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North Country

 

USA 2005, 126 minutes
Dir. Niki Caro
Genres: Drama / Courtroom, Girl-centric

 

Aroview: Fact-based drama about a group of women miners in 1970s Minnesota who endured a hostile work environment, bullying and sexual abuse after becoming the first women to go underground at Eveleth iron mine.

The story begins when a young woman with a history of broken relationships (Theron) persuaded by a friend (McDormand) to take a job at the mine. After complaining about harassment, unwanted attentions from male colleagues escalate and even members of her own family turn against her for her stubborn persistence.

Theron fights back with legal challenges and lawsuits, and Kiwi dir. Caro adroitly guides the story between drama, family melodrama and courtroom climax, with a compelling thread of injustice binding the film together. Although fitted with a few too many stock twists and revelations, the essence of this worthy tale is more than realised.

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