I have always felt that if altercations between men and women were described as assault, justice would be served ... oop oop, back to reality!!! The film North Country is a fictional depiction of a landmark sexual harassment suit in the late 80s. This film is a well done look at the work relationships in jobs where women are not welcome. It shows the ugliest side of human nature, the battle of the sexes rages. I think this film is about territory, dominance, money and survival. The actions toward the women are disturbing, but the courage and perseverance of the principles is admirable.
The cast is wonderful. Oscar winners abound, but the standouts for me were Frances McDormand and Sean Bean. To me, their characters depicted how people should treat each other. Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron gave admirable perfomances also. (Theron is still gorgeous under all that dirt!)