Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland

Biopic on shunned-to-celebrated cult artist Touko Laaksonen and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings.

"After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret affairs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him.

"Tuoko gains confidence from the positive reactions he receives after sharing his explicit drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations with a select few. But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2017115 minsFinland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, USAFinnish, Germany and English with English subtitles
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWorld Cinema
Director:
Dome Karukoski ('The Home of Dark Butterflies', 'Lapland Odyssey', 'Beauty and the Bastard')
Writer:
Aleksi Bardy
Cast:
Pekka StrangLauri TilkanenJakob OftebroWerner DaehnChristian SandströmNiklas HognerJessica GrabowskyTaisto Oksanen
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Karukoski's film at least honours its subject's work in some key respects: It's handsome, smoothly executed and eager to entertain.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Strang's quiet turn as Laaksonen has a simmering power.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, known by his nom de plume Tom of Finland, is brought above the radar of cultural history in this well-acted biopic.

3.0
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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

A film that projects some of the superficiality that Laaksonen’s art has been accused of over the years, and that just as surely inspires through its command of visual storytelling.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An artfully composed and sensitively acted life story.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Understated portrait of a tumescent talent.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

... a very watchable, solid, frequently entertaining and sometimes touching true story.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Having taken such pains to establish Tom's Finnish background and its attendant dangers, Karukoski hurtles through the sketchy American section without exploring any of its crucial issues in sufficient depth.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Karukoski's film at least honours its subject's work in some key respects: It's handsome, smoothly executed and eager to entertain.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Strang's quiet turn as Laaksonen has a simmering power.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, known by his nom de plume Tom of Finland, is brought above the radar of cultural history in this well-acted biopic.

3.0
0
Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

A film that projects some of the superficiality that Laaksonen’s art has been accused of over the years, and that just as surely inspires through its command of visual storytelling.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An artfully composed and sensitively acted life story.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Understated portrait of a tumescent talent.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

... a very watchable, solid, frequently entertaining and sometimes touching true story.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Having taken such pains to establish Tom's Finnish background and its attendant dangers, Karukoski hurtles through the sketchy American section without exploring any of its crucial issues in sufficient depth.

3.0
0

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