Tom of Finland
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.
In a subtle but wily performance, Strang never loses sight of his character’s innate sense of resistance. Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“Tom of Finland” entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times