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The Match Factory Girl

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Original title
Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (The Match Factory Girl)
Running time
69 min.
Finland Finland
Aki Kaurismäki
Reijo Taipale
Timo Salminen
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Co-production Finland-Sweden; Villealfa Filmproductions / Finnkino / Esselte Video / Svenska Filminstitutet
Drama | Psychological Drama
Synopsis / Plot
This is the third film in Kaurismäki's "proletarian trilogy" (Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory Girl). Iris works on a factory assembly line and lives with her unloving mother and stepfather in a tiny apartment where she has a roof over her head, but little more. She comes home from work, turns over her wages, cooks dinner, cleans, and sleeps on the sofa. Looking for affection, she frequents a dance hall, where she meets and spends the night with an apparently successful middle-class man. But the hook-up means little to the man, and has disastrous consequences. Rejected and dejected, her life in disarray, Iris sets out to get revenge on those who have hurt her.
1992: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
1990: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Movie
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