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As one of the icons of homoerotica, Tom of Finland’s oeuvre has sparked a long-term debate about the precipice between art and porn.

After growing up secretly gay in rural Finland and serving in the military during World War II, Laaksonen (Strang) started sketching private fantasies based on stylised versions of soldiers, lumberjacks and leather-clad bikers. With homosexuality still a criminal offence in the 1960s, this delightful biopic tracks Laaksonen’s journey to gay icon, and the place of his art in modern history, via love, loss and prejudice.

“Handsome, smoothly executed and eager to entertain.” Variety

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