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Tom Of Finland
Tom of Finland
Touko Laaksonen looks back on his life from the drawing board. Better known as “Tom of Finland” he became a gay icon through his drawings of men where muscles and limbs shows freely, or under tight leather pants. His drawings also was an ideal for young gay men, and the film depicts how Tom of Finland became an important part of the sexual revolution, especially in the U. S. in the 60s and 70s. Touko also played up his alter ego "Kake" when the HIV/AIDS epidemic erupted in the 1980s. The film is a wonderful depiction of a man who at an early time was aware of his own sexuality, and who expressed it through smiling, horny men in his immortal drawings.
Director Dome Karukoski has made several Finnish movies, but with Tom of Finland he addresses a much wider audience. At the moment, he is working on a biopic about J.R.R. Tolkien, and is a director we are guaranteed to see more of in the future. In Tom of Finland our very own Jakob Oftebro does an impeccable job as Toukos American friend, Jack.