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ALEKSI BARDY

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TOM OF FINLAND (2017)
Starring Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn, Christian Sandström, Niklas Hogner, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas F. Sargent and Martin Bahne. Directed by Dome Karukoski.

After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko (Pekka Strang, in a towering performance) finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret a airs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him.

REVIEWS Tom of Finland - The man behind the Icon

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TOM OF FINLAND (2017)
Starring Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn, Christian Sandström, Niklas Hogner, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas F. Sargent and Martin Bahne. Directed by Dome Karukoski.

After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko (Pekka Strang, in a towering performance) finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret a airs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him.

REVIEWS Tom of Finland - The man behind the Icon

DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS
Starring Pekka Strang, Krista Kosonen, Ilona Huhta, Jani Volanen, Oona Airola, Iiris Anttila, Ester Geislerová, Ellen Karppo, Armands Reinis and Samuel Shipway. Directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää.

The idyllic married life of Juha is torn asunder as he naps; in a dreamlike prologue, his wife drowns at their lakeside home while their small daughter Elli watches on. In trying to rescue his tangled wife, he has a moment of spiritual connection with her soul, nearly drowning himself in the act. Ten years later, Juha is still consumed by grief; he finds comfort in his lonely daily routine, which includes his own form of self-abuse using his late wife’s underwear and perfume, while barely registering the existence of teenage Elli.

After accidentally wondering into a backroom BDSM venue while his daughter is getting tattooed in the front parlour, Juha is choked into semi-consciousness by parlour mistress Mona, who is affronted by his intrusion into her domain. Her attack energises his senses; a subsequent visit, in which he is humiliated and stripped bare (hence the title), leads to consensual asphysixiation, an act that triggers in him the moment when he last saw his wife’s life force. Juha grows dependent upon Mona’s skills, while failing to register the bond that his willingness for pain and degradation is generating in her.

REVIEWS Dogs Don't Wear Pants - Dangerous BDSM and mismanaged (would-be) great characters

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