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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:44 pm    Post subject: North Country Reply with quote

This appealing drama is inspired by the story of Lois Jensen, an American woman who filed a groundbreaking class action sexual harassment suit against a mining company.

Charlize Theron plays Josey who returns to her hometown in north Minnesota after a nasty break up. With two kids in toe, she's desperate to make some dosh so, at the suggestion of her old friend Glory (Frances McDormand), takes a job at the mine that employs Glory and Josey's father Hank (Richard Jenkins). Pretty soon the pit's men are angered because they believe she and the other women are taking their precious jobs. Once their teasing turns really vicious Josey decides to take action and calls upon ex local ice hockey star turned lawyer Bill (Woody Harrelson) to take on her case.

This film from Niki Caro, the New Zealand director of the superb Whale Rider, isn't just a courtroom drama there's also plenty of drama in Josey's personal life, particularly because her decision to take action affects everyone in the town. The character development is wonderful and there are some very touching scenes but on the negative side, it's a tad melodramatic and a little too preachy at times.
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