Josey who played as a single mother in the film, left her abusive husband and returned to her Northern Minnesota city where she grew up. With her two young kids to support, Josey took a job in the local mine, but not before her old friend Glory, one of the few female miners in town, warned her of the kind of abuse she should expect from the mine's male, staff. The mines provide a livelihood that has sustained a community for generations. It's an industry long dominated by men, in a place unaccustomed to change. But no warning could prepare her for the daily dreadful conditions suffered by the female workers. She is prepared for the back-breaking and often dangerous work, but coping with the harassment she and the other female miners encounter from their male co-workers proves far more challenging. When Josey speaks out against the treatment she and her fellow workers face she is met with resistance not only from those in power but from a community that doesn't want to hear the truth, her disapproving parents and many of her own colleagues who fear she is only making things worse. In time, even her friendship with Glory will be tested, her already difficult connection with her father, a lifelong miner, will be pushed to its limit and elements of her personal life will be examined. The outcome from Josey's battle to make a better future for herself and her children will affect every aspect of her life, including her relationship with her young daughter and her sensitive teenage son, who must first cope with the embarrassment of his mother's sudden bad name and then face harsh details of her past she was hoping he would never have to know. Through these struggles Josey will find the courage to stand up for what she believes in even if that means standing alone.
North Country is about strong women who are punished because they are expected to be weak, and have enough at stake in their lives that to fight back would be too dangerous. In the early part of the...
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