"The Match Factory Girl" Is Released

The Match Factory Girl (Finnish: Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö) is a 1990 Finnish/Swedish comedy-drama film written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki.

The film is about a match factor worker who lives an uneventful life. When she gets pregnant during her first fun night in ages she decides to take revenge against anyone who crosses her.

The Match Factory Girl is a Finnish/ Swedish coproduction. Kati Outinen plays the title character, trapped in a deadly dull job and an even deadlier duller home life. Against her family's wishes, she purchases a bright red dress and heads out for a night on the town. She spends the evening with a handsome wealthy man, who shows how significant this sexual pairing is by leaving her alone the next morning with a large sum of money. Not wishing to tell her parents of her misadventure, Outinen splits the money with her brother, then waits in vain for her "lover" to return. When she finds she is pregnant, she writes a syrupy note to her erstwhile swain, who coldly sends her a money order and instructs her to get an abortion. Even her family turns on her when her condition becomes obvious. With her remaining savings, Outinen purchases a generous supply of rat poison--not for herself, but for all the people who did her dirt throughout the film. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide