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The Match Factory Girl

Das Mädchen aus der Streichholzfabrik

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Iris works in a match factory. She is young but not pretty. A girl searching for happiness. At home she cooks for her parents, with whom she has no real relationship. All human emotions seem to have frozen into silence and a frigid coldness. When Iris falls in love with a man who simply uses her for his own pleasure she decides to strike back, and not only her parents and lover fall victim to her revenge: She buys a large quantity of rat poison and carries out her plan with cool deliberation. In the end she makes no attempt to resist when she is arrested as she works on the assembly line at the match factory. This is a typical film from Aki Kaurismäki's worker trilogy, which established his special reputation.

Finland 1989, 70 min

by

Aki Kaurismäki

with

Kati Outinen
Elina Salo
Esko Nikkari
Vesa Vierikko
Reijo Taipale
Silu Seppälä
Outi Mäenpää