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Tom of Finland (2017)

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Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.



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Credited cast:
Kaija Laaksonen
Troy T. Scott ...
Tom's man
Editor of the Physic Pictorial Office
Tom's man
Moustache Man
Russian Paratrooper
Martin Bergmann ...
German Officer (as Martin Bergman)


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 »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

24 February 2017 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Tom od Finske  »


Box Office


€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,524, 15 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$347,038, 21 January 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film competition at 2018 Academy Awards. See more »


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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