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From Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, who scored an art house his with 2013’s triumphant OF HORSES AND MEN, comes another pleasingly off-the-wall story that winningly combines an absurdist comedy and tense thriller, with an important message.
Halla (the formidable Halldora Geirharosdottir) seems to lead a quiet and routine existence. But her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life, wherein she also operates as a committed environmental activist. Known to others and in the media only by the alias ‘the Woman of the Mountain’, she is Joan of Arc-esque figure, armed with an elaborate bow and arrow, dashing across the countryside to vanquish offenders.
Playful, touching and funny, WOMAN AT WAR is confidently and stylishly made, sound-tracked by Icelandic folk music as it follows its appealing, fierce and focused heroine as she ponders whether to continue directing her substantial energies out into the world.