Woman at War
In Cinemas Now
On the high lands of Iceland, a middle-aged woman declares war against the aluminium industry disfiguring the country in this thriller from the director of Of Horses and Men.
"50 year-old Halla lives in the beautiful Icelandic Highlands. The warm-hearted choir leader also leads a secret life as a passionate hardcore environmental activist. Armed with her bow and arrow, deftly wielded, Halla sabotages the industry that she feels threatens her beloved landscape. As she embarks on her boldest sabotage plan yet, the stakes are raised when she finds out that she is on the verge of realising a long-cherished dream to adopt a child." (Sydney Film Festival)
- Bay Of Plenty
- Hawke's Bay
- Nelson-Tasman Bay
- Taupo-Central Plateau
- West Coast
- Benedikt Erlingsson('Of Horses and Men')
Action, Thriller, World Cinema, Festival & Independent
Icelandic with English subtitles
France, Iceland, Ukraine
While a little unnecessarily whimsical at times, Woman At War is a beautiful portrait of a woman holding tight to hope. Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir plays protagonist Halla, an environmentalist on the cusp of fifty who spends her time teaching choir and sabotaging the local Icelandic aluminium industry. Halla’s dedication to mischievous, anonymous ecoterrorism is called into question when she finds out the adoption application she submitted years ago has finally been granted.
It’s an interesting question posed by this film; the risk motherhood might have on a protestor’s propensity for illegal activism. Is it better to make a small impact on a global issue, or a major impact in the life of one child?
Geirharðsdóttir is fantastic as Halla, and also plays Halla’s twin sister Ása, a bohemian artist and yogi. The actress is gently charming, and embodies both roles with ferocity and kindness in equal measure. The landscapes of Iceland, too, are beautifully captured in this film. The absurdist tone and eccentric running gags—a three-piece band that follows Halla through the countryside, a jinxed tourist repeatedly blamed for Halla’s crimes—at times take away from Halla’s journey, but never her magnetism.
A film that tackles environmental anxieties with complexity and care, Woman At War is a film for our times.
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)
It’s Iceland, it’s a strong beautiful older female lead, it’s knitwear AND it’s so very good
I hope they make many many more movies. takk