All Things Fair
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Genre: Foreign Film - Swedish
Release Date: 27-APR-2004
Media Type: DVD
Top Customer Reviews
Malmö, Sweden, 1943. A highschool class of boys is discovering the mysteries of body changes and all-consuming effects puberty has one young teenage men. Outside the classroom World War II threatens and inside the classroom puberty threatens. 15 year old Stig (Johan Widerberg) is a handsome, curious lad from a poor family who discovers his first female attraction in the form of his new 37 year old teacher Viola (Marika Lagercrantz), who, despite the impropriety of the situation added to the fact that she is married to a traveling salesman Kjell (Tomas von Brömssen) who spends his idle hours drinking and listening to classical music in the kitchen, returns the seductive dance and soon the two are in a physically involved affair. The beauty and fresh novelty of their feelings is captured in the most magical way with little dialog, many embarrassed glances, and significant risks that eventually include Kjell's discovery of their trysts.Read more ›
And since even a Swedish film cannot include everything that must have occurred in the character's life during these months, selection has to occur, and that means that some criteria have to be used to make the selections. There is no excuse for including a ten-minute drunken ramble by the husband. There is also no excuse for spending time on Stig's job at the movie theater. Even if they did not come at the expense of the main story (of the relationship), they would not be justified.
On the plus side, the glimpses we do get of the relationship (brief as they are) are effectively done. There is no teasing with the camera (except for the extreme brevity of the nude glimpses).
Also, the handling of the teenage girl was well done and was probably the most moving aspect of this long film.
Bottom line: it's worth watching if you can get it on a rental or borrow it from a friend.
I have seen better movies than "All Things Fair" but I've enjoyed every movie I've seen that was as good as "All Things Fair". It is a bit shocking at times but it is, ultimately, a very endearing movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great drama set around WW11. Emotional and sensual and depicting extremely well the ambience of the times. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Hoolet
a swedish middle school student was seduced by his teacher and start a love affair. when the affair ended, the teacher was being rather nasty. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by Timbus
much more interesting than your run-of-the-mill coming of age story. complex, with precision editing. could become a cult classic.Published on February 20, 2005 by filmfan "carol"