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28Oct/11

WEEKEND CLASSICS — AKI KAURISMÄKI: THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL

Aki Kaurismäki concludes the Proletariat Trilogy with THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL

THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL (TULITIKKUTEHTAAN TYTTÖ) (Aki Kaurismäki, 1990)
IFC Center
323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St.
October 28-30, $13, 11:00 am
Series continues through December 18
212-924-7771
www.ifccenter.com

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki completes his conceptual Proletariat Trilogy with the bleakest, most deadpan of the three examinations of working-class life with the wickedly funny, blacker-than-black comedy The Match Factory Girl. The follow-up to 1986’s Shadows in Paradise and 1988’s Ariel, the finale tells the sad story of a poor young woman who just can’t seem to catch a break. Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen stars as Iris, an assembly-line drone who makes way too much out of a rare one-night stand with the devastatingly disinterested Aarne (Vesa Vierikko), leading to all kinds of problems for her, both professionally and personally. Continuing the subtly dramatic color scheme of the previous two films, cinematographer Timo Salminen, set designer Risto Karhula, and Kaurismäki add sly bursts of blue and orange as things keep getting worse and worse for Iris, who, despite her name, doesn’t really see the world for what it is, instead living in a bizarre kind of fantasy until she decides to do something about it. The Match Factory Girl cemented Kaurismäki’s reputation as one of the most fascinating young international filmmakers, which he’s lived up to with such later favorites as Juha, Cannes Grand Prix winner The Man Without a Past, and his latest, Le Havre, which is currently playing at Lincoln Plaza and the IFC Center. The Match Factory Girl is screening October 28-30 as part of the IFC Center’s Weekend Classics series, which will keep showing Kaurismäki films through December 18.

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