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The Match Factory Girl (1990)

The Match Factory Girl





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A downtrodden young factory worker becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and, when rejected by the wealthy father, suddenly decides to exact a vicious revenge on him and her other tormentors.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aki Kaurismäki
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2008
Criterion Collection


Elina Salo
as Mother
Esko Nikkari
as Stepfather
Helga Viljanen
as Office Employee
Kurt Siilas
as Policeman
Ismo Keinanen
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Match Factory Girl

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | April 11, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Kati Outinen proves herself the divine muse of minimalism, conveying more emotion with her stony facial expressions than a whole marquee's worth of shrill starlets could manage.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Eye for Film

July 6, 2005

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Match Factory Girl

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

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 Springer

Super Reviewer


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