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Josey needs a good job after a failed marriage. She joins the ranks of the miners but finds she and the other female miners encounter harassment from their male coworkers. When Josey speaks out against the treatment she and her fellow workers face, she is met with resistance. Josey decides to speak up for the truth, even if you has to do it alone.
Drama - This is a serious drama about a real-life case of sexual harrassment.
The film is aimed toward older adults, particularly women. There
are rough scenes of harrassment, rape, abuse, so it is not for
especially sensitive viewers.
PROFANITY: 12 F-words,6 S-words, 7 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A rough rape; constant sex talk; sexual drawings. VIOLENCE: A rough rape; men harrassing women. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good North Country is not a perfect motion picture, but it is stirring and emotionally forceful and, while that may not make it an Oscar contender, it makes it worth a trip to the multiplex.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent 'North Country' is one of those movies that stir you up and make you mad, because it dramatizes practices you've heard about but never really visualized.
USA TodayFull Review Good The milieu here is unforgiving, which makes fighting for basic rights important. You get a sense of why Bob Dylan — who performs on this soundtrack — wanted to bolt this frigid part of the map.
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When Josey Aimes (CHARLIZE THERON) returns to her hometown in Northern
Minnesota after a failed marriage, she needs a good job. A single mother with
two children to support, she turns to the predominant source of employment in
the region – the iron mines.
The mines provide a livelihood that has sustained a community for
generations. The work is hard but the pay is good and friendships that form on
the job extend into everyday life, bonding families and neighborhoods with a
It's an industry long dominated by men, in a place unaccustomed to change.
Encouraged by her old friend Glory (FRANCES McDORMAND), one of the few female
miners in town, Josey joins the ranks of those laboring to blast ore from rock
in the gaping quarries. She is prepared for the back-breaking and often
dangerous work, but coping with the harassment she and the other female miners
encounter from their male coworkers proves far more challenging.
Times are tough. The last thing the miners want is women competing for scarce
jobs – women who, in their estimation, have no business driving trucks and
hauling rock anyway. If these newcomers want to work the mines they'll have to
do it on the terms set by the veteran workforce and it won't be easy. Take it
or leave it. When Josey speaks out against the treatment she and her fellow
workers face she is met with resistance – not only from those in power but
from a community that doesn't want to hear the truth, her disapproving parents
and many of her own colleagues who fear she is only making things worse. In
time, even her friendship with Glory will be tested, her already difficult
connection with her father, a lifelong miner, will be pushed to its limit and
elements of her personal life exposed to scrutiny. The fallout from Josey's
battle to make a better future for herself and her children will affect every
aspect of her life, including her relationship with her young daughter and her
sensitive teenage son, who must first cope with the embarrassment of his
mother's sudden notoriety and then face harsh details of her past she was
hoping he would never have to know.
Through these struggles Josey will find the courage to stand up for what she
believes in – even if that means standing alone.