Tom of Finland

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They called it filth. It became a revolution.

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)


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Drama, True Story & Biography, World Cinema


Rating: R18+ High impact sexualised imagery and nudity

Finnish, Germany and English with English subtitles

Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, USA

Hollywood Reporter


Understated portrait of a tumescent talent.

Screen International


An artfully composed and sensitively acted life story.

Slant Magazine


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.

Variety (USA)


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

FilmInk (Australia)


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

Empire (UK)


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.

The Guardian (UK)


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.

Total Film (UK)


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