Overview

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

Top Billed Cast

  1. Kati Outinen

    Kati Outinen

    Iris

  2. Elina Salo

    Elina Salo

    Mor

  3. Esko Nikkari

    Esko Nikkari

    Styvfar

  4. Silu Seppälä

    Silu Seppälä

    Iris bror

  5. Reijo Taipale

    Sångare

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Original Title Tulitikkutehtaan Tyttö

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 12, 1990
    Theatrical

Original Language Finnish

Runtime 1h 6m

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100

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