Woman At War, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, is a low-key gem, a small, understated beauty of a film.
With an incredible central performance by Halldora Geirharosdottir as Halla, a fifty year old climate change activist, it straddles political thriller and satire.
Halla is a seemingly ordinary citizen of Iceland, who teaches a choir and longs to adopt a small child. But she’s quietly waging a one woman campaign against the aluminium industry, by cutting power lines, armed with tools, bow and arrow and some cunning disguises.
With some surreal, sly humour (a quirky band keep appearing during moments of high tension) and subtle symbolism, Erlingsson proves that points of global concern are most effective when delivered in a whisper.
There’s wonderful support from Jorundur Ragnarsson and Johann Siguroarson, but it is Geirharosdottir’s performance which captivates- she is expressive, intelligent and has great comic timing, even when squeezing your heart.
It’s a timely, ultimately moving prayer to the planet: nothing short of heroic.
Released on May 3rd, across Scotland. Screening at Glasgow Film Theatre.