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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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  (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 
Writing credits
(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)
Willmar Andersson .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö" - Finland (original title)
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68 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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[first lines]
Iiris:Half pint, please!
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Life will never seem as bad again, 22 September 2000
Author: trilobee from NZ

Kaurismaki is nothing if not an efficient director. The stylistic elements of 'The Match Factory Girl' are distilled, like the vodka that is drunk throughout, to produce an intense and disturbing effect. Much of the action goes on outside the characteristically static camera frame, and Kati Outinen's deadpan face conveys a correspondingly broad range of expressions (she is excellent at signalling imminent vomiting without appearing to twitch a muscle). It's a film that moves on and out with the minimum of movement and dialogue, and its downwards pull is mesmerising. It's also bitterly funny. Late in the film the main character, Iris, approaches the shop counter and asks for a bottle of rat poison, to which the reply is: 'Small or large?'

I was fairly low when I saw this film. I came out feeling marvellous. Another triumph for the relief to be found in misery, a paradox which Kaurismaki cheerfully exploits in his dark, tragic & hilarious films.

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