds him attractive. Knowing that it is wrong and could destroy them, the two begin a passionate affair. As time passes, Stig also becomes friends with her chronically depressed, alcoholic husband, Frank, who knows all about the affair and does nothing to stop it. As Stig's friend, he teaches the boy much about classical music. In return Stig listens to Franks sob stories. One day, Stig decides to end his affair with Viola. She becomes violent. Stig retaliates and then leaves.

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Critic Reviews for All Things Fair (Lust och fägring stor) (Love Lessons)

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Widerberg's ability to capture the passions in the situation is undeniable.

Apr 22, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for All Things Fair (Lust och fägring stor) (Love Lessons)

This is a wonderful film with intriguing script, good acting, and playful yet serious story with consequences for all. Johan Widerberg as the young man Stig is outstanding. You can watch his maturity, adult wisdom, and general sensitivity blossom as the movie progresses. This movie is rather long, and at times rather slow, but I was really taken in by the whole drama. Nice piece of work...

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[font=Century Gothic]"All Things Fair" takes place in 1943 in Malmo, Sweden where Stig(Johan Widerberg) is a high school student from Stockholm who works at the concessions of a movie theatre. His older brother, Sigge(Bjorn Kjellman), is in the navy and an aspiring boxer. Amongst his classmates, Stig is not alone in being infinitely curious about sex while having very little knowledge about the subject.(The boys and girls are educated separately.) He does form a bond with his new teacher, Viola(Marika Lagercrantz), who is also from Stockholm but they go beyond propriety during a makeout session in the map room.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"All Things Fair" takes on a controversial subject in a provocative manner. The film gets off to a promising start; features some good relationships and character development but drags on too long towards at least a few promised endings before coming to a halt. It best serves as an argument against single sex education.[/font]

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