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Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 24 February 2017 (Finland)
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Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom / Touko
... Doug
Chris Myland ... Security Person
Alf Myreen ... AD Artist
Fabian Puregger ... Tom's Dream Cop
... Veli
Roope Karisto ... Young Man
Taisto Oksanen ... Alijoki
Emanuel Claesson ... Man in Doorway
Henri Keränen ... Radio Operator / Soldier, Chorus
... Kaija
... Russian Paratrooper
... Moustache Man
Niko Wirtanen ... Bouncer at Hansa Bar
Jari Forsman ... Police Officer in the Park
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Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual men around him, even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work - made famous by his signature 'Tom of Finland' - became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution. Written by Helsinki-filmi

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Elokuva rohkeudesta, rakkaudesta ja vapaudesta. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Also Known As:

Tom od Finske  »

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€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,524, 15 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$378,296, 22 March 2018
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Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film competition at 2018 Academy Awards. See more »

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The scene in the hospital when Tom brings Jack a bunny, the pillow is a Euro (square type not commonly used in the US) and not a standard sized one. See more »

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References Onnellinen ministeri (1941) See more »

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An important part of GLBTQI history
10 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The hit of The 2017 Mardi Gras Film Festival and I can see why.

I couldn't help thinking watching this movie a few days before we find out if Australia has voted YES hopefully or No ,heaven forbid to marriage Equality how far our GLBTIQ historic journey has travelled and we still have a long way to travel.

This film is more than a biography of the creator of Tom of Finland , its a document that shows the vilification persecution and intolerance that we experienced in the journey to liberation and the shut closet furtive underworld that younger GLBTQI, thankfully don't experience today.

If Tom of Finland was introduced as a cultural icon today for gay male sexuality he probably wouldn't have had the impact that he did in today's world of internet and technology but he deserves his place in our history and I'm glad he's being celebrated in this entertaining movie.

I enjoyed the film which spans the war years to the terrible AIDS holocaust years ,where a generation was lost forever. Well directed great script and wonderful performances by all the cast ,Tom 's not a film for everyone but up till today I had only a little knowledge of Tom of Finland . Of course I knew the raunchy sketches and their iconic significance to Gay culture but no idea about the creator Toulouse Laaksonen or the background to the creation of Tom.

So grateful to Adam and Kirsten and Mt Vic Flix , if it wasn't for them we would miss out on the very best of today's cinema.


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