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Sensuela - a woman as hot as a furnace - squashy, wet as a swamp - she practically absorbs men... See more »
A Lappish girl, the only daughter of a reindeer herder, rescues a crashed German fighter pilot during WW2. The two develop warm feelings for each other during his convalescence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Marianne Mardi ... Laila Walk
Mauritz Åkerman ... Hans Müller
Ismo Saario ... Pekka
Ossi Elstelä ... Aslak Walk
Maria Pertamo ... Greta Kujala
Armas Ek ... Sami
Aimo Paapio ... Sea Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marjatta Happonen ... Valehäiden vieras
Eila Hartikainen ... Lapin kylän nuorisoa
Julius Heikkilä ... Väkeä Hansin juhlissa
Heikki Huopainen ... Valehäiden vieras
Matias Ikävalko ... Väkeä Hansin juhlissa
Markku Jokio ... Hans Müller (voice)
Jukka Kankaantähti ... Lapin kylän nuorisoa
Jorma Kylander ... Vastaanottovirkailija
Sinikka Myllyviita ... Lapin kylän nuorisoa
Yrjö Norta ... Mies Telakan Konttorissa
Matti Nurminen ... Joni

Matti Oravisto ... Narrator (voice)
Sisko Ovaska ... Lapin kylän nuorisoa
Marina Piira ... Lapin kylän nuorisoa
Simeon Rabinowitsch ... Valehäiden vieras
Marie Rossi ... Greta Kujala (voice)
Tarleena Sammalkorpi ... Väkeä Hansin juhlissa
Seija Siikamäki ... Maija, vaalea tyttö
Eero Soininen ... Väkeä Hansin juhlissa
Uolevi Vahteristo ... Aslak Walk (voice)
Irene Vauhkonen ... Väkeä Hansin juhlissa

Directed by
Teuvo Tulio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Regina Linnanheimo  writer
Yrjö Norta  writer
Alexander Pushkin  story "Stantsionnij smortritelj"
Teuvo Tulio  writer

Produced by
Teuvo Tulio .... producer
Cinematography by
Yrjö Norta 
Teuvo Tulio 
Film Editing by
Teuvo Tulio 
Art Direction by
Teuvo Tulio 
Sound Department
Lasse Hjort .... sound
Markku Jokio .... sound
Yrjö Norta .... sound editor
Yrjö Norta .... sound
Location Management
Anssi Mänttäri .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Anssi Mänttäri .... music arranger

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109 min (uncut version) | 105 min (cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Finland:K-16 (2016) (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (1974) (cut) | Finland:K-18 (1972) (original rating)
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'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 »
Miscellaneous: The Lapps are drinking Koskenkorva vodka during the WW II. The brand was brought to production no more than 1953.See more »
Laila Walk:[referring to herself as a whore] Here I am, just the way you wanted me.See more »
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Rare, Finnish Ed Wood / Jodorosky-like seminal feminist odyssey cult kitsch GEM, 18 January 2017
Author: Bofsensai from Finland

Recommended a must see by a Finnish film industry enthusiast, as an epitome of the best oddities that Finnish film can offer = absolutely right in that any adventurous film fan MUST watch this labour of love: it took the director OVER ten years in the making and to get it up on screen - of a superb anti-patriarchal objectification of women as mere sex objects tract - told, by - well, naturally, huh; objectifying women as mere sex objects. Already cult kitsch kudos!. And that's especially so as apparently in Finland, when it eventually got distributed theatrically, it got so sidelined, that 'only 665 paying customers' ever so saw it!* And that's even with, or perhaps because, the then - mid seventies, remember - Finnish censors insisted 5 minutes be cut out of it to get this already severely restricted theatrical release. And what of? Gorgeous dark eyed beauty main actress, Marianne Mardi NOT naked, NOT even topless, but merely attired in bra, panties and stockings in a 'Hamburg brothel': ah, but in which she does go on rant at her clients (one her former German lover!) against men incapable of giving love, instead expecting only sex. (In a brothel? Surely not!?) Why cut that? Perhaps it was to do with then current Finnish politics only just emerging from big neighbour Soviet influence 'Finlandisation', so that criticism of the the burgeoning embarkation into capitalist (prostituted!) consumerist system, could not be tolerated? Or just good ol' patriarchal repression, don't tell us blokes we are selfish sex only obsessed 'swines' .. (It incidentally almost exactly parallels the end scene to the much earlier Z grade film 'The Flesh Merchants' a.k.a.'The Wild and the Wicked'.)

So, transpiring to be a sort of pastiche cross of A. Jodorovsky (the colour palettes used) and a sort of Finnish worst ever director status Ed Wood, this beauty can only delight you for the unintentional hilarity á la the latter, in the unfolding of a colourful tale á la the former. E.g. the very opening scene if not a pastiche of Wood's infamous 'worst film ever', with a pilot wildly steering a plane rather like those back projected car driver's did in old black and white gangster films, is remarkably reminiscent of Wood's cockpit scene in 'Plan 9': what's similarly more, the actor playing this role (Mauritz Åckerman) delivers his German soldier, latterly sleazy nudist glamour photographer, character in presumably unintentional high camp style á la Wood's self referential 'Glen or Glenda'.

But the true revelation, beauty, is of course, main actress Mardi who goes on her odyssey from Lapland home, enticed down to sinful South capital, but throughout still with her seminal feminist head held high: particularly high as she has several love making encounters whence it is clearly inferred she is - most sensually (= Sensuela, see?) - getting her rocks off pleasure through whichever beau's oral stimulation: i.e. rarely shown in a publicly theatrical film of that time, cunnilingus, no less! Latterly she even has her current chap, literally, underfoot (those Finnish women are known for their assured confidence) after which canoodling begins, she even requests - nay demands? - to be 'on top', wherein Tulio the director then focuses lingeringly on her beautiful rotund face for quite some time as she goes through her passion. And such, ah, 'tasty'** practise is again shown (inferred) when in some of the antics portrayed in the orgy scene, one guy removes the blanket from a 69ing couple .. , but at the other end i.e. the lady's, ah, input, then, well, was that an earliest inference of analingus?! Wow. (** And bookended with the superb thowaway line from unveiling guy "Well, I suppose it's all matter of what's to your taste". Ho, ho!)

What's more, not only for its time, but even in the modern era, I challenge you to name a film in which a character, the said bad beau former German soldier, gets his come-uppance by - apparently traditional (as 'demonstrated' in the first half of the film) - Lappish reindeer 'neutering' style i.e. castration of the - even though pretend - bridegroom! Knocks spots (or is that, bollox?) off any latter day torture porn / Tarantino-like offering!

There are many other scenes / dialogue worthy to look out for - OK, here's another: check out how the national airline ('Finnair' - just incidentally over the intercom announcing every destination they then fly to - early product placement gambit, or what?) ) airliner is shown against the blue sky background: cut and paste worthy of child's grade - but this was already the '70's: as actually, an indication how this already several earlier productions made, director's fortunes had sadly waned: but still surely admirably, if by which unintentionally so amusing, in the passion to get it all up on screen, so that this effort can in no way be adjudged a good film; BUT it is undoubtedly an absolute gem of the art form to have and to hold / see.

N.B. *factual information gleaned from DVD extras, director 'Tulio' fan, Markku Varjola.

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