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North Country

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Original title
North Country
Year
Running time
126 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Michael Seitzman (Book: Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy Gansler)
Music
Gustavo Santaolalla
Cinematography
Chris Menges
Cast
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Producer
Warner Bros. Pictures / Participant Productions
Genre
Drama | Social Drama. Job/Employment. 1990s
Official Site
http://northcountrymovie.warnerbros.com/
Synopsis / Plot
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 common thread.

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.

Inspired by a true story (written in the book titled “Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law,” by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler), North Country follows Josey’s journey on a road that will take her farther than she ever imagined, ultimately inspiring countless others, and leading to the nation’s first-ever class action lawsuit for sexual harassment.
Awards
2005: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Supporting Actress
2005: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Actress (Charlize Theron), Supporting Actress
2005: 2 Nominations BAFTA: Best Actress (Theron) and Supporting Actress (McDormand)
2005: 2 Nominations for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actress and Supporting Actress
2005: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Theron) & Sup. Actress (McDormand)
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