Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019)


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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.


Critic Reviews for Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Beneath the playful surfaces - musical interludes, quirky neighbors, happy smiley eco-terrorists, Rube Goldbergian sabotage attempts - lie some uncomfortable truths about citizenship, family, and privilege.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

What Woman at War has above all is a terrific premise; and by that token, a terrific opening scene.

May 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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Droll Icelandic whimsy in the form of a clever eco-caper comedy.

Feb 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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