Benedikt Erlingsson directs Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir and Jóhann Sigurðarson in this eco warrior drama were a middle-aged choir master disrupts the power supply to a factory that threatens the Icelandic environment.
Better than I expected. The terrorist actions have a rugged survivalist thrill that apes The Fugitive on a low budget. Erlingsson’s direction is playful, the minimalist orchestra who score Halla’s crusade often appear on camera with her. A rebellious, quirky nod that reminds one of Jim Jarmusch or Wes Anderson or John Michael McDonagh. The final sequence makes its point with impactful cinematic confidence. No speeches needed. Our hero matches this. Geirharðsdóttir’s lead performance is sympathetic without pleading, quietly layered. She elevates a solid indie polemic that does its campaigning with wit and action.
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