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The Match Factory Girl ()

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

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Iris Rukka
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Esko Nikkari ...
Stepfather
Vesa Vierikko ...
Aarne
Reijo Taipale ...
The singer
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Iris Rukka's brother
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Iris Rukka's co-worker
Marja Packalén ...
The doctor
Richard Reitinger ...
Man in the bar
Helka Viljanen ...
Office employee (as Helga Viljanen)
Kurt Siilas ...
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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 ...
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Directed by

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Aki Kaurismäki

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Aki Kaurismäki ... ()

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Katinka Faragó ... producer (as Katinka Farago)
Aki Kaurismäki ... producer
Klas Olofsson ... producer

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Reijo Taipale ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Timo Salminen

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Aki Kaurismäki

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Eila Karkkunen ... negative cutter (as Eila Karttunen)

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Risto Karhula

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Kari Laine

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Klaus Heydemann ... production manager
Jaakko Talaskivi ... production manager

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Pauli Pentti ... assistant director

Art Department

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Heikki Ukkonen ... property master

Sound Department

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Tom Forsström ... sound mixer
Juuso Hirvikangas ... assistant sound recordist
Nina Jansson ... sound synchronisation
Jouko Lumme ... sound

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Marja-Leena Helin ... still photographer
Börje Hellen ... assistant camera (as Börje Hellén)
Olavi Tuomi ... lighting technician
Pekka Uotila ... assistant camera
Olli Varja ... lighting technician

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Erkki Friman ... musician
Tapani Ikonen ... musician
Jari Lappalainen ... musician
Lasse Luoto ... musician
Melrose ... musician
The Strangers ... songwriter: musican (uncredited)
Tokela ... singer: guitarist (uncredited)
Olavi Virta ... songwriter: musician (uncredited)

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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)

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Willmar Andersson ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Flickan från tändsticksfabriken (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Flickan från tändsticksfabriken (Sweden)
  • The Match Factory Girl (World-wide, English title)
  • The Match Factory Girl (United States)
  • La fille aux allumettes (France)
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  • 69 min
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Trivia The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in I Am Curious, Film (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Satumaa See more »
Quotes Iiris: [Iris is buying rat-poison] How does it effect?
Pharmacist: It kills.
Iiris: Good.
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