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Felicia Jolly November 21, 2006 Film Analysis Paper Eng 282 North Country Niki Caro’s North Country is a true story that takes the viewer into the world of the Northern Minnesota steel mines. Steel is a major resource for the area and the mines are the top employer for the people of Northern Minnesota. Steel mining was always believed to be a man’s job and the mine was thought to be no place for a woman. In 1975, the first woman miner was hired but that never meant that they were accepted into the workplace. Even in 1989, when the story takes place, the males in the mine outnumbered the females thirty to one. We are taken into the mines through Josie Aims, a woman that was raised in the area and had just recently moved home and was looking for a job. Josie had led a lifetime of troubles and moved home to avoid the wrath of an abusive husband only to find more pain and heartache from friends, family, and work. This film is about Josie’s battle of standing up for what was right and trying to make the wrongs she found in life right again. We are introduced to Josie and her daughter, Karen, when her husband has just arrived home. During this we can hear her talking about having a tough life. Then the camera wipes to a close up of Josie talking and this editing feature interferes with our sense of time. We then see that she is sitting on the stand in a court room. This is when we find out that we are seeing Josie’s testimony but we still are not sure what she is in
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Jolly 2 court for. When we return to Josie at her house she tightly framed lying on the floor. As she rises up from the floor we see that she has been beaten. After this Josie takes her daughter and son, Sammy, and vows never to come back to the house. While Josie is driving we see her yet again in another tight frame. When they stop for gas a hunter drives by with two dead deer on his trailer. This serves as a representation for the innocent that are kept silent by the unjust things being done to them. Josie arrives at home to the open arms of her mother but only to criticism and doubt from her father. This is just the first of many times we are shown that Josie’s father is disappointed of her. When her father sees that she has been beaten he questions if she had cheated and her mother makes excuses for him since he doesn’t have a job and that he needed something to do. Josie still can’t escape her husband since he shows up at her parents. We see her fight through the tight framing of a window pane but we can’t hear what is said since we are seeing it from Sammy’s view inside the house. Josie also has to deal with the criticism of the people in her town. When Josie attends church with her parents and children, we see her in a high angle shot which minimizes her and makes her seem looked down upon by the other people of the church. We are also shown this between seeing the glares from church members and hearing some of the women talking about how she is always trouble for her
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This essay was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENG 282 taught by Professor Mensch during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.

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