Woman at War (2019)

A climate conscious comedy with surreal elements accentuating the heroic efforts of its heroine, Woman at War produces a superhero in her own right in Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), aka “The Mountain Woman” who is trying to complete her mission to deindustrialize Iceland before she gains custody of a Ukrainian orphan with her twin sister Ása.  Evading public knowledge behind a Nelson Mandela mask and carefully pilfered typewriters, her message is sensible and her means are epic. Geirharðsdóttir manages the choir director-turned-environmental terrorist with a mix of urgency and authenticity, and her yoga instructor teacher breaches a goofiness level on par with the surreal mix of traditional music noting Halla’s brave venture into the criminal realm.  Focusing on the parent in Halla aiming for another generation to survive in a fast changing world, writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) unleashes a tempered, realistic quest at saving a species all the more powerful as we are saving ourselves: a mounting fear for the future of humanity. Fun, furious and ripe for its English-language remake (already announced).

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