Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)

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Treating its timely themes with a deceptively light touch, Woman at War is easy to enjoy in the moment, yet its impact lingers long after the closing credits roll.



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Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.


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The droll absurdity of Nordic cinema acquires an eco-terrorism edge in Woman at War, a movie filled with dualities and one singular performance.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Woman at War" exudes a puckish sense of humor even as it deals with dire matters.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The director's admiration and affection for Halla is clear, as are his activist sympathies, and they are put across with a lightness and a mild absurdity that make for a warmer experience than the material suggests.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a reflection of Erlingsson's confidence, both in his audience and his own filmmaking skills, that he leaves the final interpretation up to us.

Mar 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An artful fable that examines what it really means to save the world, Benedikt Erlingsson's "Woman at War" is the rarest of things: A crowd-pleaser about climate change.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Whenever you start thinking that the movie is one thing or the other, Mr. Erlingsson switches tones blithely, keeping you wondering what the next development will be. The result isn't perfect, but it's joyously audacious.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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