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The Match Factory Girl (1990)

Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (original title)
A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution.

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Reijo Taipale ...
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Iris Rukka's brother
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Marja Packalén ...
The doctor
Richard Reitinger ...
Man in the bar
Helka Viljanen ...
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Kurt Siilas ...
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Ismo Keinänen ...
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Klaus Heydemann ...
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Erkki Friman ...
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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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6 November 1992 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Iiris: Half pint, please!
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Performed by The Klaus Treuheit Trio: Chris Lachotta (as Christian Lachotta) (Contrabass), Hans-Günter Brodmann (Drums), Klaus Treuheit (piano)
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A simple story that kept me watching
13 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a downbeat story of a young woman, Iris, who works on an assembly line in a match stick factory in Finland. Iris' life would give testament to the truth of Thoreau's quote, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." She comes home from her tedious job to a dismal apartment that she shares with her mother and stepfather--both major losers. They take what little money Iris earns and berate her if she spends on herself.

While Iris is not unattractive, she presents such a sullen and drab appearance that she is ignored at community dances, until she buys a new red dress when she finally attracts the attention of a man. But don't plan on a happy ending to that one. Years of suppressed resentment can provoke dramatic acts of revenge.

At a little over an hour this movie could have played as an episode on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Except it has better production values and acting that most shows on that program. I thought the humorous twist in the final scene was particularly in the style of Hitchcock.

I enjoyed the establishing shots in the match factory. I have never given much thought about the process of creating match sticks and found the presentation of that interesting. So much complexity and machinery involved in producing such a simple product.


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