Friday, October 21, 2005

North Country

We saw North Country today.  I give it an A+, from a working woman's perspective.  Similar movies are "Erin Brockovich", "Norma Rae", and "Silkwood".  It's about a historic class action law suit between women employees and a mining company in Northern Minnesota.  That's the background.  In the foreground is the story of one woman who initiated the law suit after being physically and psychologically harassed while working in a mine.

Charlize Theron plays the staring role well.  She's oppressed starting in high school, throughout a marriage to a husband who beats her, and in the mines as well.  She feels she has no choice but to fight back.

The story is supposed to be taking place in 1989.  I started working in 1969, and was well into my career in 1989.  I am so lucky I worked in a white collar world instead of blue.  I'm amazed that the kind of shit she had to put up with still went on in '89, and I wanted to shout at the movie screen, "Take that, you assholes!" 

Woody Harrelson plays an ex-hockey-playing lawyer.  Apparently he really is a skater, so they have him on the ice a few times.  He skates well, and he acts well in this movie.  He plays the sympathetic lawyer and there are some good courtroom scenes for him.

The rest of the cast is quite good.  There are character parts for several people you would recognize if you saw them, the most famous being Sissy Spacek.

The NY Times liked it, but thought it wasn't that great a movie.

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