Woman at War

This is a very funny comedy, attuned to the Thunbergian times we live in (despite being done before that). Quirky, but full of heart.

Our protagonist is a cool choir leader who secretly sabotages power lines that lead to an aluminium smelter in rural Iceland. The objective is to make the plant uneconomical to run, scaring away the Chinese investment to emit even more greenhouse gases. She is (even more secretly) supported by a mole in government, a young aide that keeps the heat off her.

They read the Snowden leaks, so only talk about the plans on the copier closet, with the copying machine on, putting their phones on the freezer. OPSEC that rivals many state actors.

There’s also a alleged cousin that might be thinking with his other brain. That cousin has a sheepdog named Woman, which makes for some double takes when it’s introduced.

Her twin sister is a hippy yoga teacher, planning to go to a ashram for a couple years to meditate. She is also unwittingly roped into that situation (in a funny way). There’s also a sweary Spanish guy constantly getting wrongly arrested by the police for being near her at the wrong times.

In between sabotages, she receives news that her four years long adoption request just came through. She is to take in a young child from the Donetsk area, whose family was killed in the civil war.

After semi-confessing to the deeds publicly, and some tribulations with the cops she leaves for Ukraine to get her new daughter, and start off her new life.

Another quirky aspect of this film is the diegetic use of music. The soundtrack is played by actual musicians that appear on the scenes, and they are not totally passive either.


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