Woman at War

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“From the start, Woman at War lets you know that you’re in for a ride that will be as arresting visually as it is offbeat conceptually. It opens with gorgeous shots of the rugged Icelandic countryside, where a woman short-circuits a string of power lines with only a bow and arrow. The middle-aged ecoterrorist then flees across the gentle hills, as music from a small combo plays in the background — literally in the background, because when she stops to catch her breath, we see the three musicians who are playing the score standing on the heath behind her. This filmmaker has both a great eye and a great fondness for silliness. Halla is a mild-mannered ecoterrorist who roams the heath striking back at the industrialization that threatens her country, then hiding from the drones, infrared cameras and helicopters full of cops that try to track her down. And by the way, she’s a choirmaster who is trying to adopt a 4-year-old Ukrainian girl. And she has a twin sister. And a new friend who lives in the country with a loud dog and a bunch of sheep. All of this will prove to be important. And funny. And serious. Erlingsson is dealing with elemental matters here — the destruction of the environment, the degradation of politics into a sideshow, the yearning for human connection — but he’s having too much fun to get all solemn about it. He’s a prankster with a purpose, an artist unafraid to get goofy. And Woman at War is a beautiful hoot.” —Steve Pond, The Wrap. In English, and in Icelandic, Ukrainian and Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 101 Min.