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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
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Only the story is allowed to tell itself: A classic tale of a woman wronged told straight as can be, without the least adornment, comedy, or any other form of commentary from the film maker. The film begins with several minutes of pure images, no dialogue, and when words are in fact first spoken, they're almost painful. Kati Outinen, Kaurismäki's constant leading lady, looks even more forlorn than usual, her face swollen, her upper lip red and eyes bleary, as if she just finished crying. Salt of the earth, her one break from an otherwise bleak and desolate existence, a brief affair with a callous man of higher social status, ends badly. Events proceed with clocklike fatalism, a simplicity and inevitability that recall a Broadside ballad, a primeval tale.
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