Woman at War

4th April, 2019 (M)
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  • Director Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Cast Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
  • Duration 101 min
  • Rating M
  • Genre Drama
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace James St, Palace Norton Street

Synopsis

WOMAN AT WAR, the newest offering from Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson (OF HORSES AND MEN), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. A serious fairy tale told with a smile that audiences and critics alike are falling in love with.

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic 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 aluminium 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 aluminium 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 saviour of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.

Reviews

  • "A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch." Globe & Mail 
  • "Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite." Hollywood Reporter 
  • "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?" Variety 

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