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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

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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Budget:

€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 excellent biopic with appeal
19 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This film played out far better than I imagined it would. As a production it has a very solid and creative feel to it and over all I can't fault it. Of course it's based on a true story and for me who knew of Tom's work, I never knew the dramatic background behind it. To cram so much story into 2 hours obviously meant sacrifices but I think the writers did well there. The film gets over to the audience the sense of gay oppression in Finland around that period and the dangers that practicing gays had to live with. That all sets the scene in the first half of the film which is dramatic but downbeat. In the second half of the film which is mostly based in America it all opens out and in contrast to the first half has a real feel good about it. My score: 8 out of 10 Highly recommended


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