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The Match Factory Girl (1990) More at IMDbPro »Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (original title)

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Release Date:
6 November 1992 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Kati Outinen ... Iiris
Elina Salo ... Mother
Esko Nikkari ... Stepfather
Vesa Vierikko ... Aarne
Reijo Taipale ... The singer
Silu Seppälä ... Iiris' brother

Outi Mäenpää ... 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
Jari Lappalainen ... Member of dance band
Lasse Luoto ... Member of dance band
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Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
 
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Aki Kaurismäki 

Produced by
Katinka Faragó .... producer (as Katinka Farago)
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Klas Olofsson .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
 
Film Editing by
Aki Kaurismäki 
 
Art Direction by
Risto Karhula 
 
Set Decoration by
Kari Laine 
 
Production Management
Klaus Heydemann .... production manager
Jaakko Talaskivi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Heikki Ukkonen .... property master
 
Sound Department
Tom Forsström .... sound mixer
Juuso Hirvikangas .... assistant sound recordist
Nina Jansson .... sound synchronisation
Jouko Lumme .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marja-Leena Helin .... still photographer
Börje Hellen .... assistant camera (as Börje Hellén)
Olavi Tuomi .... lighting technician
Pekka Uotila .... assistant camera
Olli Varja .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Eila Karkkunen .... negative cutter (as Eila Karttunen)
 
Music Department
Erkki Friman .... musician
Tapani Ikonen .... musician
Jari Lappalainen .... musician
Lasse Luoto .... musician
 
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary
Erkki Astala .... publicist
Marja-Leena Helin .... script supervisor
M. Laaksonen .... title designer
Pirjo Laivuori .... color definitions
Jan-Eric Nyström .... title designer (as J-E Nyström)
Jaana Puhakka .... production assistant
Sinikka Usvamaa .... accountant (as Sinikka Telaranta)
 
Thanks
Willmar Andersson .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö" - Finland (original title)
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Runtime:
68 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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[first lines]
Iiris:Half pint, please!
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Movie Connections:
Features Room Service (1938)See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant deadpan tragedy, 26 April 1999
Author: Lexo-2 from Ireland

A riveting early masterpiece by Aki Kaurismaki. Kati Outinen is extraordinary as Iris, the long-faced factory worker of the title, who lives with her truly appalling parents in (probably) Helsinki. She cooks the meals and does all the housework, while they completely ignore her, preferring to watch TV and drink. Iris buys a dress and goes to a party - everybody ignores her there as well, and her scandalised mother forces her to take the dress back to the shop. A middle-class man picks her up in a bar and sleeps with her, and then leaves the next morning. She informs him that she's pregnant; he sends her a cheque and a note saying "Get rid of it." She quietly and inexorably starts to revenge herself on the world.

There's not much dialogue, but you don't need it; the camera stays on Outinen's mesmerisingly gloomy face. Iris is possibly the least glamorous heroine in movie history, but without apparently doing anything, Outinen shows all of Iris' hope, despair and the consciousness that it's going to get worse before it gets better. A great movie; since Fassbinder's death, they don't make many like these anymore.

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