And Breathe Normally
Icelandic writer/director Ísold Uggadóttir’s deeply human drama tells the story of two very different women. Both single mothers, Lára is a trainee border control officer whose desperately needed new job begins to gnaw at her conscience when prodded by young cat-loving son Eldar. Then there’s Adja, an asylum seeker fleeing Guinea Bissau in a fraught attempt to reach her daughter in Canada. Denied passage by Lára, Adja nevertheless comes to the officer’s aid in unexpected fashion. Far from cloying, this is a soaring tribute to the power of female solidarity and the deep bonds of love in a harshly beautiful place.