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Halla, a woman in her forties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland-but the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a small orphan in her life.


  • Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir
  • Jóhann Sigurðarson
  • Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
  • Jörundur Ragnarsson
  • Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
  • Gunnar Bersi Björnsson
  • Helga Braga Jónsdóttir
  • Charlotte Bøving
  • Iryna Danyleiko
  • Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir

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  • When introducing herself to Nika, Halla states her real name. However, at that point she has switched identities with her sister and should really introduce herself as Åsa.


    • Halla: Economic sabotage.
    • Ása: Now you're going to save a child and the entire world with it. Isn't that a small drop or is it just vanity?
    • Halla: At least I'm doing something for someone else.
    • Ása: It's extremism, which breeds extremism. He who Jives by the sword, dies by the sword.
    • Halla: But no one has been hurt, except our country and our planet.
    • Ása: It's not the right way to solve this problem.
    • Halla: Meditating in some convent, will that change something?
    • Ása: It will change me and thus the world I hope.
    • Halla: Isn't that egoism, to think it will change the world?
    • Ása: The drop hollows the stone.
    • Halla: The stone? The mountains are falling on us, we don't have time to wait for drops.
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4.5 out of 5
Verified Review

A fascinating combination of suspense and emotion with a powerful female hero.

Stephanie L

Ragnor Lothbrock!

Lesley M


Feb 28, 2019

Woman At War is one of the best films I’ve seen about climate change that isn’t either a documentary or an extremely pedantic horror story.

Metacritic review by Lorry Kikta
Lorry Kikta
Film Threat
May 18, 2018

There are a few standout scenes in War's closing reels, as well as a few cleverly executed twists, yet Erlingsson doesn't let them undercut the movie's emotional sway.

Metacritic review by Jordan Mintzer
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2018

Carried by a magnetic performance from Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a dual role (she plays both Halla and her identical twin sister Asa), Benedikt Erlingsson’s enjoyable follow up to Of Horses And Men is elevated by wryly idiosyncratic flourishes in its execution.

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International