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Love Lessons (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 »


Bo Widerberg


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




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


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. At the same time, Stig becomes friends with Viola's husband Kjell, who teaches him classical music, and the affair continues even after he understands that he has a relationship with his wife. but does nothing to prevent it. But Stig and Viola's passionate and forbidden relationship will have consequences they never could have expected. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Han var elev. Hon hans lärarinna. Deras kärlek var förbjuden. See more »


Drama | Romance | War


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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 »


Ein deutsches Requiem
Music by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Irmgard Seefried and George London with Westminster Choir and the New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Bruno Walter
CBS Masterworks/Sony
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I love this movie so much!
11 January 2000 | by iota74See all my reviews

I watched this movie by VCD and was so greatly touched by it that I watched it over and over again. There are much more I could feel than what I can put down for now. I really would like to know more about the story, its background and any information about the excellent actors and actress. What I have downloaded from the Internet was far from enough, even worse, most of them are written in Swedish. This totally denied me from having a better understanding of the movie. Unfortunately, I failed to get a Swedish-English/Chinese dictionary to help me out. (There is only a very brief one in Shanghai Foreign Book Trader with a price as high as 260 RMB).

With all my knowledge so far, I think this movie is great in depicting how a youngster copes with whatever comes to him. Despite the sadness and confusion that he has gone through, he also gets the strength out of a kind of impotency. I really admire these artists of their talent in showing us the richness of life and in an elegant and natural way. In my eyes, there should be two kinds of arts: one is what "is", and the other is what "should be". As far as I've seen, many movies are relegated to what is not and what should not be. I just want to ask a favor to whomever you are, if you can help me with a Swedish dictionary and more about the movie. Of course, most importantly, your personal opinion about it.

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Denmark | Sweden


Swedish | English | German

Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Lessons See more »

Filming Locations:

Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden


Box Office


DKK25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,530, 10 March 1996

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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