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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Iiris: Half pint, please!
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The Irony of Silence in a Noisy World
15 July 2003 | by (A Place is Just A Place) – See all my reviews

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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