Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist.
Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter.
But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine.
As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.
Woman at War, the newest offering from Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. A serious fairy tale told with a smile.
★★★★½ - Stuff
"A warm, witty, wise and absolutely endearing movie. The best comedy-thriller in years""
★★★★ - NZ Herald
"Wonderfully offbeat... this thriller will put a smile on your face"
★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald
"What I loved is the combination of purpose and artistry: the depth of feeling, the depth of storytelling, the profound connection to the landscape in which it is set, and the superb and decisive humour."
"Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite" ... "deadpan humor and visual bliss" - Hollywood Reporter
"Delightful... near-perfect" - Variety
"Delightfully odd... Frequently hilarious... Never loses sight of what is at stake" - NZ Herald
"A social justice warrior-style Joan of Arc" - British Film Institute