Mona, a retired school teacher, and her sister Barbro, a house wife, do not have a lot in common even though they grew up together. Mona is haunted by dark memories and Barbro is clinging to the idea of her happy childhood. On the rare occasions that they meet, it almost always end in arguments and tears.
When Barbro suggests that they should go to Mallorca for a vacation together, to get to know each other better, Mona reluctantly agrees. The trip has consequences none of them could imagine. The first night, Mona and Barbro eat at the local restaurant “Albert’s Hall”, and the very charming owner, Albert, sweeps Mona off her feet and makes Barbro very suspicious.
Barbro catches a cold and spends most part of the trip in the hotel room, while Mona is experiencing the island—and getting to know Albert better. Much better. For the first time in her life, Barbro has the time to think about her own life, and the choices she has made—and she is not happy about what she discovers. In conversations, the sisters share their experiences, and for brief moments they actually become closer.
Lena Ackebo has written a tragi-comical story, full of insight in human behaviour, everyday grief and the longing for something else. Ackebo's ability to identify personalities is infallible and that makes The Most Beautiful Man in the World a very human story about how love can hit you with full force when you least expect it, and a poignant, funny and moving depiction of a family that is falling apart.