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Tom of Finland: The Fascinating Story of a Gay Icon
3.9Overall Score
Reader Rating 4 Votes

This is the story of Touko Laaksonen, creator of Tom of Finland, one of most iconic homoerotic art brands of the modern era. Pekka Strang delivers a subtle but compelling performance as the Finnish military officer who survives the repressive anti-gay post-WWII era through his macho, hyper-sexualized drawings, which years later, would become an archetypal part of the gay rights movement.

Although the timeline jerks from a slow first half to a rushed second half, and the story surprisingly restrained for such hedonistic subject matter, the cinematography and score are absolutely beautiful and the story has enough poignant moments to be a fitting tribute to a gay icon and a worthy submission from Finland in the upcoming Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. B+