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Tom of Finland [Sub: Eng]

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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 and 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.
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December 14, 2017

Karukoski does his subject proud, his own artistry with visuals and sound complementing the artist and the art he depicts.
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December 27, 2017

Artistic expression as means of self-determination and liberation from oppression is explored to poignant effect in Tom of Finland
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December 06, 2017

In the end, the overarching theme of "Tom of Finland" is the power of art, even - or maybe especially - so-called deviant art.
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December 07, 2017

More delicately, the film brings to life the desire that lit the artist's genius, until he'd filled the entire world with leather gods and muscle studs.
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October 19, 2017

"Tom of Finland" entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.
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January 02, 2018

Karukoski's scenes often have a smoky, sweaty reek that would have amused the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a titan of tang himself... The tensile central performance by Pekka Strang is adroit at capturing the complicated man.
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December 14, 2017

In a subtle but wily performance, Strang never loses sight of his character's innate sense of resistance.
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December 17, 2017

Touko Laaksonen sketched out an enduring legacy with his homoerotic images of hyper-masculine men. So, why then is Dome Karukoski's depiction of Laaksonen's rise from closeted pornographer to celebrated artist so flaccid?
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October 18, 2017

Tom of Finland is a good, strong movie, but never threatens to be great. One salivates at the adventurous directions the film could have explored.
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December 17, 2017

the filmmakers give an honest and informative view of a man whose life-long work helped many find themselves in their LGBT universe.
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December 07, 2017

Karukoski turns a promising story into a flat, clammy bore.
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October 17, 2017

Why does Tom of Finland play like an over-cited term paper? The film is jammed with incident and detail but there's little flow to the storytelling ...
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