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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Iris Rukka
... Mother
Esko Nikkari ... Stepfather
Vesa Vierikko ... Aarne
Reijo Taipale ... The singer
... Iris Rukka's brother
... Iris Rukka's 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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6 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Although being in nearly every scene, the protagonist does not speak until the 25-minute mark in the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Iiris: Half pint, please!
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Features Room Service (1938) See more »

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Herbstlaub
(from the albun "Nardis")
Composed by Klaus Treuheit
Performed by The Klaus Treuheit Trio: Chris Lachotta (as Christian Lachotta) (Contrabass), Hans-Günter Brodmann (Drums), Klaus Treuheit (piano)
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Not a good ad for the Finnish tourism bureau
15 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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