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The Match Factory Girl (15)

21 June

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Iris works a dead-end job in a match factory, a mindless cog in the industrial machine, supporting her forbidding mother and step-dad in their small two-bedroom apartment. A tragic social life offers a glimmer of hope when she meets a man in a local dance club, whom she desperately falls for. However as with everything in Iris’ life, things are not so easy, and soon Iris is pushed over the edge. One of Kaurismäki’s bleakest tales, The Match Factory Girl also remains one of his most poignant and sympathetic, with his penchant for entertaining yet despondent comic irony shown in full effect.

This screening will be preceded by Kaurismäki’s short film Those Were the Days (1992, 5m).

Cinemasters: Aki Kaurismäki Multi-Buy Discounts are available. More information here.


  • Director Aki Kaurismäki
  • Cast Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari
  • Certificate 15
  • Running time 1h8m
  • Language Finnish with English subtitles
  • Country Finland
  • Year of production 1990
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