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.
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
The right way to present a delicate subject, the portrait of a controversial artist are the basic virtues of this film who has the admirable science to explore a life, in its defining traits, behind drawings and legends and strange controversies. and the best manner to do that is the option for a fresco of period. from challenges to survive. result - a sort of confession. honest, precise,, mix of drops of humor, dark poetry and drama in right proportions. and that is the axis for the eccentric and, in same measure, risky project of Dome Karukoski.
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