Tom Of Finland

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Dome Karukoski
Production: Kino Lorber
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

- That wasn't so bad.

- We'll wait for the next one.

- Good bye, Laaksonen.

- Good bye.

Good evening.

Come here.

Aircraft warning! Fire! 13:00.

Bomber, 30:
00. Two guns. Fire!



You can call me Heikki.

Touko Laaksonen. Touko.

Thank you.

Do you have dreams, Touko?

I don't know about that.

What would you like to do

when the war is over?

I mean,

besides taking walks in the park.

Play the piano.

- And draw.

- An artist.

- Well...

- Louvre.

Laaksonen among the great masters there?

No one from my hometown

has even been to Paris.

You'll have a big opening party.

You'll invite me.

I'll tell everyone I know you.

You have to have dreams in life.

The Eastern Front is breaking down.

We'll be transferred there.

There are too many Russians.

Way too many.

I'll tell the boys

they have to have dreams...

...and think about winning.


Sir. Heikki.

You can keep it.

Let's go.

- Good morning.

- Morning.

I talked to my boss.

He promised you can give it a try

at our company.

- How come?

- I showed him your work.

That landscape you painted for Dad.

Your boss will change his mind

when he sees me.

C'mon. We need money.

Your veteran discount

isn't helping that much.

Do you even know how much

cheese costs on the black market?

Alrighty. You're feeling better, huh?

- You're looking like yourself again.

- Am I?

Well, at least you vaguely resemble

my brother.

- I got a straight line.

- What straight line?

I marked the obituaries

of all my friends

who said they'd quit smoking.

Born in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925.

Brother, dear, the war is over.

Damn it, a Russky.

Touko. Touko.

I'm here. Everything's OK.

Everything's OK.

Everything's OK.

Everything's OK. Everything's OK.

Why wouldn't everything be OK?

Give it to me.

You have to find someone

you can share your life with.

Someone who'll look after you.

Someone special.

I had someone in the war.

Wow. What happened?

Well, what usually happens in war.

- From the women's auxiliary corps?

- No.

You're totally confused.

It's the war. It made you like that.

But it'll pass.

You just have to work and meet people.

A lot of girls would want

a handsome officer like you.

You got that medal

because you fought bravely, right?

- I guess so.

- Pull yourself together. Enjoy life.

Good night.

Good night.

He's a faggot!

Get out or I'll call the police!

You need to know how to behave here.

I'll ban you for a month. Minimum.

Ban me for life while you're at it.

Thanks, honey.

- What's your name?

- Nipa.

- You want to see something?

- I'd rather do something.


May I keep this?

- Stop!

- Police!

- Stop!

- Stop!


Police! Stop in the name of the law!

You, over there! Stop.

Police! I got one of them.

- Stay where you are.

- Police!

- Who is this fellow?

- Good evening. What's happening?

We're clearing the park of criminals.

- Why do you have to do that?

- For the Olympics.

Are you interested in javelin,


- or perhaps wrestling?

- Javelin.

Good. Then hurry up

before the spear throwers are here.

Yes, we'll do our best.

- And your name is?

- Get in the car.


- Did you sleep well?

- Fantastically. You?

- Fantastically.

- Great.

All right, let's go.


I can't take this to a client.

Do something.

Excuse me.

Can you come with me?

It'll take just a moment.

Please sit on the couch.

Maria, could you come here for a moment?

A moment, please.


Make eye contact.

No, not with me. With Maria.

Good. Pretend it's morning.

The first morning

after you've been... intimate.

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Aleksi Bardy

Aleksi Bardy (born 24 September 1970 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish television writer, screenwriter and film producer. He has been a political activist on the left of the political spectrum (Left Alliance), once standing in elections for the Finnish parliament. more…

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