North Country

"All She Wanted Was To Make A Living. Instead She Made History."

Inspired by two books, North Country is based in 1989 in a northern Minnesota small town. Josey (Charlize Theron) returns to her hometown with her children Sam and Karen after leaving an abusive husband. She moves in with her mother, Alice, and disapproving father, Hank. Josey is not readily accepted back into the community because she is believed to be promiscuous for getting pregnant at 16 with her son, Sam. Josey gets a job at a local iron mine with the help of her friend, Glory. She also moves in with Glory and her boyfriend Kyle because of the toxic relationship with her father.

Josey becomes friends with the women she works with, but has trouble with her high school boyfriend, Bobby Sharp, who also works there. Josey reports the harassment she is experiencing from him to her superiors but it only seems to worsen the situation and cause the other women to be verbally and physically abused by the men. Rumors and dislike for Josey spread even more throughout the town and workplace.

As the harassment continues Josey quits her job and asks a lawyer friend of Glory and Kyle, Bill White, to help her file a lawsuit against the company. Josey is told that the only way to win the case would be to get the other women to testify with her, but the women refuse.

At court, the mines lawyer brings up Josey's promiscuous past as an attempt to discredit her. Josey confesses that Sam is the product of rape and not of a consensual relationship, and Bill White gets Bobby Sharp to validate her story. Glory, ill with Lou Gehrig's Disease and in a wheelchair, shows up in the courtroom and Kyle reads a letter from her stating that she stands by Josey. This causes the other women to stand and show their support. Josey wins the case and the mine is ordered to pay the women for their suffering and also has to implement a sexual harassment policy.

R
| 2005 | 2 hr 6 min | 7.3/10
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Niki Caro
Language
English
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