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Screen cap from Icelandic “Woman at War”

by Sam Juliano

By George it does appear that Spring is doing her best to expel Winter’s dogged hold on the outdoor temperatures, but as is the case at this distinctly bi-polar time of the year we quickly fall back into coldness.  In any case this weekend we turned our clocks ahead (Daylight Savings Time) and lost an hour of sleep, but on the positive side the light of day will last longer moving forward.  Here at Wonders in the Dark, my co-editor James Clark and his Canadian colleague J.D. Lafrance have maintained our high standard of film reviewing with a splendid assortment of art house, American indes and some seemingly forgotten commercial fare.  This past week Jim brought us the 2018 French import Let the Sunshine In starring Juliette Binoche and J.D. featured the cult favorite Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro.  Great stuff!

A largely riveting Icelandic comedy-thriller Woman at War is currently playing at Manhattan’s IFC Film Center, where Lucille and I caught the 7:35 showing this past Monday (3/4) evening.  Halla (Halldora Geirharosdottir in a superlative, often acrobatic performance) plays a woman on a mission, sabotaging aluminum plant power supplies in the island country, guided by the ideals of her two heroes, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and aided by her “alleged” cousin and muses, a small band of musicians who seem to be following her on her principled journey. Surely unlike anything one is likely to see, and stylishly directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. (This is a 2019 film for all of us in the US as it opened this week stateside for the first time). (more…)

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