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The Match Factory Girl (1990)
"Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö" (original title)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  6 November 1992 (USA)
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Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster. But when she is made pregnant after a one-night stand by a man who... See full summary »

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Iiris
Elina Salo ...
Mother
Esko Nikkari ...
Stepfather
Vesa Vierikko ...
Aarne
Reijo Taipale ...
The singer
Silu Seppälä ...
Iiris' brother
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Iiris' co-worker
Marja Packalén ...
The doctor
Richard Reitinger ...
Man in the bar
Helka Viljanen ...
Office employee (as Helga Viljanen)
Kurt Siilas ...
Policeman
Ismo Keinänen ...
Policeman
Klaus Heydemann ...
Worker
Erkki Friman ...
Member of dance band
Tapani Ikonen ...
Member of dance band
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Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster. But when she is made pregnant after a one-night stand by a man who thought she was a prostitute, she decides that enough is enough and plans her revenge... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Incredibly depressing - and highly enjoyable
19 September 1999 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

Short, simple, almost completely free of dialogue, "The Match Factory Girl" is perhaps cinema at its purest form. How brave to create a film where the viewer is forced to watch the poor heroine spiral down further and further into wretchedness, all the way to the bottom, with a wry smile and deadpan detachment all the way. But just because the movie's tone is cold and standoffish doesn't mean it's unaffecting. I saw this movie over 5 years ago and the memory of it still ties my heart in a knot.


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