Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (The Match Factory Girl)
1990
***
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari, Vesa Vierikko, Silu Seppälä, Reijo Taipale

Iris is a lonely woman who leads a mundane life. She works at a match factory and lives with her ungrateful mother and stepfather. After a romantic night, she believes her luck has changed, but her Romeo turns out to be a total scumbag. Aki Kaurismäki’s most highly regarded work is a gritty dark comedy with a deliciously nasty twist. It is a short and minimalist piece of cinema, but do not attempt to find credibility or meaning in its story.