Woman at War
From Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, who scored an arthouse hit with 2013's triumphant Of Horses and Men, comes another pleasingly off-the-wall story that winningly combines an absurdist comedy with a tense thriller. This is an absolute gem of a film - a funny, warm, and moving story about a middle aged woman who has decided to take the global big business threat to her small local community into her own hands with hilarious results.
Halla (Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir) seems to lead a quiet and routine existence. But her upbeat exterior hides a secret double life, wherein she also operates as a committed environmental activist. Known to others and in the media only by her alias 'The Woman of the Mountain', she is a Joan of Arc-esque figure, armed with an elaborate bow and arrow, dashing across the countryside to vanquish offenders. But as she begins to plan her boldest operation yet, she receives unexpected news - forcing her to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling another, more personal dream.
Playful, touching and funny, Woman at War is confidently and stylishly made, soundtracked by Icelandic folk music (played quirkily by musicians on-screen) as it follows its fierce and appealing heroine as she ponders whether to continue directing her substantial energies out into the world. Many of you will already be aware of the droll sense of humour that infuses the cinema of this small Nordic nation, but if you haven't experienced it yet, this is the perfect way to find out what you've been missing.
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