North Country

North Country
North Country
  • R
  • 2h 6m
  • 2005
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Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Monster) teams with Niki Caro, the award-winning screenwriter and director of Whale Rider, for this fictionalized version of the first successful legal prosecution of asexual-harassment case in the United States. After fleeing from her abusive husband, young mother Josey Aimes (Theron) returns home to Minnesota, where she finds work in the iron mines. Josey refuses to endure the frequent sexual innuendoes and unwelcome physical contact that her male co-workers inflict on the women. When her complaints to the mine owners fall on deaf ears, Josey seeks a legal remedy, becoming the key plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that leads to the first sexual harassment ruling in United States judicial history.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane

You cannot help being stirred by the reach and depth, the constant rebuffs to sloppiness, of a str...

June 21, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

Though the dirt and grime in North Country are artfully applied, it's purely cosmetic and skin-dee...

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday

North Country does a good job in ratcheting up the tension and unfairness until the audience is br...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Excellent, moving, but for mature audiences only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature drama begins with a woman leaving her husband after he has beaten her (beating is unseen, but her bloody, bruised face is visible). The movie includes tense family scenes, when the woman argues with her father (a miner who believes she should have stayed with her husband), and with her son (who eventually learns the identity of his father, a high school teacher who raped his mother when she was a student: this violent scene appears in flashback pieces, and might upset younger viewers). The film includes repeated scenes of harsh harassment of women workers at the mine: graffiti, rough language, semen left in a locker, a PortAJohn turned over with a woman inside, and one man assaults a woman, pressing her onto a pile of rocks and leaving her dirty and bruised. High school hockey games include some typical roughness. A woman develops Lou Gherig's disease and we see her deterioration.

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Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 21, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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