Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s follow-up to the eccentric comedy Of Horses and Men is a similar genre-fluid trip, playfully steeped in Iceland’s heritage and landscape.
Independent, feisty 40-something Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) leads a double life as an undercover environmental activist. She’s declared a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry to protect her homeland’s pristine Highlands. As Halla’s acts of sabotage grow ever more extreme, Erlingsson ingeniously blends the traditional (sheep, landscape, family bonds) with the modern (drones, thermal cameras, CCTV), using the most idiosyncratic of soundtracks to mine a unique seam of humour, but never detracting from the gravitas of Halla’s campaign.
Charming and smartly plotted, the quirky gags keep cantering along (I mean, how many uses can there be for a dead ram?). This is delightful, mature and hugely enjoyable filmmaking – a call to arms that delivers laughs hand-in-hand with an urgent political and human message.
- Sarah Lutton, BFI London Film Festival
The 2:45pm screening on Thurs 16 May will start promptly without ads or trailers.