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.[1] 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".[2] Although the production was finished in 1972, it was not released until a year later and then opened only in selected theatres.

Directed byTeuvo Tulio
Written byTeuvo Tulio, Yrjö Norta
Based onThe Stationmaster
by Alexander Pushkin
Produced byTeuvo Tulio
  • Marianne Mardi
  • Mauritz Åkerman
  • Ossi Elstelä
  • Ismo Saario
CinematographyTeuvo Tulio, Yrjö Norta
Edited byYrjö Norta
Music byPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Suomi-Filmi Oy
Distributed bySuomi-Filmi Oy
Release date
  • 29 May 1973 (1973-05-29)
Running time
110 minutes (original version)
105 minutes (cut version)
LanguagesEnglish (original)
Finnish (re-recorded)


Sensuela is the story of Laila, a girl from Lapland, and Hans, a German soldier, who fall in love during the Continuation War.[3]

Main castEdit

  • 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


Sensuela was the first film to be rated 18 by the Finnish Board of Film Classification.[4] After its initial release, Tulio prevented the film's subsequent distribution, and it only became available after his death in 2000.[5]


  1. ^ "Sensuela (1973)". KAVA. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Sensuela (18)". Yle. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. ^ Silén, Jarkko. ""JOPA JÖRN D:KIN VARMASTI PUNASTUISI" – Mauritz Åkermanin haastattelu". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ Sundholm, John (2012). Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 147. ISBN 9780810855243.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Jack (2010). Scandinavian Blue. McFarland & Company. pp. 124–128. ISBN 9780786444885.

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