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.

  1. Aki Kaurismäki

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. Kati Outinen

    Kati Outinen

    Iris Rukka

  2. Elina Salo

    Elina Salo


  3. Esko Nikkari

    Esko Nikkari


  4. Vesa Vierikko

    Vesa Vierikko


  5. Reijo Taipale


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Original Title Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 12, 1990
    S, Premiere

Original Language Finnish

Runtime 1h 6m

Budget $474,700.00

Revenue -

Homepage -



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