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
I am not a big fan of domestic movies. I have been disappointed in too many times. Therefore Tom of Finland was a great surprise. Set is good, text works and it feels quite international movie. It is not a five star movie, but good enough still. The biggest problem of it is that it has made to all audience. I don't mean that they should show all the art of Tom's, but I mean the way they handle homosexuality back in 50's to 80's. The fact is, that homosexuality was a crime many decades after second world war and I am sure, that life hasn't been as easy as they show in the movie.
Movie is also way too slow at the beginning and when they finally start to tell Tom's popularity the pass it too quick and easy in the movie. Also the era of AIDS and eighties is told too easy and quickly. As a domestic movie Tom of Finland is solid movie. It is not a masterpiece but one of the best domestic movies I have seen.
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