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The Match Factory Girl 

This is the best film by Aki Kaurismaki that I've seen. The conclusion of his "proletarian trilogy" that began with Shadows in Paradise and Ariel, this work centers on a meek, morose assembly-line worker (Kati Outinen) who is brutalized by her mother and stepfather and usually ignored by everyone else. After she's picked up and impregnated by a well-to-do architect who coolly exploits her, she plots and executes a rather extravagant revenge. Basically a postmodernist reshuffling of Robert Bresson and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this doesn't hold a candle to the best work of either. But on its own terms, it has an unmistakable minimalist elegance (1990). (Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday, July 6, 7:45, 443-3737)

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