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North Country

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Source: Catholic News Service

Compelling drama set in northern Minnesota about a struggling single mother of two (Charlize Theron), who takes a job at a local mine, and encounters hostility and abuse from the predominantly male ranks. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer (Woody Harrelson), she eventually stands up for herself and her female co-workers (including Frances McDormand) by filing a landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against the mining company. Buttressed by an emotionally forceful performance by Theron, director Niki Caro's film avoids melodrama while touching on issues of gender discrimination, justice, family, community and human dignity. Scenes of workplace harassment including lewd comments and humor plus obscene graffiti, groping and assorted other malicious mischief involving scatological and sex gags, implied spousal abuse, a suggested rape, and recurring rough and crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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