The Reel Review

B+

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 feels a bit rushed in the final act, and the story surprisingly restrained for such hedonistic subject matter, the cinematography and score are beautiful and the story has enough poignant moments to be a fitting tribute to a gay icon.

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