Aki Kaurismäki – Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö AKA The Match Factory Girl (1990)


tuesday 31st march

68, st lucy street, valletta

8:15 infinite screen test by martin clark

8:30 the match factory girl by aki kaurismaki

Iris is a young Finnish girl whose life has no horizon. She works in a match factory and still lives at her parents’. She escapes by reading soppy love stories or by attending a dance. One night, she thinks she has found Prince Charming. But the latter reveals himself a scornful human being who has no consideration for her. Then, she is chased away by her parents and relies on her brother’s generosity to put her up. But Iris didn’t say her last word and she decides to prepare a plan to have a revenge on the ones who couldn’t love her.

In the nineteenth Century, Andersen, a Danish writer wrote a tale entitled “the little match girl”. Here, the film-maker Aki Kaurismäki kept certain elements of this tale to create in his own way, a sort of updated version. And it’s a much more austere one so much that it virtually evokes Robert Bresson’s cinema.

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poster by adrian abela

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