Dysfunctional families -- Finland -- Drama, Revenge -- Drama, Working class women -- Finland -- Drama

The Match Factory Girl

(Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö)


Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko,

Allegedly intended as a work “that will make Robert Bresson seem like a director of epic action pictures,” Kaurismäki’s early masterpiece and blackest of comedies stars Kati Outinen as Iris, a factory worker whose lonely existence is punctuated by glimmers of hope—a pink party dress, the attention of a man at a bar, a pregnancy—that all result in humiliation and heartbreak. As gripping as it is grim, almost without dialogue, the film depicts Iris’s suffering and the meticulous revenge she enacts on those who are its cause. “Few films are ever this unremittingly unyielding,” Roger Ebert wrote. “I found myself as tightly gripped as with a good thriller.”

Kate MacKay
  • Aki Kaurismäki
  • Timo Salminen
  • Finnish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 69 mins
  • Janus Films

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Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 2010

The match factory girl (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002

Heartbreak, pop. 1 (review), L.A. Weekly, Steve Erickson, 1993

Finnish lines (interview), Village Voice, Amy Taubin, 1992

The match factory girl (review), Film Journal International, Liza Béar, 1992

Theoretical girls (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1992

The match factory girl (program note), Palm Springs International Film Festival, 1991

The match factory girl (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1991

Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, 1990

Neue filme von Aki Kaurismäki (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 1990

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Preceded By

Those Were the Days

Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 1992

The Leningrad Cowboys
Kirsi Tykkyläinen

Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 5 mins
  • Janus Films