Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humour as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than “Woman at War” - Variety
Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminium industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she's finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine.
Join the Centre for Sustainability, Equality & Climate Action at Queen's for a Q&A after the screening. Prof John Barry will offer some reflections on the film before an audience discussion chaired by Dr Amanda Slevin.
Independent, feisty 40-something Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) leads a double life as an undercover environmental activist. She’s declared a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry to protect her homeland’s pristine Highlands. As Halla’s acts of sabotage grow ever more extreme, Erlingsson ingeniously blends the traditional (sheep, landscape, family bonds) with the modern (drones, thermal cameras, CCTV), using the most idiosyncratic of soundtracks to mine a unique seam of humour, but never detracting from the gravitas of Halla’s campaign.
Charming and smartly plotted, the quirky gags keep cantering along (I mean, how many uses can there be for a dead ram?). This is delightful, mature and hugely enjoyable filmmaking – a call to arms that delivers laughs hand-in-hand with an urgent political and human message.
- Sarah Lutton, BFI London Film Festival