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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Not a good ad for the Finnish tourism bureau, 15 July 2004
Author: Tomlonso

But a masterful minimalist portrait of a woman taking one of the few options open to her. "Iiris" is a Dickensian heroine: beset with a brute of a step father, loving a wealthy cad who turns cold when she expects warmth, and reaching out to a distant brother who loves her but cannot provide the family she seeks. Overall her world is so bleak, cold and mean that the universal comment I heard after the movie screened was "Thank God I'm not Finnish!". This is a 20th century telling of the tale of the Little Match Girl so the end fits modern sensabilities.

The humor of this comedy is easy to miss as you watch it play out, but on retrospect it comes through loud and strong.

My personal highlight of the movie was the use of song and music to propel the action. Not having a clue about Finnish pop music, I'm sure I'm missing some elements, but the subtle themes come across quite well.

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