Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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matchy factory girl movie aki kaurismaki
The Match Factory Girl (1990)
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
This is a bleak, blunt conclusion to Aki Kaurismäki’s Proleteriat Trilogy, but its 66 minutes are enough to deliver, with a happy death-rattle, a conclusive judgment on life and love: not worth it. Iris (Kati Outinen) exists to serve, fixing matchboxes at work and soup for her mother and stepfather at home. Any ambitions—a one-night stand, a pretty dress—get brutally curtailed, like the factory logs being stripped and chopped with mechanical precision. But, like a sharp stray chip careening off the line, Iris lights a cigarette and exacts revenge; we can assume no Little Match Girl angels are forthcoming. Elina Mishuris (Dec 10-11 at Lincoln Center, part of its Ozu and His Afterlives)

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