north country movie review - Aussieboyreviews
ARE THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT THEMES IN NORTH COUNTRY FOR GENDER EQUALITY AUDIENCES?
This rough, moving and mature drama is about sexual harassment and law. It’s very memorable watch that stands up for women new to the workplace.
After fleeing from her husband having suffering a long period of abuse, Josey tries to support her two children by starting to work in a mine. However, her father disapproves of her new job and she faces sexual harassment.
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Sissy Spacek
Writer: Michael Seitzman
Release Date (Australia): 23 January 2006
Runtime: 126 minutes/2h 6m
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains thematic elements such as sexual harassment, courtroom action, abuse and depictions of a teenage girl being raped by her male teacher.
A teenage girl is raped by her male teacher.
There is infrequent verbal and written use of the word “c**ts” and uses of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “bitch”, “whore”, “hell”, “damn” and “ass”.
There is a single verbal reference to smoking a joint.
There are brief depictions of a rubber dildo.
The film includes a scene of sexualised violence, verbal sexual references and depictions of a sex toy.
R (for sequences involving sexual harassment including violence and dialogue, and for language)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Charlize Theron is neither over-the-top or any less than ideal in this rough but moving sexual harassment drama. The real issue is how the exceptional talent is alined with the undersupply of the courtroom sequences this movie really seemed to assure. North Country follows Josey Aimes, a mother who experiences ranges of sexual harassment perpetrated by her male co-workers when she begins working in a mine.
This movie is simply never boring, despite the fact that some of the content wasn’t totally necessary and could’ve been cut from it. There are probably too many demonstrations of it to suit as perfect, but the story clearly portrays Theron as a woman dealing with the sexist issues at work and also having trouble with her relationships with her kids and parents. She’s pretty convincing throughout all of this, and she’s not hysterical for the whole 2 hours.
Again, this movie could really use some more lengthy scenes in court and it should depict the courtroom action in a more lifelike fashion. Throughout the film, there’s very short popups of the court sequences, but it’s mostly saved towards the end. It could’ve chosen to cleverly jump back and forth between the previous plot themes and the court sequence, but it just doesn’t. Anyway, that doesn’t stop it from being a fine viewing. It’s moving story of justice for sexual harassment in the workplace and the power men beheld.
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