Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged woman who has declared war on the aluminum industry to prevent it from ruining her country. Destroying infrastructure by pulling down electrical, and engaging in other eco-terrorist activities, it isn’t long before she is being hunted by law enforcement.
These deep-seeded beliefs are thrown into the mainstream as she writes a manifesto and shares it with those on the streets below. As the world becomes aware of her philosopy, it is amazing to see how the news outlets being shaping opinions on her actions rather than providing accurate information.
In the midst of this is the shocking fact that, four years after she applied, she is told that she is able to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine. Despite being labelled as a criminal and a terrorist, deep down, Halla sees herself as a caretaker. Which decision between what is needed for the greater good and her desires for personal happiness a tough one.
An interesting film, Woman at War is hard to pin down. Is it a political statement? Is it satire drenched in absurdist overtones? It is at times funny, emotional, and tense. While it is hard to say whether the film truly has a political statement to make, the film is, if nothing else, determined to stand out from the pack.