Woman at War

"Near perfect. Is there anything rarer than an intelligent, feel good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor?" Variety

Showing Times

Fri 10 May 18:30
Fri 10 May 20:45
Sat 11 May 14:15
Sun 12 May 17:30
Sun 12 May 19:45

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a mid-life choir leader with a secret identity as a bold eco warrior.  (Are you beginning to get a sense of the serious drollerie and droll seriousness, here?)  Confronted with the despoilation of her beloved Iceland by aluminium mining, she takes to the hills - literally - to thwart the rapacious industry.  Sabotage is a perilous way of life, particularly when the government calls in foreign intelligence agencies to help them nail the pesky David to their Goliath.  As the net tightens and Halla plans one last, decisive blow, she is halted in her tracks when she learns that a long ago application to adopt has finally been accepted.  Our valiant-if-unlikely-heroine must decide between saving the world or saving one child.

If you saw the extraordinary Of Horses and Men, also directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, you'll have a sense of the remarkable juggling act he achieves. Halla will steal your heart as she takes on iniquitous Big Business with a bow and arrow, and there are plenty of laughs along the way, but the mettle of the film is that its serious themes lodge tenaciously even as you are beguiled by the treatment.  Erlingsson's picaresque vision, aligned with a mesmerising central performance, awe inspiring cinematography and a playful handling of the soundtrack, all add up to something very special indeed.


Film Information

101 mins

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