The Match Factory Girl


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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.

Release details

Release date: Friday November 6 1992
Duration: 70 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Screenwriter: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Kati Outinen
Elina Salo
Esko Nikkari
Vesa Vierikko
Reijo Taipale
Silu Seppälä
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