Sensuela (1973)

Director:Teuvo Tulio Producer:Teuvo Tulio Story by:Based on The Stationmaster by Alexander Pushkin

Screenplay by:Teuvo Tulio, Yrjö Norta  Music by:Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Cinematography:Teuvo Tulio, Yrjö Norta  

Edited by:Yrjö Norta Running time:110 minutes Country:Finland Language:Finnish, English Genre:Drama, Romance  

Subtitle:English  Starring: Marianne Mardi as Laila Walk, Mauritz Åkerman as Hans Müller, Ismo Saario as Pekka,
Ossi Elstelä as Laila''s father
, Maria Pertamo as Greta Kujala




Laila is an innocent Lappish girl and the only daughter of a reindeer herder. During world war II Laila rescues crashed German fighter pilot Hans and the two develop warm feelings for each other during his convalescence. Years later, after the war, Hans returns to Lapland as a freelance photographer and manages to lure Laila to run away with him to capital Helsinki to start a career as a photo model, much to the chagrin of her traditional father Aslak. After initial happiness, however, Hans abandons Laila and the decadent lifestyle of a big city sends her life into a downward spiral.

Sensuela is a 1973 Finnish drama film directed and written by Teuvo Tulio. The film is based on Tulio''s 1946 film Rakkauden risti which itself was based on The Stationmaster, a short story written by Alexander Pushkin. Sensuela was Tulio''s final film, and it was met with harsh criticism. Since its release, it has gained a reputation as a campy cult classic and has been called "the weirdest Finnish film ever made". Although the production was finished in 1972, it was not released until a year later and then opened only in selected theatres.

Sensuela is the story of Laila, a girl from Lapland, and Hans, a German soldier, who fall in love during Continuation War.

User Reviews

It''s a raw diamond, a drama shown with heart

15 May 2014 | by LucioGarciaSaldania (Mexico)
Being the very first Finnish movie I have seen, I can only make a statement on its own. It has a fantastic a plot meant to be sad, but instead making the viewer feel pleased and excited, presented in its own very unique looks, despite the ultra low budget that reach the peak of plain hilarious in certain scenes.

Gorgeus female actress shine over all the cast, one can feel she is the center of the movie from start to finish. She grows emotionally, although, some of the situations are a bit over-dramatic, she reacts as a human being would, taking what there is and going forward with her best, getting knocked down from time to time as we all do. Definitely a must watch for any drama fan.