Review: A woman takes on the paternalistic powers foolish enough to test her in ‘The County’

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Inextricably grounded in lead Arndis Hrönn Egilsdöttir’s quietly defiant functionality, “The County” tells an immersive, timeless David vs . Goliath story set towards a contemporary backdrop associated with shifting societal norms.

The underdog involved is Egilsdöttir’s Inga, the recently widowed dairy character in the northwest of Iceland who faces off contrary to the formidable cooperative that has kept her financially struggling neighbors effectively hogtied with its bullying, monopolistic practices.

Inga discovers the degree to which the co-op might have played a role in the passing away of her husband, Reynir (Hinrik Ólafsson). He had already been blackmailed into snitching on those who, rather than pay the particular outfit’s exobritant prices, purchased their supplies elsewhere. Having her grievances to Fb, she sets the stage for an increasingly unpleasant open public confrontation.

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Inga will go where the likes of Erin Brockovich and Norma Rae have campaigned before the girl. However , accomplished writer-director Grímur Hákonarson , whose previous film, 2015’s “Rams, ” won the prestigious Un Certain Consider prize at Cannes, does not need sweeping symphonic fanfares or throngs of cheering crowds to rouse his audience.

All of that is required is to have Estonian cinematographer Mart Taniel keep his camera tightly educated on Inga’s unapologetically lived-in, deceptively world-weary face.

Coming across like an Icelandic Frances McDormand , Egilsdöttir wears her socially ostracized survivor’s behavioral instinct like a suit of shield, ready and able to perform battle with whatever smug, paternalistic adversary may be fool sufficient to cross her route.

‘The County’

In Icelandic with English subtitles

Not rated

Running period: 1 hour, thirty-two minutes

Playing: Starts April 30, Lumiere Movie theater, Beverly Hills, and in restricted release where theaters are open; also available, Laemmle Virtual Cinema