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Tom of Finland is a carefully-crafted film that shows how to approach a subject such as this and how to treat any biography subject with respect and reverence while still showing all the angles of the man's life.
For Tom of Finland, sex is freedom and the artist's empowered gay superheroes perpetually young, never encumbered by performance anxiety or condemnation, frolicking in a dream world expression of a longed-for reality.
Neither a box-ticking biopic nor the sexy romp some publicity implicitly promised, Tom of Finland is a wide-ranging and finely directed drama with opinions to air on Finnish social history and LGBT activism.
Karukoski's biopic treats the man in question with respect, keen to introduce him to an audience who may not be familiar with the work he did that changed so many peoples' lives, encouraging them to be who they were and not suffer in silence.
Some solid performances and the fierce originality of its subject make this biopic about the eponymous Finnish-born gay male erotic artist worthwhile viewing. Too bad the film itself is all over the map.
Karukoski's scenes often have a smoky, sweaty reek that would have amused the late Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a titan of tang himself... The tensile central performance by Pekka Strang is adroit at capturing the complicated man.