Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than Woman at War, Benedikt Erlingsson’s gloriously Icelandic […], near- perfect follow-up to Of Horses and Men [HIFF 2014], featuring an environmental activist modestly taking on the world […].
Commentators will be tumbling over themselves trying to define what kind of movie this is: comedy, musical, social drama, politically correct issue film. It’s all those except the last; political correctness implies one-dimensional preaching that narrowly cuts off conversations, […] whereas Woman at War deftly centralizes a profound humanity from which vital issues are comfortably suspended. […] Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is […] an anonymous figure using a potent bow and arrow to bring down power lines in a one-woman crusade against heavy industry.
Grounding everything is Geirharðsdóttir’s splendid performance(s), fleshing out Halla’s character as a grassroots Robin Hood with warmth and quiet determination. […] As he did with Erlingsson’s previous feature, [cinematographer] Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson again proves himself a master of capturing the tranquil beauty of the Icelandic landscape, ultra-sensitive to lighting […] and the joys of the unexpected.
Jay Weissberg, Variety