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The Match Factory Girl + The Land of Happiness (PG*)

Part of Finland: Independence Day season

Film still from The Match Factory Girl

A double bill, pairing together the final film in Aki Kaurismäki's late 1980's Proletariat Trilogy, along with the debut feature of country chronicler Markku Pölönen. 

Kaurismäki's controlled melodrama is, in its minimalism, perhaps the most flawless gem of his career – paving the way for his ultimate international breakthrough. Kati Outinen, who in 2002 was lauded the Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival, plays in this role of her lifetime a poor girl, who never reaches the land of fantasies depicted in tangos or novels, but instead suffers in her job and at the hands of her parents and boyfriend until deciding to retaliate.

It's followed by a treasure of Finnish film novella. When a young man returns from the city to spend the summer in his homestead of 1960's North Karelia, he meets a blond, erotic woman who makes his head spin. This warm-hearted film captures almost surrealistically the both nostalgic and merciless emotions of youth and the magic of the Finnish Tango.

Finland 1990 Dir Aki Kaurismäki

Finland 1993 Dir Markku Pölönen


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