Rent Woman at War (2018)

3.9 of 5 from 122 ratings
1h 36min
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Synopsis:
To her friends, Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) leads a quiet and routine life. But her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life as a committed environmental activist. Known to others as "The Mountain Woman", she wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland landscape that is under threat. Just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that will change everything. She will be forced to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling her dream of becoming a mother.
Funny, moving and utterly unique, 'Woman at War' follows Halla as she juggles the adoption of a beautiful little girl whilst planning her final act of industrial sabotage.
Actors:
, , , , , Gunnar Bersi Björnsson, , , Iryna Danyleiko, Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, , , Galyna Goncharenko, , Thorstein Gudmundsson, , Albert Halldórsson, , Margaryta Hilska
Directors:
Producers:
Benedikt Erlingsson, Carine Leblanc, Marianne Slot
Writers:
Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egilsson
Aka:
Kona fer í stríð
Studio:
Picture House Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Iceland, New Releases, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, Icelandic, Spanish, Ukrainian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with Benedict Erlingsson and Halldora Geirhardsdottir (29 mins Approx.)
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English, Icelandic, Spanish, Ukrainian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Benedict Erlingsson and Halldora Geirhardsdottir (29 mins Approx.)

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Reviews (1) of Woman at War

Weighty environmental fable with a light touch and warm heart - Woman at War review by PD

Spoiler Alert
13/11/2019

Benedikt Erlingsson's film raises some weighty themes but treats them with a very light touch and warm heart. It's basically an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied up with a bow of midlife soul-searching. The package is a little hit-and-miss, but is still very watchable due to to an engaging central performance and a cinematographer, Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson, whose sweeping shots of frozen heath and lowering Icelandic skies tend to save us from extraneous distractions.

The movie’s heart and spine is Halla (Halldora Geirharosdottir), 50, a sunny choir director and fearless eco-activist. Intent on halting the construction of a new aluminum smelter outside Reykjavik, she sabotages power lines and does (literal) battle with the drones deployed to find her. Her exploits become increasingly daring, and when we see no partner or family other than an identical twin sister (also played by Geirharosdottir), we begin to wonder if her adventures are filling more than just a need to save her homeland, a suspicion strengthened after the arrival of a letter announcing that her application to adopt a child, filed years earlier, has been approved. Yet as Halla teeters between motherhood and vandalism, creation and destruction, her embrace of the natural world intensifies. Often she’s pictured moving through water or clinging to the earth, face buried in gorse and arms flung wide, as if trying to stop her world from spinning, whilst surreal touches, like pop-up musicians only Halla can see, give the movie’s politics a playful, fable-like quality.

There's quite a few implausible plot twists and the adoption sub-plot perhaps doesn't quite work as well as the main 'woman vs world' theme, but generally this is a poignant, intriguing piece of filmmaking.

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