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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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Dome Karukoski

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Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Aleksi Bardy (story by) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pekka Strang ... Tom / Touko
Seumas F. Sargent ... Doug (as Seumas Sargent)
Chris Myland Chris Myland ... Security Person
Alf Myreen Alf Myreen ... AD Artist
Fabian Puregger Fabian Puregger ... Tom's Dream Cop
Lauri Tilkanen ... Veli
Roope Karisto Roope Karisto ... Young Man
Taisto Oksanen Taisto Oksanen ... Alijoki
Emanuel Claesson Emanuel Claesson ... Man in Doorway
Henri Keränen Henri Keränen ... Radio Operator / Soldier, Chorus
Jessica Grabowsky ... Kaija
Siim Maaten ... Russian Paratrooper
Leif Edlund ... Moustache Man
Niko Wirtanen Niko Wirtanen ... Bouncer at Hansa Bar
Jari Forsman Jari Forsman ... Police Officer in the Park
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Storyline

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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A movie of courage, love, and liberation. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Finland | Sweden | Denmark | Germany | Iceland | USA

Language:

Finnish | English | German

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Tom al Finlandei See more »

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Box Office

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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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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Rewarding for the open-minded
23 April 2017 | by mstern-647-450218See all my reviews

This was a hit tonight at Tribeca Film Festival. A very fine biopic. I came away thinking how paradoxical that Scandinavia was so far ahead of the US in its relaxed attitude towards sex -- but only of the hetero variety. This film shows how tragically oppressive life was for gays (at least gay men) in Finland as late as the 1970s. When "Tom" / Touko Laaksonen arrives in L.A. to the adulation of the gay community, it's a joyous catharsis. But I disagree with the reviewer who wrote that the film wouldn't make anyone blush. Many viewers -- outside the Chelsea NYC crowd that attended tonight -- will indeed blush and even squirm, if not at the (albeit discrete) gay sex scenes, then at the artwork itself which is beyond explicit. I would advise viewing Tom of Finland's XXX-rating-worthy art before seeing the film. If you're open-minded, you will be well-rewarded... It falls short of a 10 for me because it lags in places, and the time and place contexts are often confusing. Other than that, it's an extremely well-made film that portrays the soul of an artist brave enough to break the constraints of his society and the times. It also powerfully depicts Touko's wartime experience, and how that filters into his later life -- a universal theme.


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