10 – The Match Factory Girl (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland, 1990)

A lonely match-factory worker, living with strict parents, is made pregnant after a one-night stand. Fed up with everything and everyone she lurks for revenge…

In this atypical serial killing comedy-drama, a (highly) personal take on The Little Match Girl, Kaurismaki’s muse, Kati Outinen, goes on a killing spree with such gently caring face, you just don’t see it coming… as her victims don’t. As usual the question raised by Kaurismaki surreal and unmatched satiric style is: shall we cry or shall we laugh?

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