When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »
The daughter of a lighthouse keeper runs away with a shipwrecked businessman to the city. But instead of her dreams, she finds herself selling herself in the streets, until a painter finds her as an ideal model for his next painting.
A girl who moves to the city after her fiancé lacks the courage to face his father ,who is against their relationship. In the city the girls winds up being abused by men, giving birth to a child and supporting herself on prostitution.
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. Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
'Made' date = 1973, but first showing date = 1975: This film took over ten years to get to the screen, despite director had had several earlier quite successful and popular films produced and shown (also been a leading man, Valentino like, actor in silents) but with his melodramatic style had fallen out of favour meaning financial constraints throughout: begun in 64, major financing secured to get most done in 67-8, with original title 'Aslak's Daughter': changing 'youth' mores of 'swinging '60's' culture, prompted director to add 'contemporary' like scenes (e.g. the 'orgy') along with some retakes in '70. When submitted for release to Finnish board of classification, got first ever rated adult '18' (+ "30% penalty tax") at which director himself took protest claim against, to highest court in land = still lost: subsequently now accepted deal with board to cut a 5 minute 'brothel scene' (now only "taxed at 10%"), got theatrical release planned for in capital, Helsinki, but as that would be in a cinema famed / notorious for soft core sex film exhibitor = director baulked, with upshot, eventually only shown in North of land where population far fewer, resulting eventually in only two ever theatrical showings in '75 with only "665 paying customers" logged! Yet, also originally intended for an international market as originally made with English dialogue, but abject failure meant that this version never shown. Director's disappointment and demoralisation meant that this film was in effect withdrawn from public viewing (e.g. he forbade TV showings) until after his death in 2000, nor made any other film after. Has become "a swansong of garishness". [Details courtesy, film archivist and director fan, Markku Varjola from Finnkino DVD issue extras.] See more »
Laila is wearing a four-wind hat, which is normally worn by men only in Lapland. See more »
[referring to herself as a whore]
Here I am, just the way you wanted me.
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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.
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