Benedikt Erlingsson follows up his 2013 hit Of Horses and Men with this warm-hearted and utterly unique look at an Icelandic eco-warrior juggling environmental action and foster motherhood.
Halla (the formidable Halldóra Geirharõsdóttir) leads a quiet, routine existence. But her upbeat exterior hides a secret double life as a committed environmental activist, waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland landscape that is under threat. As she takes down drones, explodes pylons, and fires crossbows, she receives unexpected news – her dreams of becoming a mother may be fulfilled sooner than she thinks. What will come first – her eco crusade, or the future of a daughter she has yet to meet?
Soundtracked by a great Icelandic oompah band and a Ukrainian vocal trio (played quirkily by musicians on screen), Woman at War is a real treat: playful, touching, and funny. We think its mix of gentle satire, environmental activism and off-the-wall humour. Enjoy.
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is brilliant