“Woman at War is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Woman At War Cert 12 1h 41min Eldon Building Screening Room 1.10 7 March
Halla, a 49-year-old eco-activist, sets out to disturb the plans and activities of an multinational corporation aluminium plant outside Iceland’s Reykjavik, all the while juggling an adoption process against a government that fights to disprove her. Through a set of trials and tribulations, Halla comes to risk everything to protect the Icelandic highlands from the encroaching local industries that seek to damage the environment.
Woman At War is a beautiful mishmash of genres and themes, a borderline idiosyncratic tale of love and revenge through the lens of environmental activism. It’s also an unyielding character study and an unapologetically feel-good movie. Much of the brilliance, too, comes from the central performance by HalldÃ³ra GeirharÃ°sdÃ³ttir, whose work in the movie has received universal praise. The visual literacy of the movie is commendable also, tracking vast and often breathtaking landscapes. With a pocketful of thrills and ingenious twists, Woman At War tackles urgent environmental issues in an effervescent, at times, irreverent dramedy, laying out a brilliant case against the corporation without sacrificing a single ounce of conviction.
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