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TIFF 2018 Review: “Woman at War” (2018) ★★★★★


European cinema has always been rich, imaginative and creative. The subject matters they have in their movies are quite fascinating and encouraging. Why? Maybe because they don’t go back and forth, or play with words, and take life the way it is and translate it onto the big screen. This is what we are about to see, the real thing happening next door.

“Woman at War” is an absolutely outstanding movie on so many levels. It has an intelligent subject matter, talks about the environment, touches upon the relationship between twin sisters, adoption and the friendship with Mother Nature. And it’s all being told through Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a woman who declares war against the government to save Iceland’s natural landscapes from industrialist destruction. However, her plans will be disrupted by the surprise letter delivered from Ukraine in which it states that her application has been approved for adoption.

Supported by a cheerful soundtrack, “Woman at War” is a complete joy to watch. It’s wicked, hilarious, sad and very uplifting at the same time. Especially when you reach towards the end, I am sure some viewers will be touched by what will be unfolding in the last ten minutes. Because those ten minutes are the most beautiful and unforgettable in the history of cinema. Just watch it and you will understand what I am talking about.


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