The Match Factory Girl

1990, Comedy/Drama, 1h 10m

3 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Iris (Kati Outinen) has a soul-deadening job as a quality-control worker watching boxes of matches go by on an assembly line all day. At night, she eats silently with her dour mother (Elina Salo) and stepfather (Esko Nikkari). One weekend, wearing her new red dress at a local dance, she ends up going home with Aarne (Vesa Vierikko), whom she mistakenly believes is her new boyfriend. When she discovers that she's pregnant, years of pent-up rage explode in a shocking outburst.

Cast & Crew

Esko Nikkari
Stepfather
Silu Seppälä
Iiris' brother
Outi Mäenpää
Iiris' co-worker
Marja Packalen
The doctor
Aki Kaurismäki
Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Writer
Aki Kaurismäki
Producer
Katinka Faragó
Executive Producer
Klas Olofsson
Executive Producer
Timo Salminen
Cinematographer
Aki Kaurismäki
Film Editor
Risto Karhula
Art Direction
Kari Laine
Set Decoration
Klaus Heydemann
Production Manager
Jaakko Talaskivi
Production Manager
Pauli Pentti
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for The Match Factory Girl

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Audience Reviews for The Match Factory Girl

  • May 12, 2010
    In "The Match Factory Girl," Iris(Kari Outinen) works all day in a factory and comes home at night to tend to her parents(Elina Salo & Esko Nikkari) in a cramped apartment. So, she figures she deserves a little fun in return but nobody takes notice of her at a dance. Her parents react in shock when she has the nerve to buy a new dress with her own money and demand she return it. She does not. In fact, Iris wears it to a bar where she winds up meeting the wealthy Aarne(Vesa Vierikko) and they spend the night together. "The Match Factory Girl" is proof that Aki Kaurismaki does not make the same movie over and over again, as this is more dead serious than deadpan. There is very little humor and minimal dialogue which makes it perfect for watching on a bus. Even the television news is pessimistic, full of death and destruction(pretty much everything except for the Bay Area Earthquake) with a little resistance thrown in. Even Iris' job at a factory that makes matchsticks which are primarily used in smoking cigarettes has ominous overtones. Iris is too good of a person for such a cruel world, serving others and expecting the best from the world in return, and eventually suffers for it, before the movie takes a huge risk in removing any sympathy from her.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2008
    Kaurismaki's perfection of the 90's.Outinen is a goddess,convincing me that acting is silence,a soundproof collision merged into shattering pieces.Those pieces glued in the trembling-vengeful heart of Iris.Aye,and hard laboring.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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