North Country follows the story of Josey Aimes – a mother who just wants a decent job so she can put food on the table and take care of her family.
What she gets is threatened, insulted, ogled, fondled, belittled, attacked and called disparaging names. "Take it like a man," is the callous response she gets from her male boss. But Josey decides to fight back. Charlize Theron plays Josey in the searing story of women who broke the gender barrier labouring in hazardous Minnesota iron mines.
North Country is a fictional account of the first successful sexual harassment lawsuit. The director and writer based the film on the book “Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law” by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler. The novel chronicles the real-life case of Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Company.
Nominated for two Oscars®.
“North Country takes on the subject of institutionalised sexual harassment at its most primitive and bludgeoning… linking the cruelty of the mine to a community that places female sexuality at the heart of every problem.
From the callous, compulsory gynaecological exam Josey is given by the company doctor to the shame her father feels over her situation, the film presents a culture riddled with regressive misogyny.”