Rent Tom of Finland (2017)

3.4 of 5 from 129 ratings
1h 57min
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Synopsis:
Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), 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 postwar Helsinki rampant with persecution, and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhabitations. 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.
Actors:
, , , Troy T. Scott, , , , , , , , , Siim Maaten, , Taisto Oksanen, , , , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto, Annika Sucksdorff
Writers:
Aleksi Bardy, Dome Karukoski, Mark Alton Brown, Noam Andrews, Kauko Röyhkä, Mia Ylönen, Susanna Luoto
Aka:
Touko
Studio:
Pecadillo Pictures
Genres:
Drama, Lesbian & Gay
Countries:
Finland, Drama, Lesbian & Gay
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, Finnish, German
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Durk Dehner
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Discussions at the Tom of Finland House
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2017
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, Finnish, German
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Interview with Durk Dehner
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Discussions at the Tom of Finland House

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Reviews (4) of Tom of Finland

The Birth of an Icon - Tom of Finland review by KW

Spoiler Alert
03/02/2018

Interesting bio pic of the emergence of the Tom of Finland brand and the life of its creator Touko Laaksonen from his exploits in WW2, life after the war and the homophobic stance to life in Finland, whilst at the same time honing his art drawings of the muscular man especially those dressed in leather. The film evolves through the growth of his fame, his private life in Helsinki and the development of the AIDS pandemic, but does not cover his own death from emphysema, but the seeds were sown from the numerous occasions he is shown smoking a cigarette!

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Something of a missed opportunity. - Tom of Finland review by TE

Spoiler Alert
07/04/2018

This is worth watching just for the back-story it gives to the life of the cultural phenomenon that was Tom of Finland.

Having said that, it captures little of the playful bawdiness of his art.

It's a kind of low-energy lightbulb when it should be more of a flashing disco light!

There have been many representations of the problems faced by gay people in the 1940s and 1950s. The film dwells too long in that period and then rushes through the rest of his life, leaving many questions unanswered.

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Episodic Finnish film about a gay icon artist - Tom of Finland review by PV

Spoiler Alert
15/04/2018

This is the sort of film that should be made - though I do have to say I am no fan of his fantasy mannerist art.

This movies follows this man's life from WWII and fighting against the Soviets to later days in the USA.

All very interesting and unknown to me before this. Perhaps not to everyone's taste but a useful biopic.

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