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The Match Factory Girl
Film still from THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL: A young woman stands at an assembly line in a factory.

Sat 03.06.

  • Director

    Aki Kaurismäki

  • Finland / 1989
    69 min. / 35 mm / Original version with German subtitles

  • with

    Kati Outinen

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

Repressed, exploited, outcast: Iris (Kati Outinen) works in a noisy match factory checking the matchboxes on a production line and isn’t so much out of place as forcibly yanked out of her already lonely, dreary existence. Her mother and stepfather are only after her meagre salary. After spending a night with Aarne, he gets her pregnant and promptly abandons her. At the end of this path of suffering depicted in minimalist fashion, Iris unleashes her pent-up feelings in merciless fashion. For all its smart dramatic use of color, this final part of the “Proletarian Trilogy” is the darkest of Aki Kaurismäki’s entirely distinctive cinematic worlds. (mg)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media