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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
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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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To be young and in love with your teacher! 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 »


Den blomstertid nu kommer med lust och fägring stor
Traditional tune
Lyrics by Israel Kolmodin
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Bo Widerberg passes cinema baton to his son
13 May 1999 | by GMeleJrSee all my reviews

Bo Widerberg was honored in February 1997 at the Miami Film Festival with a retrospective (ELVIRA MADIGAN), and his latest (last?) film, the Oscar nominated ALL THINGS FAIR. I then saw ALL THINGS FAIR for the second time, and despite its length, enjoyed it as much or more than the first time I saw it in an arthouse theatre in Toronto. I think ALL THINGS FAIR is the great Swedish director's best, most personal film. You can't help but notice it must be autobiographical by the passion and the vivid recreation of WW II Sweden, as it was when Mr. Wideberg himself was the lead character's age. Speaking of him, the lead is the director's own 17 year old son, Johan Widerberg, who will undoubtedly carry on the family tradition in Swedish cinema history. Mr. Widerberg (Sr.) passed away last year, and among his legacy, this film stands out. It is a rare coming of age story in a setting seldom depicted on screen. Mr. Wideberg's screenplay, and direction, plus excellent performances by his son and two of Sweden's greats, Marika Lagerkrantz and Tomas van Bromssen make this a movie every European film buff should watch. It's now available on video. Check it out.

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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